Hi Lily, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’m good thank you for asking!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Karma”?
Karma is my latest single, it’s a mixture of UK dance mixed with RnB. It’s emotional lyrically but also quite positive – the overall message is about strength and letting go – allowing Karma to run its course.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I wrote Karma a couple of years ago about a situation I was in at the time. I was upset and the best way I know to express that is through music. It can be quite strange sharing my feelings with an audience but also quite therapeutic getting it out.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
It’s been a little hard to get a video shot during lockdown, but there is an animation video which I love. I can’t wait until lockdown restrictions are loosened, there will definitely be some visuals coming soon so watch this space!
How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote the song with a producer from the UK called Steve Manovski. We wrote Karma the first time we were in a studio session together. When working with someone new it can go either way but we immediately clicked. I told Steve about all of my influences and he was really open to mixing different styles together to create a hybrid of sounds – I then wrote the melodies and lyrics to his production and we finished it in that first day.
What role does the UK play in your music?
It plays a massive role. Growing up I was into UK Garage and Grime, moving into UK Funky – all of which have definitely influenced my sound.
Does the success from your previous work put any pressure on you as you were putting this new material together?
It’s always a bit nerve wracking putting music out and wondering how it’s going to be perceived – but I try to not think about that when creating – to just do what feels right for me as that’s all I can do. If you’re authentic with what you’re creating I think that always comes across.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
Definitely. When you’re in the studio with someone else I think it’s important to read the energy of the room – to step in when feels right to get your ideas across but also to give the other person space. For me, that’s how you get the best out of a collaboration – it’s how you learn too.
Does the new single mean we can expect more new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes! I’ve been working on lots of new music which I can’t wait to share. I have more singles coming out as well as an EP.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, as soon as lockdown restrictions allow us back in to venues I’ll be hitting the road. I love to perform and I can’t wait to be back out there feeling the energy from people listening and partying to my music.
What else is happening next in Lily McKenzie’s world?
I’ve been adjusting to lockdown life, writing lots of music, producing, practicing yoga and meditation, watching lots of Disney films! Ha! And planning for upcoming releases.
Lily McKenzie ‘Karma’ is out now on Ultra Music. Download / stream here: https://ffm.to/karmaa