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INTERVIEW: Lauren Henderson

Hi Lauren, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thank you for the warm welcome.  I am fine thank you, how are you?

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Amame”?

Ámame, which translates to “Love Me” is the first track of my new EP, Riptide.  It highlights the various aspects of making yourself vulnerable to someone and falling in love… in hopes that they will love you back.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Life.  Riptide is a reflection on past relationships.  It encompasses the beauty and pain we experience as we grow and develop through our interactions.  This particular snapshot ultimately ends in a separation, or terminating the relationship, which is best for both parties.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Absolutely! We are in the process of getting that together now! Stay tuned.

The single comes off your new album Riptide – what’s the story behind the title?

Riptide represents the violent waves, pushing and pulling us through a relationship.  It paints the natural strength of the things that are beyond our control.

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote these songs quickly. They basically came to me all at once, which is why I was passionate about releasing this EP.  It was a pleasure working with Nick, Eric, Chris and Joe.  They really brought the songs to life in the studio and added their own flare to the recording.  I appreciate all they did to move us through the process.

Does your approach tend to change when you are writing a song in a different language rather than your own?

I speak English and Spanish, although I am stronger in English, I often think in Spanish and enjoy writing music in Spanish immensely.  My approach does not change, I am thrilled to express myself in different ways and incorporate my Caribbean and Latin culture into my work.

How do you go on choosing what song goes on English or Spanish?

I think it chooses me.  Once I come up with a melody and concept for a song, it becomes very clear what direction I will take, that is if I don’t decide to use both languages.

What role does MA play in your writing? 

Massachusetts is where I grew up and formed so much of my love for music.  It will always have some influence on my writing.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

The inspiration for the music and lyrics comes from my personal experiences, growth, and reflection.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, I’ll be performing in New York and Miami throughout September and October.  In November and December, I’ll be touring Spain, Germany, France, and Italy.

What else is happening next in Lauren Henderson’s world?

I am releasing Riptide on October 19th, recording two additional records that will be released in January 2019 and March 2019, preparing for an international tour, building my label, Brontosaurus Records, and currently working on my MBA at Brown University.  I haven’t had much sleep, but I feel enriched and fulfilled.

For more info: LaurenHendersonMusic.com

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