INTERVIEW: Zoey Lily

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

Hi there, thanks for having me! I’ve been really good, thank you!

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

Yes, sure. ‘The End’ is a song about the destruction of the planet at the hands of humanity. It’s a reminder of our responsibility for the wellbeing of our fellow humans, the environment and the animals we share the planet with.

I wrote this song in my bedroom during lockdown when I was feeling very self-reflective and self-critical. it makes me sad to see that humankind has come so far in the sciences and technology but, at the same time, we still have not learnt to treat each other respectfully and equally and to take care of the environment.

I asked myself what I can contribute as a creative to make this world a better place, so I wanted to write about all the things that had been on my mind for a while.

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

I wouldn’t say any specific event but during lockdown I had more time to think about myself and my role in making this world a better place. With Corona virus, the BLM movement, the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and just generally all the bad news all over the world it sometimes really felt like the world was going to end. I didn’t want the song to be about one specific event because I’m hoping everyone can relate to it in their own way and find their own truth in the song.

Prior to team up with UNICEF, was the song meant to deal with a particular cause or it rather evolve into it as you joined with the organization?

I knew I wanted to bring awareness with the song, but I also wanted to contribute to make the change happen, so I decided to donate 100% of my proceeds from streaming and downloads for the first two months of the release. The idea behind the campaign is #streamtodonate which gives people an opportunity to help, even if they don’t have the means to donate traditionally. I looked at many different organisations in support of the environment, animals and people in need. The main reason I decided for Unicef was because they do a lot of work for children and people in Yemen which I think is one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world that needs attention and support. But I am also donating equally to WWF and Color of Change in support of the environment and the fight against racism and inequality.  

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Yes, I have released a music video already which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6REPuXUhYFQ

I filmed and edited the video at home during lockdown. I researched important events from the past and present and cut them together to a video. The music video stands for much more than just a song or video, I wanted to bring more awareness to support the message of the song in the hope it would be a conversation starter rather than to put myself into the centre.

How was the recording and writing process?

It came together very quickly and intuitively without overthinking. I think I wrote most of the melody and lyrics within one day. There were all these things that I had been thinking about for weeks and I could finally put them all into a song, it was quite an emotional process because everything the song talks about is so present and current.

What role does London play in your music?

Living in London is very inspiring and at the same time challenging when it comes to music. I love that London is full of art and creatives and has such a huge music scene. Even though I listen to a lot of UK artists – specifically UK rap – I wouldn’t say it influences me much in the way I write my music. I like to think I’d make the same music if I lived somewhere else but living in London definitely shaped me as a person. I feel London has the reputation of this super advanced city with no limits and especially in the music industry really lives up to that reputation but when it comes to actually living here you get to see both sides and a lot of it just seems like a façade that doesn’t look that bright when you dig deeper. When it comes to live performances, events and networking London is definitely the right place to be.

How does your multicultural upbringing influence your writing?

I spent my early childhood in a remote, tiny village in South France with no TV and barely any internet nor phone connection. I guess it influenced me in the way that I grew up living in my own little bubble not really aware of music being an entertainment industry and unaware of all the media and pop stars. As a child I never dreamt of being one. As I was so shielded off from the world, I’d say I had a very innocent and pure approach to music which is something that might still reflect in my music nowadays.

In the future I’d like to bring in the French language more into my writing which is something I haven’t experimented with yet.

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

Yes, I got a line up of three more singles leading up to an EP in Spring 2021. All the songs for the EP are ready and I’m now already writing songs for after the EP. What I love about the upcoming EP is that I think it’s more diverse than my previous releases, the tracks go from electronic alt-pop to UK garage to slow ballads and songs with hip-hop beats and rap influences.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Yes, my next single ‘Pick a number’ will be out mid September and we’ll be releasing a single every 6-7 weeks leading up to the EP in Spring 2021.

Any plans to hit the road?

Unfortunately, because of Corona virus I haven’t made any plans yet, but I can’t wait to perform again as soon as possible.

What else is happening next in Zoey Lily’s world?

I’m currently working on the treatment for my next music video for ‘Pick a number’ which I’m super excited for. This will be my first proper music video since all the previous music videos were all self-made. Next steps will be to release all the music I’ve made.

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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