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Hi Lui, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hello VENTS! I’ve been great thanks! 🙂
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Just A Phone Call Away”?
So the song came about pretty unexpectedly. I’m pretty sure it was a late Sunday afternoon, maybe early evening and I was just noodling playing around with using Autotune on my voice and recording little melodies. Somehow the words just came really naturally.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Not really, I think I was actually inspired by some black mirror episodes which very much has phones at the focal point. The song is ultimately about getting over someone but still having a soft spot for them. Therefore, no matter how far you are in distance, they are only just a phone call away
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Well at time of writing this, the video has not actually been filmed. but im pleased to say that it has all been planned and will be taking place next week!
The single comes off your new EP Unavailable – what’s the story behind the title?
Well most of the songs on the EP references either messages or phones at one point or another and non of the songs are about a particularly happy relationship that has worked out. I think unavailable was a good midway point that not only referenced digital connection but at the same time the emotional disconnect.
How was the recording and writing process?
Well I don’t think any of the original songs that I intended for this body of work actually made the shortlist. But for the songs that did end up in the project, they were all happy coincidences that came from me sitting in my studio on weekdays and weekends when my friends were out drinking and having fun. Some of the songs came easier than others. One in particular that stood out to me was casual lover as I felt like it was very important to get the meaning and message across just right in the production and lyrics so I was being a perfectionist with everything. In the end I decided to produce it myself as I thought this was the best way for me to get my intention down the way I mean it.
How do you go on blending and balancing your Chinese and British roots into your music?
Well up until last year, I hadn’t really thought about it until I decided to do a live version of little love which had mandarin in the chorus. Little did I know, it fit really well and people actually really liked it. So until this day, Little love is the only bit of music I have which has Chinese in. However I am very looking forward to working with other Asian artists in the future to create more music that reach out to my Chinese roots or just Asian music in general.
What aspect of love did you get to explore on this record?
Hmm I would say the aspect of wanting closure from someone like an ex or something way after the relationship has ended but the love hasn’t.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I was very inspired by Plaza. He has a song called personal which I kinda used as a reference for sometime when I was trying to write new music, dope song btw!! I was definitely also influenced by the way he processed his vocals on that track. Very telephoney hehe
Any plans to hit the road?
None what so ever!
What else is happening next in Lui Peng’s world?
Well, having just moved to Brighton couple of months ago, I’m really looking forward to living here in the summer, meeting lots of new people and writing with cool artists. Got another single to release before the EP drops so I guess I got that to look forward to. Aside from that, pretty free and down to do whatever so hit me up if anyone’s in Brighton and reading this 🙂
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