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INTERVIEW: Lontalius

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

Hello! I’ve been good. I’m just happy to be releasing music. Making music and sitting on it had made me a little stir crazy.

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

It’s a song that I’d been trying to get to for a while. I’d tried out the lyrics over other songs but I never found the perfect home for them until I did this.

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

It was inspired by a few things – mostly the feeling of my time in LA, and a relationship nearing their end. The song is a bit of self reflection, realising that even when everything seems like it could be great, t’s not always the right time in your life for it.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The idea came pretty last minute, we had been thinking of what to do with Swim for a while. I ended up just following a mirror around for a weekend with a camera strapped to my chest. I’m an introverted person so singing into a mirror in public places did terrify me sometimes. I think I did alright tho.

The single comes off your new album All I Have – what’s the story behind the title?

The title came up in a line from another song that didn’t quite make it. It came from a low place, maybe my lowest of the last few years where it felt like love was all I had. Then even later on it started to mean music was all I had, too. I really like it as a title. It might mean something completely different to me in 5 years.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was an interesting process, very different from my last album. It started as a collaborative process, recording with Om’Mas Keith in LA, and ended being finished on my own in my bedroom. Just like the old days. It took me a long time to find out what this project really was. I was finding my sound and trying to make sense of it.

What role does New Zealand play in your music?

This album was started and worked on mostly in LA, but it wasn’t until I came home that it started to really come together. I felt like I needed to be in New Zealand to truly understand it, like really stepping back to look at yourself. New Zealand music was such a big part of my youth, I think it will always be a big part of my music.

How has The 1975 and Troye Silvan influenced your writing?

I love The 1975. They keep pushing the boundaries. Troye Sivan has made a huge impact, I think. Just through singing so openly about his sexuality and his experiences. It’s very inspiring. I did a remix of his song ‘Ease’ a few years ago and I still get messages about it. His fans are so lovely and sweet.

What aspect of love and anxiety did you get to explore on this record?

In a sense, the record is just excerpts of my journal aged 18-21. Love is there as an amazing feeling, a scary feeling, something I wanted to run away from. Anxiety is there encompassing it all, I was anxious about being in a different country, pursuing a career, being away from home, dealing with relationships…

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Being in America was very inspiring, people are so ambitious. My ideas of what I could do expanded a thousand times. Songs like ‘Make My Dreams Come True’, I’m not sure I could have written that before I’d spent time over there.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m touring Australia this year with Japanese Wallpaper, and a few dates in NZ with Thomston. I want to tour as much as I physically can next year. Playing live is so rewarding to me.

What else is happening next in Lontalius’ world?

I have some other music that I’ve been working on, stuff that didn’t fit on the album, and some different collaborations. I just want to keep it all moving.

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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