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INTERVIEW: Lumane

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

Hi, thanks for having me! I’ve been doing really good thanks to the great response to the release of “Taboo”.

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

“Taboo” is not only my latest single but also my first. I wanted to start my career out on the right foot which is why I worked on it for a long time and waited so long to release it. I’m so happy with how “Taboo” turned out. It’s a catchy up tempo pop song with lyrics straight out of my personal history. The post bridge must be my favorite part about the song. I came up with it as we were recording the final vocals.

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

Yes! It’s a funny story actually… I lived in Boston, MA at the time and was about to move to Nashville, TN and my dad flew all the way over from Switzerland to help me find an apartment. He told me that there was a small company in Indianapolis, IN that wanted to meet with him so I suggested to rent a car in Nashville and drive up to Indy for that meeting and then fly back to Switzerland from there. So we found an apartment in Nashville and drove up to Indy for that meeting the next morning. I went to the meeting with my dad and met the 4 guys that wanted to meet with my dad. We all went out to dinner that night and I sat next to one of the 4 guys. We ended up talking all night and he decided to join us for the GP race on the race track the following day. There we bonded even more. He asked me for my phone number before my dad and I left for the airport to go back to Switzerland for 6 weeks. Every day we texted and talked on the phone for hours. He told me that they looked me up on the internet before the meeting. His business partners told him that he was not allowed to talk to me (he was the only single one) so he wouldn’t mess up the deal they had with my dad. This relationship started through a business deal which is a “Taboo” here in the US. 30,000 texts, over 100 hours on the phone and 6 weeks later I left Switzerland to go back to Indy to meet with him again and I never left. After never being in my apartment in Nashville – only for work – I finally decided to cancel my lease after 4 months – haha!

Any plans to release a video for the single?

There’s currently a lyric video out on YouTube. So far, there are no plans to record a music video for this song, but that doesn’t mean it won’t ever happen.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was actually very quick. I came in with the song title and the story I wanted to tell and I just started writing it with my co-writers. I immediately loved this song and knew it was going to be one of my favorites. Within only 5 hours we had a demo recorded! We didn’t record the final vocals for almost a year though. I really wanted to work on developing my own sound and work on the unique parts of my voice and strengthen those before recording the final version. I also worked on some background vocals and add lips at home so I knew exactly what to sing in the studio. But while recording inspiration struck and the post bridge was added basically last minute. When I got the final version of the song back “Taboo” wasn’t only one of my favorite songs, but the favorite song! 

How did your studies over in Berklee get to influence and help you with your music?

Berklee is a place full of insanely talented people. It can be very intimidating being surrounded by so much talent ever day. I tried to make the most out of it and – outside of class – write and play with as many people as possible and try to be involved in as many projects as I could. Even though I had to do a lot of things that I didn’t really want to do – like learning Jazz theory – it helped me become a more rounded musician. 

What role does Switzerland play in your music?

Musically you can’t really hear Switzerland in my music – there’s no yodelling or accordions. But lyrically it shaped my songs a lot. Living in the US as a non American citizen has its challenges. I’ve had quite some scares where I wasn’t sure when I will be able to return to the US again because of my visa status and of course I had to write songs about that. I actually wrote a song that has the distance between Switzerland and the US as its title!

How did you moving into the US change your perception and musical perspective as a whole?

The music industry in Switzerland is much smaller than here in the US – makes sense since Switzerland is 240 times smaller than the US. I grew up listening to mostly American pop music and was always drawn to the US. The purpose of moving to the US was to pursue a career in music. I didn’t have a plan of how I was going to do that but I always knew that that’s what I wanted to do. I went to a musical theatre school in New York City right after High School and realized that musical theatre was not where my passion lied. I knew that pop is what I wanted to do and somehow had to figure out how to pursue a pop career and how to stay in the US. Finishing school meant my US visa expired so I decided to apply to Berklee. There I learned a lot about the music industry and after a year in Boston I decided to move to Nashville and actually act on my dream, not just study how to get there. I soon realized that what I leaned in school was not always how it actually is in the real world. I can’t really say that my perspective changed only because I moved to the US. My perspective changed because I grew as a person and learned about the music industry and moving here was definitely a big part of growing up.

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

You better get ready because there is more fire coming your way! I have at least two more singles planned and ready and the album is already done as well. 

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

My second single is just around the corner – you can expect it in the next few months. As far as the album title goes I can only say that “Taboo” dropped a lot of hints on what it could be (and no, it’s not “Taboo” ;-)).

Any plans to hit the road?

I am playing a lot of shows and touring regionally. It is definitely the goal to get out and play for you guys everywhere once the full album is out. 

What else is happening next in Lumane’s world?

Before the end of the year I will release the singles and the whole album, which will keep me busy till then. All songs are already written, recorded and ready to go! I’m also working on some hand made sliver jewellery which will be available as merch soon. The whole process of how the jewellery is made will be documented so you will get a little behind the scenes video of that process. But for now it’s all about getting my music out there and having as many people listen to it as possible so I can go on tour next year and play my songs live for you guys! 

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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