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INTERVIEW: LUCKY!

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

Ayyyyy, I’m great! Thanks for your time, this is pretty awesome.

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

Absolutely, it’s been insane!  The feedback on the song has been so positive. I think a lot of people relate to a love story & fall in love with the chorus. The song got me some new fans from different countries, put on a couple playlists & a show at Pianos. I’d say it’s been a successful release so far.

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

Ooooo yeah, I had just gotten out of a relationship but was not 100% confident in my decision once I realized what I did. At the same time I let someone from my past back into my life and it was wayyyy too soon. It was a messy situation I put myself in, all my emotions got tangled up.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! Getting the final cut this week, I can’t wait to show ya’ll.

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote part of the song on the train, first half the hook then half of the first verse (in that order). Then I got stuck.

I finished the song after a night out, I was pretty drunk and walking to the train, the lyrics spilled out and all the dots got connected.

Recording “Shaquira” was pretty crazy, Mike Snell did the mixing and mastering, my friend Jake was in the studio with me. Since I create and hangout with them the music comes from a genuine place. Recording this song took forever though, Mike and Jake had so many ideas for harmonies and stacks for the hook that when we played it back (acapella) it sounded like a church-choir full of LUCKY!’s singing at you, that sounds funny but it gave me goosebumps.

What was it like to work with Clipsmoke and how much did he get to influence the song?

Clip is the man! We’ve met in person only a handful of times, but we text and email a lot. He saw me freestyle at one of his UPC (Underground Producer Conference) events and liked what I did. Since then he’s sent me multiple beats. I’d say I have 4-6 songs done over his production? The beat for “Shquira” was actually titled “Shaquira” so I knew it was going to a song about a girl(s).

What role does NYC play in your music?

NYC INSPIRES ALMOST EVERYTHING! Hahaha

I’m so serious though, I’m a New Yorker born/raised. Every video/photoshoot/recording session has gone down here and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than on your own?

Even though I don’t have many features on my songs I collab with a small group of friends. I like to work with the same producers, engineers ‘cus they get the sound. But almost every song has a different process. I’d say more but then this interview would turn into a book lol.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Oooo yeah! I have so much music recorded. No matter how successful, unsuccessful, or busy I’ve been, I’ve NEVER stopped recording, writing, or creating. Even when people have told me to! I’ve been on this “love break lucky/romantic rap” wave for a good while so I’ll be dropping a song called “Zeus” produced by Z-Tunez on my birthday 5/15! We can turn up to that, then fall in love after.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

“Shaquira” video will drop in a couple of weeks.

“Zeus” 5/15.

Any plans to hit the road?

Working with my friends at The Homies Party to do some local shows, gotta build that fanbase before I can tour, but touring has been my dream (more than anything, I’ve love rapping for people ever since I started freestyling at parties), the more we work the closer we get to it.

But wherever I go ya’ll invited for sure!

What is happening next in LUCKY!’s world?

Music! All my friends are doing crazy shit! I really want to release an EP by the fall, I have two more singles lined up including Zeus. My boy Jake Vicious got music on the way and he produces like 75% of my music, so I’m super excited about that and his growth as an artist. My homegirl Diana Bidea got music on the way and her voice is out of this world.

When I’m not in the studio (and it’s nice out) you can catch me playing basketball, taking a Rumble class, walking around Soho, and hitting thrift shop for some gear.

Listen to “Shaquira” here: https://open.spotify.com/track/21iTAjucGORSSW3V12MhoK?si=IL2aGg09QAG69jW31MSU5A

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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