Ahead of her debut EP, meet the rising star you're going to 'Want More' of...
Making her mark with diaristic new tunes, Lola Lennox is stepping out as a solo artist. Pulling from her family legacy – as the daughter of Eurythmics icon Annie Lennox – and background in music, Lola Lennox is ready to share her own unique creative vision.
Now, with two new newly released singles ‘Want More’ and ‘Love Like That’ making waves, we caught up with the dynamic singer-songwriter to hear more about her eager plans on conquering the music industry. From Lennox’s charming journal-like lyricism to electric sound, get ready for a crash course on all things Lola. With commitments piling in and new music undoubtedly on the way, the busy musician sits down with tmrw to share what it’s like growing up in the spotlight and how she shares her soulful humanity in her art.
Hello Lola! We’re interviewing you for our online GET TO KNOW segment. How’s your day going so far?
Hi, I’m happy to be chatting with you. My day has been good, I’m actually on holiday in Mallorca, so I’m enjoying some time to relax and enjoy the sunshine.
We’ve heard rumours that you’re on track to release your new single ‘Want More’ soon. Can you tell us what inspired the song?
I wrote ‘Want More’ about trying to fill an internal void with fleeting things. We’re living in a really fast-paced time where we’re constantly encouraged to do better with our jobs, relationships, bodies, lifestyles etc. The internet shows us a highlight reel of other people’s lives and prohibits us from feeling genuinely happy with who we are. It can become a vicious cycle of self-gratification where we never really get to the root of being content within ourselves. I’d love for my music to make people feel that they are enough just as they are.
You’ve recently released singles ‘Back At Wrong’ and ‘Whenever You Go’. Can you tell us how these songs came about?
I recorded ‘Back At Wrong’ in my apartment during the peak of the pandemic, it’s a song with a bit of a Blues flavour and is about relationships that are alluring and toxic. ‘Wherever You Go’ is a song about being apart from the people you love but holding them close despite the distance. During the pandemic, I was in LA and I missed my family and friends in the UK; this song is an ode to cherishing those connected to you, even if you’re far away from each other.
You’ve been surrounded by music from a young age and started writing songs as a teen. Was music always your first port of call as a career?
Ever since I was really little music spoke to me in a way that made me want to immerse myself in it. Hearing music and singing has such a power to it, and so when I was young I started to learn songs. I would write down lyrics from CDs in my bedroom and I sang a lot at school, I loved to learn all types of genres and styles and I sang in choirs. The feeling singing gave me made me want to follow it into my adult life and when I started writing as a teenager it really gave me a sense of purpose and it was a way for me to express myself. I’ve worked hard to grow and find my sound as an artist, I strive to bring the best I can out of myself and to make music that touches people in a meaningful way.
What has served as the biggest inspiration for your sound?
I really love music from the 60s and 70s, the emotional power that artists like Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone have is awe-inspiring to me. I want to bring in a flavour of the past to my songs but also give them a fresh and energized feel. I also love a pop banger with melodies that stick in your head, I’m always chasing clever little hooks that people will easily remember, but I try to balance that out with musical integrity and heartfelt feeling.
Do you have a favourite musical anecdote?
I love music festivals, I saw Prince play Purple Rain with purple confetti filling the crowd, I saw Neil Young and Stevie Wonder at Glastonbury and The Rolling Stones at Desert Trip– its mesmerizing to see how music connects and uplifts the audience.
Having an established family member in the music scene can send a lot of eyes your way. What have you learned from the experience of having industry parents?
Growing up and seeing my Mum making music showed me something that felt really meaningful. It was amazing as a child to watch her shows and see the passion and hard work she put into perfecting them. I loved hearing songs come together, it was amazing to witness the creative process and the work that it takes to create something beautiful. I saw that to make music, it takes more than tinkling on the piano (as lovely as that is) it takes vision, and a dedication to your craft as well as a deep connection and passion for making music that means something.
What’s a surprising fact that most people don’t know about you?
I can be pretty goofy and love joking around and being silly, I think I have quite a childish spirit in me sometimes.
Can you share your favourite lyric from your debut EP?
“All the empty pages, the future looked so bright, I didn’t know then what I do now”.
You’ve previously said you hope to create music that authentically represents you. Do you think your upcoming EP does that?
Writing music is my way to collect my thoughts and experiences, to me the textures, colours and words expressed through sound is my way of expressing a certain memory or emotion. It’s like I get to paint my life with music, each song feels like a distillation of a time that I’ve been in. The upcoming EP shows the side of me that dreams, I have quite a strong imagination and I’ve tried to put that sensory feeling into the songs. It’s also a chance for me to make music with a more melancholic tone, when I’ve released my previous singles, I’ve wanted them to be captivating and have a beat, and with the EP I get to show a side of myself that is more reflective and sombre– sad songs are actually my favourite kind of songs to sing.
Are there any artists or new albums you have been impressed by lately?
I’ve been loving listening to Self Esteem, Laufy and the new Harry Styles record is fantastic, I love the sound he’s making.
So, what’s next for Lola Lennox?
I’m very excited to get back into the studio and start working on my debut album.
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