LP is one of the best singer songwriters in the music scene today; her voice captivates, and her energy is electric. She will be taking the stage at Neumos on Thursday night (Odessa opens), and I was able to ask her some questions about music, fashion and Vicci Martinez. Do not miss this show!
You’re well on your way to stardom, and you said you never wanted to conform. Being with a major, isn’t that difficult?
It can be. But whenever you are in a collaborative situation wether it be a song, an album or the marketing of an album there are compromises and concessions you have to make. That’s just what happens when you mix business and art in my opinion. If you put it out on your own then you don’t which is awesome but it hasn’t been my path.
Speaking of conforming … would you have ever performed on a show like American Idol to catapult your career?
No but I don’t think that is necessarily conforming. I think people are very brave to do it.
Artists always mention growth. What is growth to you?
Growth is forcing yourself to keep going through difficult times (ie: failure and even success) mentally and emotionally as an artist. To tap into what you are feeling and express it through the truest filter of your mind and get to a new place for you even if it’s not new to someone else.
How do you differentiate when writing …what song you want and what your going to pitch to another artist?
When I’m writing sometimes I’m with the other artist which is always clearly defined. When I’m not I sometimes will be there because we’re writing for someone else. But when I just start writing and it’s coming out a certain way I usually know. There’s a familiarity like an old friend or something that resonates with my soul. Or it’s just too high for anyone else to sing . Lol
Speaking of which … I was a huge fan of The Hills (gaydar alert). How was it writing for Heidi Montag? Do you research the person you write for? or just write off the cuff?
I didn’t write those songs with her in mind. I had written a bunch of songs with a producer she was working with and when she heard them she loved them and just kept wanting more of them and hiring me as a vocal producer on them so it was totally cool with me. She’s a very nice person as well.
I am in awe of the writing and of course the singing of SIA. Thoughts?
I think she is amazing and has found the perfect balance as far as being a writer and an artist in her own right . I think she’s done it unlike anyone yet. It’s inspiring.
Now that your in the spotlight and not just writing, does it fuck with your head that people like your for LP and not for Laura?
Not at all . My name is LP and I don’t really like being called Laura as it does not feel like my name anymore. I didn’t know that would happen but it did. I might even change my name to LP as a first name legally.
Your style is fucking tits-bingo! Who are your style icons?
Thanks! Well I love the Beatles early 60’s style, Mick Jagger, Serge Gainsbourg , Brian Ferry, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Hendrix.
Favorite piece of clothing?
I’d have to say my Carol Cristian Poell boots and Saint Laurent blazer.
What is your idea of quintessential beauty in a woman?
Just natural grace. Inner beauty of course and the outer don’t hurt either. ;)
You homies with Vicci Martinez (Tacoma), you wrote a song for her?
I met her once at Sayers Club in LA after I sang. She was super cool and nice.
Any favorite Seattle spots?
Well u know I only really hung out at the W last time cuz we had a gig and a photo shoot and that was it! But I do love that W dammit!!
Debut album Forever For Now out now. BUY TIX HERE
Upcoming LP tour dates are as follows:
09/18 Seattle, WA Neumos
09/19 Vancouver, Canada Fortune Sound Club
09/20 Portland, OR Alhambra Theatre
09/21 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
09/23 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room
09/24 San Diego, CA Casbah
09/26 Los Angeles, CA Roxy Theatre
Believer, the debut full-length from Megafortress, is not a meditation on faith or devotion. It is a search, constantly twisting into darkness, where the identities of every object and intentions of every figure are unclear. The tracks seem to follow a sole searcher, a lost person, for whom faith is not a source of light amidst the obscurity but a delusion that only makes the ambiguities more terrifying.
Megafortress is the solo work of Brooklyn artist Bill Gillim. In 2012, Software released his debut s/t EP, a collection of gorgeous vocal meditations and ambient soundscapes. Believer boasts a bolder, naked vocal approach, telling a hauntingly intimate story. The ten songs give shape to a world that on the surface seems sweet and welcoming, but, in time, slowly unravels into a place of disorder, sickness, and disappearance. That ambiguity is written into the album at all levels.
Aurally, the record is at once lush and spare. Layered synthesizers and saxophone, occasional bass, sampled bells and natural sounds, tweaked voices, and Gillim’s warm, unaffected vocals create a honeyed sonic backdrop. However each track adheres to a kind of patient minimalism of its own logic. The songs persistently resist climax, instead corkscrewing or turning into the unexpected: minor and discordant notes, interrupted thoughts, always toward an eerie stillness.
That balance of melody and discord, hope and haunting, is reiterated in the overall arc of the record, which takes us over a route of happier melody into darker, more anxious, more echoing and spacious zones, until we are left, lying on our backs, hearing ourselves breathe. All the while, the story we are being told in words is revealed to be one of self-deception, devious and obscure figures, and wishful thinking.
Me and the City is quickly becoming a musical force to be reckoned with. From its inception as the one-man project of singer-songwriter David Matus, this up-and-coming band has expanded their scope and palette through the addition of talented veteran musicians. Combining elements of folk, pop, and indie rock, their energetic live show has ignited venues across Southern California, creating a passionate fan-base with infectious enthusiasm. Me and the City just finished their debut album “The Wild Ones” with multi-platinum producer Warren Huart, songs that are sure to satisfy longtime fans while creating more buzz than ever.
Full name: Joshua Starkel/ Kyle Veazey
Hometown: Spokane, Washington / Edmond, Oklahoma
Name of band: Duke Evers
Style of music: Indie Rock
Influences: Queens of the Stone Age, Kings of Leon, Talking Heads, Led Zeppelin
Top 5 Seattle artists: Country Lips, My Goodness, The Crypts, The Hollers, Motopony
Favorite book: Tigerheart, Peter David / Memory of Light, Robert Jordan
Favorite Seattle drinking hole: Marios / The Lookout
Best show you have ever seen: Robert Plant
If you could play a gig with two other bands, who would they be: Kings of Leon, Queens of the Stone Age
Biggest celebrity crush: Eva Mendes / Karen O
Drink of choice: Shirley Temple / Whiskey
Guiltiest tv pleasure: Kitchen Nightmares / Ellen
Last thing you do before sleep: Sing / read a book while listening to Mouse on the Keys
Well there is not to much to say outside of; If you missed the Brent Amaker & The Rodeo show at The Tractor Tavern this past Saturday …. huge mistake. And it’s going to be awhile before you see one of the best live shows in Seattle, if not THE best for a very long time. I got word from the man himself it could be as long as 2016. BUMMER! Let’s hope not.
But fear not … in the meantime, he will be introducing us to his new alter ego Android Amaker. The project he has been working on with Vox Mod and P-Smoov of Mad-Rad. Expect a show late summer or fall.
But lucky for you we have some shots of the show, as well as the infamous video of one of the rodeo giving the audience a “sausage encore” we very soon won’t forget …or maybe some will. You be the judge.
Regardless, NighTrain, Fox and The Law and Brent Amaker & The Rodeo all brought it, and it was a night that will not be forgotten.