THINGS change gear as I speak with LENN…
about her awesome new single, Cheap Talk. She explains its derivation and why we can all relate to its messages. I ask her what it was like collaborating with Lex; how her latest single differs from her debut cut, I Know How – she offers up some new artists we need to get our ears around.
LENN explains what she does away from recording/gigging and albums that mean a lot to her; what sort of music she grew up around; how it feels knowing her music connects with people – the songwriter reveals her plans for touring.
Hi, LENN. How are you? How has your week been?
Hi, Sam. This week has been a bit hectic, so I’m tired. However, I did just wake up from a nice long nap, which was lovely.
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourself, please?
I’m LENN. I’m twenty-two and I’m living in Bristol. I like singing, eating and sleeping. I’ve only recently started releasing music, so I’m pretty new to it all, but it’s fun.
Cheap Talk is your new single. What is the story behind the song?
It’s about this guy I was seeing a while ago and the way it ended between us. I didn’t feel, at the time, that I got treated the way I deserved. It’s all good, though, because I got a great song out of it.
You collaborated with Lex. Is it a natural partnership that you feel will lead to more work?
I love getting in the studio with Lex and we’ll definitely continue working together. We have a strong friendship aside from music and that level of trust means we’re able to filter and encourage ideas without being afraid of offending one another.
How do you think Cheap Talk differs from I Know How (your debut single)? Do you find yourself growing more confident with each release?
Cheap Talk is really fun and much more of a Pop anthem than I.K.H. and, yes, I do! I’m so excited for what’s to come as well because the next single I’ll be releasing is probably my favourite song that I’ve written to date…
Which artists and albums were important when you were growing up? What attracted you to music?
I used to listen to S Club 7, Busted; JoJo and Leona Lewis. Classic. I just really enjoyed singing along. That’s really where it started for me: I enjoyed singing before I was any good at it. It was only when I hit the age of thirteen that I developed the ability to hold a tune!
Your music is resonating in hearts and connecting with fans and critics alike. Is it pleasing knowing others are getting so much pleasure from your music?
Of course. That’s really a key motivation for doing it. It’s satisfying as well when I’ve read blog posts that talk about parts of the songs that struck them - and it’s a great feeling to know that other people can identify with some of the things I’ve been through. For example, I think most of us have been through situations where we haven’t been treated too well. Writing Cheap Talk really helped me to process those feelings and being able to offer that up to other people is cool.
Can we see you tour this year? What gigs do you have coming along?
No tour planned just yet, but we’ll start gigging A.S.A.P. - I’m just focused on getting enough material together first. I’m spending as much time as I can get in the studio but, sadly, normal life goes on so I still have to work and that slows the process. We’ll get there, though!
Summer is here (sort of!). Do you find yourself racing with ideas and determined to get out there and thrill the crowds? What is it like bringing your music to the people?
Yeah. We’re writing something new at the mo, which I’m really excited about. The next single is proper summer vibes - aiming to release that in the next couple of months.
Do you have any ambitions to fulfil before the end of the year?
Definitely, to start gigging. I love being in the studio making music, but performing is the dream.
Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music – the one that sticks in the mind?
It’s only been a short time for me. But, the first time I heard I.K.H. on the radio was so exciting - I was so hyped; more than I expected to be. It was just so exciting because, although I’d heard the song a million times, it was the first time I’d heard it with other people listening too.
Which three albums mean the most to you, would you say?
JoJo – The High Road
HAIM – Days Are Gone
Every single track is excellent - which I think is rare.
ABBA – Gold
All bangers, no mash.
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
Surround yourself with positive people who believe in you. There are plenty who are sceptical but don’t let them kill your vibe. Enjoy the process. If you’re always looking ahead you’ll miss the now!
IN THIS PHOTO: TS Graye
Are there any new artists you recommend we check out?
TS Graye. She’s a Bristol girl who just released her first single and it’s so good. She’s got an incredible vocal ability – very cool. Lex has worked with her on a few bits. HANNIE - new and exciting. Got a session in the diary with them; they’ve got a really fun vibe.
IN THIS PHOTO: HANNIE
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
I sleep and eat myself silly. I love to hang out with my good friends Ben and Jerry…
Finally, and for being a good sport; you can choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
JoJo – Leave (Get Out)