Hi Lisey, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thank you so much for having me. I’m doing well, trying my best to stay positive in this mad world. Last year definitely kicked my ass but I am hopeful and excited for 2021.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Crime Scene”?
This is a ground-breaking release for me. Many things have finally come together in a way that they haven’t before. I’ve gotten so much support and have been able to work with people that I have admired for a long time.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I wrote it during the aftermath of an abrupt break-up. It was one of those situations where things ended without much clarity, and I was just left wondering like, “what happened’? I am a naturally inquisitive person, the phrase “ignorance is bliss’ just does not resonate with me all. So, I started going over all the events in my mind, to figure out what happened. Kind of like trying to solve a crime. It did drive me a bit insane at one point, though. I realized perhaps it wasn’t the healthiest approach. Writing this song helped me get out of that toxic spiral, because I could accept that even though I didn’t understand exactly what happened, I still wrote a great song out of it.
The truth always comes out in the end, though. I found out it was because he had another girlfriend. Douche.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Yes! There is a music video coming of the 5th of February. The making of this video was absolutely magical. I received so much support from the creatives I worked with, who helped me achieve quite an ambitious vision within an independent artist budget. I was worried about the Covid situation affecting the shoot, but in ways it played to our advantage. We even got to shoot at the Ministry of Sound since there were no other events going on.
How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote the song a year ago in my DIY home studio. I usually record a pre-production demo at home and prepare as much as possible before going to the studio so I can make the most of my time there. I then recorded the track in two days with Brett Shaw at 123 Studios. I tend to mess around with synth sounds and filters to create interesting rhythms. Then Brett will play around with different drum sounds and patterns. We sometimes use a combination of electronic and acoustic drums, to achieve a sort of retro-modern production.
What role does London play in your music?
There is so much diversity in this city, and it is so multi-faceted. It encapsulates many of the things that inspire me as an artist. It can be glamorous and flamboyant, or dark and gritty and it does not attempt to hide any of it. It is a city that shines and inspires, whether through its angels or its demons. It motivates me to do the same with mine.
How does your Latin roots influence your writing?
Dance is a huge part of Latin culture. Being Colombian, we’re taught to dance since we are very young. We are taught to feel the groove in the music, or the ‘flavour’, as they say in Colombia. To me it’s important to incorporate that kind of groove that inherently makes you want to dance. Not always in exactly the same way or using the same types of rhythms or patterns in Latin music, but I just always want to make something that feels, in another Colombia term, ‘tasty’.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes! After ‘Crime Scene’ I will be releasing the final song from the Crime Scene EP, which is actually my favourite one. It’s called ‘Criminal Mind’.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
The release date hasn’t been set yet, but it won’t be very long!
What else is happening next in Lisey Tigra’s world?
Right now, I am just open to any opportunity that comes my way. I am writing and preparing myself for future releases, developing my sound and my image, engaging with my fans. As an independent artist, it is very hard to navigate your way through this industry, so I am trying to do what feels right in the moment, work my ass off and focus on what’s important: the music and the fans.