INTERVIEW: Lainey Dionne

Tell us about yourself

Hi, my name is Lainey Dionne and I’m a Rhode Island-bred millennial singer-songwriter. I hate ice-breaking introduction activities because I get “stage fright” but I can sing in front of a thousand people and not skip a beat. I eat, sleep, and breathe music – it’s all I do. I like to think of myself as relatable but in a quirky way, and I think my music reflects that. I started picking up every instrument that peaked my interest at a young age and then started writing cheesy awkward love songs at age 12. I chose to continue music throughout my childhood into my teenage years along with a million other sports and hobbies but in the end music chose me. I know, cheesy right? Well, I say that because all of the dance recitals and sports games came to a hard stop because I broke my hip being a reckless teen and was left with only pursing music as my creative outlet. As an adult I decided to make a career in music and attended Berklee College of Music. After I graduated, I released a folk-pop record, completed a New England tour with my band, traveled to France for an exclusive songwriting retreat, lived in the UK for a month and did a show, came back to the states and opened for some amazing acts such as The Head and The Heart, Chase Rice, Ronny Cox, and my Nickelodeon childhood crush, Drake Bell. It felt good, “living the dream”, but I had no idea of what I was capable of dreaming; which brings me to Nashville. I flew back and forth to Nashville to co-write these electric songs with a brand new direction, a brand new brand. I started listening to some amazing alt pop and indie pop artists and said “That’s it. I want that”. That’s when my new single Hey London was born along with a few others that will be released in the future. My friends say that these new songs are “like my favorites, Billie Eilish, Halsey, k.flay, and Lorde, had an orgy lovechild”, and I vibe with that.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hey London”

So I was just writing down combinations of words that didn’t go together or that you wouldn’t normally hear together. For some reason Hey London really stuck out to me; maybe because I lived in England for a month, but it just seemed cool in a punk way. I wanted it to have a Boom Clap-Charlie XCX, in-your-face vibe. I sat down with superhuman producer, Nick Schwarz and luminary writer Gabe Simon and we just started jamming. I visited London many times and so had Gabe so we just started setting the scene with tourist attractions as the foundation. In the song “London” is personified- meaning you can listen to the song and hear “Hey London, I’m over it”, “it” being the city, but what I’m really saying is “hey you, this relationship is overrated, I’m over it”. The lyrics lay out how sometimes we struggle with pursuing someone that we constantly have to chase, and we’re kind of over having to chase them all the time, but at the same time you don’t want to be alone, so chasing is all you can do in that moment to avoid being alone. The thought of having to constantly chase someone who isn’t showing you the same commitment instead of just being alone is dumb, which we realize by the end of the song because we’re moving on, we deserve better, and we’re over it!

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song

I should keep my lips sealed on this one but of course it’s about a guy; maybe a combination of a couple of different guys actually. I have to make sure my exes don’t get too much of an ego from thinking this song was about them specifically, right? So we’ll say it’s a combination of relationships. When you want a commitment and the other person doesn’t, it’s sometimes tough to let go of the fling because you’re hoping it will turn into something real; you’re hanging onto that one thing that they said or did and the little voice in the back of your head is saying “but they did this so that means they want to be together”. There comes a point where you have to say “this isn’t for me anymore, I deserve someone that will choose me” and you’re done hanging around and chasing them. When you put your foot down and come to that point it is liberating and it opens your world and heart to such a better and healthier environment. I would also say this song shows my adventurous side because, well, I’m a crazy person. Have you ever seen that show 90 Day Fiancé where Americans travel to foreign countries to find love and then have 90 days to get married? Well that was me, with multiple relationships, minus the marriage part. I would meet Europeans online, catch feelings, fly over there, and hope they wouldn’t kill me (haha). A lot of the places I’ve been to in this song have to do with a lot of the tourist attractions I saw over there in my relationships. So the line saying “I don’t care if it’s a foreign fling, no I don’t want to be alone” is real. I had multiple foreign flings. So you can catch a little of my crazy adventurous side in “Hey London” but I’d say the definite inspiration for this song was finding out what my boundaries are and discovering my self-worth.

What’s your favorite part about the writing and recording process

Probably letting go. The best part about writing a song is you put it all out there, happy stuff or sad stuff, and then it’s out of you. The good part about your sad feelings living outside of you in a song is that you can look at those feelings or that situation from a third person point of view and can evaluate your emotions from that perspective. You cry, you write about it, you let it out and finish the song and somehow you somewhat finish the emotion you’re feeling as well. The good part about writing a happy song is you can always listen back to it and relive those good memories. Songs are like photographs with feelings. They paint a picture of what is happening in your life at that very moment and literally tell you everything about it. They say ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ and a song is a whole bunch of words that shows us a fragment of time. Maybe I’m weird but I see memories like little music videos when I listen to songs. The recording process enhances the feelings of that fragment in time. You can write a happy song but have a super sad track behind it and not even notice that what the artist is saying is happy stuff because of the mood of the production. The recording process is everything; the recording process is mood and that’s why I love to dive into it.

What else can we expect from you this year

Hopefully a ton more shows with maybe a tour or two. You can definitely expect to hear the rest of my “Billie Eilish, Halsey, k.flay, and Lorde.. orgy lovechild” music! I’m super excited for you to peer into my heart & mind, and see the world through my eyes with these next couple of singles.
Where can we follow you and listen to “Hey London.”

Anywhere and everywhere. I am all over the place- Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, Soundcloud, YouTube, Instagram, Google Play, Amazon… the list goes on. You can find all of the social media and music links on my website I would absolutely love it if you checked out my music out and subscribe to my mailing list to say hi and let me know what you think!

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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