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INTERVIEW: Lilac Jun

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

Thanks for having me!  I’m exhausted and so excited… I’ve been working on new music for what feels like a million years and it feels so good to finally have something finished…like I genuinely feel relieved haha.

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

Started it with my friend Thomas Doeve one night I think back in February or something??  I had been playing with my friends acoustic in the living room the night before, which i never really do any more, but i was like … trying to see if I could find something I liked on it and I found a chord progression I liked…. and then thomas came over the next night and I think we put the voice memo in protools of the guitar and fucked it up and put a beat over it.  I remember the next day we were so hyped on it still and showed the beat around to a bunch of other friends that I’ve been collaborating with and everyone was excited about it.

Wrote the lyrics over the next few months.   I just try to tell stories that capture things I’ve seen other people go through and things i’ve experienced… This song is about celebrating a relationship that brought so much good and beauty  in to your life but ultimately was fucking dysfunctional and learning to make peace and let go.

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

I think I wrote pieces of different relationships I’ve had into this song… but also a lot of lyrics were just inspired by conversations in the room with the engineer or other writers…we just feed off each other and try to talk and write about real shit of whatever were feeling or going through.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes 🙂

How was the recording and writing process?

This one was maybe the most fun I’ve had making a song.  There was so much energy when we started it and were finding the melodies for it… it definitley makes me excited to keep starting new stuff because I feel like we’re getting better at capturing the energy were searching for and getting to the good shit faster.

With the great reception from your previous work – were you feeling any pressure when putting this song together?

Even though I’ve released music under Aaron Krause in the past, this is such a new time in my life…I honestly feel like a different person in a lot of ways, my goals are different…so I guess the only pressure I felt was just trying to make this new music like… live up to that??? I want to just make better shit than I was making and make the best music I can.

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

I’ve been working on an album for a few years… At one point I thought I was gonna be releasing like 30+ songs together somehow… but then we ended up really being selective and just choosing  8 or 9 to really focus on….   but were gonna keep writing and starting new stuff… I plan to keep dropping stuff through the year

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

:-#

Any plans to hit the road?

I honestly can’t wait to but I’m just trying to focus on the album right now and getting the songs out.  I can’t wait though.  I’ll probably  play in Nashville soon…dont make me think about that right now!

What else is happening next in Lilac Jun’s world?

I’m finishing up a couple other artists’ projects that I’m helping produce..  planning on spending a lot more time in LA writing… i literally have dreams about living there like every night..

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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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