INTERVIEW: LILLEN

Pic by Hilde Brevig

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

– Thank you, just amazing! Winter is finally over and the snow is gone. And Ive just released music and that feels fantastic!

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

– “Fire” came like a little shock for my listeners actually. Ive been singing since I was 9 years old, but it has always been in the land of soft pop and ballades. And its safe to say that “fire” is anything but that.

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

– In the end of 2016 I was going through a pretty rough breakup and I had more down days than up. Yet, with the urge to make music I came in contact with a musician who became a very close friend. He tried to help me, but I wasn’t ready to receive it. Once I got better I looked back on the situation, and that moment I pushed him away, then realised I do need help was the inspiration for “Fire”.  Along with the concept “when you point out, three fingres point toward yourself”.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

– My main focus now is to release more music, but Im definitely not closing the door on the possibility that there will be released a music video for “Fire” in the future.

How was the recording and writing process?

– I write all my lyrics on my own, I never plan to write, it just happens. It gets triggered by a thought, an emotion or a situation, and it`s very important that when it happens I do take the time to write it all down immediately. From experience those lyrics that just happens in a moment seems to be my best ones. I always have an idea of how I want it to sound, and when I get to the studio I try my best to explain. Then on day one we make a first draft of the build up of the song, once that’s done I take it home. Then I create the topline in my own space. Then on day 2 we record the vocals then continue to build and create the production around the vocals. Obviously you don’t always have the luxury to do it this way, and that’s ok too, but for my own music this is how I prefer to work.

What was it like to work with Simen Handeland and how did that relationship develop?

I met Simen last summer through a mutual friend who owned the studio where I recored “Fire”. Simen ended up producing all of Fire, and seeing how well we worked together and how amazing the result became I knew that if he had the time then I would love to have him produce my next songs as well. He now has his own studio Source Tone Studios and this is where I’m record my new music. Im very fortunate that someone as talented as Simen believes in my music and helps me create just that, my music.

How much did he get to influence the song?

A lot I guess, cus my lyrics and idea of the sound inspired him to create a draft, then his interpretation of my idea inspired me to make the melody for the vocal. And once the vocals were set it inspired us both create the raw and rough sound that Fire became.

What role does Norway play in your music?

– Obviously I have a lot of amazing artists to look up to, but as for my music I don’t think its limited by country borders, at least I hope its not. Norway is an amazing country and very supportive of new artists. But I do think that wherever you are, as long as you believe in your music and work hard. Then, eventually that will pay off the way you wish wether its for fame or money or as it is for me; to get my music out there and hopefully make someone feel something whilst listening to my music.

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

– It all depends on the person, and the chemistry in the room. With some people you just click and with others it takes a bit more work, but Im definitely not know for giving up.  I do prefer to write my own lyrics, but if the session is for someone else or its a “featured” session I do find it very inspirational and educational to work with other people and see how their process is like. But as a main rule, I keep my mind open and welcome new challenges with open arms.

As your music keeps gaining more and more momentum – does that put any pressure on you or rather the opposite?

When “Fire” was finished its was everything I wanted and more.  I knew it was a great song but I didn’t dare to hope for the respons that it has received so far! I do think it helps to be happy and proud of the song itself, that way no matter good or bad it doesn’t change my feelings for the song. But it do really warm my heart that people like it and share it with their friends. Now “Fire” isn’t just mine anymore, it has its own life and that feels amazing. But Im no superwoman and all the good comments and attention Fire is getting do affect me and it is very motivating to continue making music and sharing it with the world.

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

I am working in the studio as we speak. I have so many songs in my head and it`s time to share it, finally. Ive spent so long developing my writing and finding my sound and to finally be at that point where I can share it with everyone makes me so happy! Im ready, my music is ready, so stay tuned, this isn’t the last you’ve heard of me.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

There is more music to come, and I will share that as soon as I can. But for now I want “fire” to shine and get all the attention it deserves. Follow me on facebook and instagram and you’ll stay tuned for any updates to come! (both @Lillenofficial) But what I can say is that theres still a bit fire left in me, and I am so excited for the next release!

Any plans to hit the road?

For now I do have a few dates set here in Norway, but my main focus now is to work in the studio  and release music as a first step. But after that I would absolutely love to hit the road outside of Norway as well!

What else is happening next in LILLEN’s world?

Music, music and more music! The music festival season is right around the corner. I got gigs coming up, writing sessions, and concerts I wanna go to, but apart from that I do have an amazing family, and I wanna spend as much time as I can with them.

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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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