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

Hey, thanks so much! Hope you are well. I’ve been good, just been keeping busy with music and taking things day by day.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Here and Gone”?

Of course! I’m super excited to be putting this tune out. I wrote it a couple months ago when I was having a bit of a rough go. Being stuck at home has had an impact on my mental health, and has forced me into my head a little bit more than I would like. I tend to always need change and excitement, so having no choice but to stay in one place has been an adjustment. That being said, “Here and Gone” starts out in a place of nostalgia, and talks about life before Miss Rona came to visit, but also acknowledges that life wasn’t perfect. I’ve had to take a step back and appreciate the world for what it is, despite struggling with the temporary loss of what life was. Instead of running away from my issues, I’ve been trying to learn to appreciate them for what they are.

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

Being back in Winnipeg prompted me to write this tune, and the process forced me to look back on the last couple of years. I needed to chill for a second after bopping between Australia, Calgary, England and Montreal for almost two years straight. I eventually had to come home last March when all the craziness started. When I was abroad, I was constantly surrounded by people, and I never had proper time to reflect on my experiences, so I decided to dig deep for this track and air out all my emotions/memories. 

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

I do actually have a video cooking up that I’m excited to be putting that out. It is a bit of a DIY type video, but I think it ended up coming together pretty well.  

How was the recording and writing process?

I actually came up with the chorus first, and recorded it over a totally different bassline. It initially sounded pretty jazzy, but I wanted to shift gears and make it heavier to fit the energy of the lyrics. One of the first things I created in the current Ableton project was the new bassline (my favourite part of the track.) After that, everything flowed together pretty quickly and sounded pretty close to the final version. However, I second guessed myself (like I always do) and made a totally different version of the track that I ended up scrapping. When I went back to the original I did bring in some elements from the new one like the auto tuned background vocals to lean into some hyper-pop elements that I thought fit the vibe. 

What role does Winnipeg play in your music?

I always find this an interesting question, because I don’t often acknowledge the role that Winnipeg has played in my music. Winnipeg sometimes gets a bit of hate, but I consider myself lucky to live here because it is a super vibrant place filled with tons of talented artists. Although I don’t see Winnipeg being my home forever, I do love it and consider myself lucky to call it home now.  

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

I actually have another single coming fairly soon. It’s in the same vein as “Here and Gone,” so it felt like a natural next release. I finished the song a year ago in Montreal, but left it for a bit because I didn’t feel ready to release it. I revisited it recently and decided that it was time to put it out. I am currently in the process of rerecording vocals and tweaking a couple things, but she’s almost there. 

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

No confirmed release date yet, but the track title in mind is “Be OK”

What else is happening next in Lhasa Petik’s world?

I am super excited for the next couple of months. I have a couple collabs on the horizon, and tons of solo material as well. I’ve also been developing some concepts for my live set, so that I am ready to go when we can safely resume travelling and touring!

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