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INTERVIEW: Lo Nightly

Q: Hi Lo, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

A: Hi VENTS! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this! Seriously, I really appreciate it! I’ve been really good! Just working and getting ready to release my second single!

Q: Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Say You Wanna”?

A: My latest single “Say You Wanna” was produced by David Moody, he’s one of the most incredible producers I’ve ever gotten to work with. He played me the beat to “Say You Wanna” and we had the song written & recorded within 2 hours. I think it’s really cool because it was one of our first sessions together and we just clicked instantly. 

Q: Did any particular event inspire you to write this song?

A: The song was inspired by a relationship I was in years ago. The idea was about a boy who can’t seem to make up his mind. I feel like a lot of people have this issue where they can’t decide if they’re fully invested or ready to walk away so they leave just to turn around and come back.

Q: Any plans to release a video for the single?

A: I just started planning the video! We have some amazing people who are sweet enough to help my vision come to life. I’m super excited because I’m working with a lot of my friends on this so we get to make art together! All of my friends have incredible visions for this video as well so I’m excited to see how it turns out!

Q: How was the writing and recording process?

A: As far as recording and writing, Moody really is the reason this song came to be what it is. He would have me do these insane dolphin sounds in the booth just so he’d have some vocals to mess with and they’re actually hidden within the beat. I’m really hard on myself when it comes to recording but he made the experience so enjoyable. As far as writing, I also just start simple with the melodies and then whatever comes to mind, concept wise, I usually just roll with. For me, if a song takes more than an hour to write, I’ll take a break and come back to it later. I don’t like to force things. 

Q: What roll does LA play in your music?

A: LA plays a huge roll in my music. LA is where all of this started for me. Almost all of my music has been inspired from the people and experiences I’ve had in this city. The good, the bad, the great, the tragic – All of it. 

Q: How has Jhene Aiko and Alina Baraz influenced your writing?

A:  I think I gravitate towards both of them because I’m able to relate to what they write about. Jhene Aiko and Alina Baraz are both huge inspirations in all of my music and just in life in general. I constantly listen to their music. Alina Baraz’s Urban Flora came out in 2015 and it’s still on repeat.

Q: How’s your new EP coming along?

A: My EP is in the works & I’m super excited for everyone to hear it. I have bout 16 songs that I need to choose from. With the EP, I want to show people the different sides of me & what I’m able to do. I can’t say much about it but if you know me at all you know that I love telling stories, so it’s a story about something I went through a few years ago. 

Q: Any tentative release date or title in mind?

A: I have a few ideas for the title but nothing set in stone! As far as the release, it should be out before June!

Q: Any plans to hit the road?

A: As of right now, I’m just going to be in the studio working as much as I can so I probably won’t be leaving LA for bit but I’m sure the second the EP drops, I’ll be popping up in a few cities. 

Q: What else is happening next in Lo Nightly’s world?

A: As far as life goes, I’m happiest when I’m in the studio. I have been working with a lot of new producers and I feel like I’m learning so much. As far as other projects, my first book should be available in the next few months. I’m a writer, ink flows through my veins so I’m excited for people to see this side of me too. Thank you so much VENTS! 

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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