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INTERVIEW: Lola Carmel

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

Hi Vents I’ve been well thank you just very busy lately.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Dreaming”? Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song? How was the recording and writing process?

I was inspired to write dreaming after hearing the instrumental it was very up beat and positive. I was in the bath when I wrote it, the first emotions it evoked were ones of happiness, love, acceptance & moving on. ‘I know it didn’t work but I’m wishing you the best’ was the first sentence that came to my head. At the time I imagined Alicia keys singing it. I then called on past experience to write the verses based on a relationship I had with an ex. It took me about 30 minutes to write the song. Recording the song was fairly easy I did it at a studio in Birmingham where I recorded the whole of my first project. It took me about an hour or less to record

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

I come up with the creative for my music videos, costumes, locations etc. Based on the fact the song was called dreaming I imagined I had blonde hair with white flowers in it, light eyes, white dress etc floaty, dreamy colours. My family happened to be going on holiday to Cornwall so I guess it was coincidental that happened to be where I used to frequent every year growing up with my ex. I had recently paid for my sister to do a videography course so I asked my sister to shoot the video. It was a long day I was up at 7am shooting with my sister from 9am-5.30pm in 4 different locations. I was standing amongst cliff tops at kynance cove in Cornwall beautiful scenery but it was so windy we couldn’t use the footage. We were walking for around 6 and half hours in total. Because we both had just began in videography we didn’t have all the necessary equipment (that we now have) so my poor sisters hands were shaking by the end of it as we didn’t have a stand or a stabilizer. There were several

Scenes were I forgot to take my walking boots off. The sea was freezing cold I had to wade in it like it was warm. Climb up rocks to sit on them cut myself a few times. At one point we came across wild horses my sister freaked out turns out she has a phobia about horses that I wasn’t aware of. When we were going on the natural trials it was hard to get scenes without other people in the back ground. We ended up walking to cadgwick cove a little fishing village at around 5.30pm and eating there as we had ran out of food supplies and water. That’s when we decided to call it a rap.

What role does Birmingham play in your music?

Birmingham doesn’t really play a role in my music unless it’s my songs In which I’m rapping and then the lingo will most likely be unique to Birmingham and the experiences I speak about would most likely of happened in Birmingham.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along? Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I will be releasing my first project / mixtape next year early summer. There are 13 tracks and it is called when life gives you lemons.

Any plans to hit the road?

I do plan on gigging either end of November or December before I travel to Thailand for Christmas.

What else is happening next in Lola Carmel’s world?

In my world I am planning to travel a lot over the next year places such as Australia & Las Vegas. I’m hoping to film a music video in Brazil in March with my sister. I’ve just recorded an acoustic version of Dreaming and XXXTentacion’s ‘Alone part 3’ it was filmed live lounge style. During the filming whilst waiting for the camera battery to be changed we began jamming and came with a funky soulful version of dreaming which we all agreed actually sounded better than the original. So I will look into maybe releasing that version too and potentially releasing six more singles over the next 10 months. I also plan to do more gigging and acoustic covers.

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