INTERVIEW: Dallas musician LO

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

Hi there. Thank you so much for having me. It’s been a weird season but I’m making it through. This time hasn’t been easy for anyone- especially the creative community. But, I’m so grateful to be able to continue doing what I love.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Lost In Translation”?

Lost in Translation is a celebration of lost love. I think there’s not enough appreciation for being able to have had an experience like being in love and the lessons that come from it.

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

I’ve had my heart broken a few times. When you initially get your heart broken, there’s the “what if” stage of grief where you just constantly dwell on what could’ve been and sort of romanticize this person or the relationship that you no longer have. I witnessed a friend going through that very thing and it brought me back to my own experiences of love lost. It inspired me to reach back and reflect on that experience. And in a sense, it brought another round closure.

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

To be honest, I had written an entire screenplay/video treatment for this track before the pandemic hit. It may still happen, just not in the initial way that I had planned it.

The single comes off your new album Holy Wars – what’s the story behind the title?

I’ve always struggled internally with my identity and the complexities of being a woman. Society deems that I need to be sexy but not too sexy, powerful but not too powerful and for a long time I adhered to this mentality. I gave up a lot of my power and made myself small in relationships or situations to appease. I suppressed experiences almost as a means of survival but it ended up manifesting in other ways.. Holy Wars is about that internal battle and gaining my power back.

How was the recording and writing process?

Lost in Translation has been in the works for almost a year. I produced and wrote it last November and then went into the studio to finalize it with my collaborators, on this project, Caleb Turman and Grant Thompson. We passed it off to our engineer, Austin Bello, and he and I went back and forth with mix revisions for weeks. I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist and compete with myself in a sense, so I just kept wrestling with versions of the song until it ultimately won. I didn’t listen to it for months and then finally revisited it. I tried to change things again, but nothing worked. I needed to put down my chisel before this sculpture was dust and let the world experience it.

What role does Dallas play in your music?

A HUGE role. My music wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for this community, literally. I’ve learned so much from other artists and producers here, been given opportunities as a nobody and met so many beautiful people as a result. I’m truly grateful for my city.

What else is happening next in LO’s world?

Next month, I’m releasing another single from the album called “Second Coming”, which is from side B of my upcoming album. This next track reveals my most confident self and I can’t wait to share it.

WATCH HERE

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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