LINDSEY LOMIS
ON MAKING MUSIC PEOPLE CAN COME HOME TO

As the trailblazing Nashville star releases her latest creation, 'Bones', tmrw talks quarantine-creativity and being a part of Generation Z with Lindsey Lomis.

Self described in three words, Lindsey Lomis’ evolution has led her to create new music which is “honest, groovy, darker”. She explains, “darker in the sense of its perception of reality: that this is what we all feel. The ‘someone’s finally saying it’ kind of dark”.

At just 17-years-old, Lindsey has found a unique space for herself in the world of music as a cross-genre innovative singer-songwriter. A Gen-Z teen talent, the born and raised Nashville girl-next-door is self-aware, kind and full of hope: “I’m so excited for people to hear my latest work,” she gushes over the phone, telling me how her latest track ‘Bones’ – out today – was her most empowering creation yet. “Writing it, singing it and even listening to it, was all an empowering process” Lindsey laughs: “it just makes me feel like a badass”.

Writing and singing about life for a young creative in 2020, Lindsey Lomis is well attuned to the trials and tribulations of growing up online: “Social media can be damaging as it’s so easy to compare yourself to other people, it can be paralysing”. “I think the best advice I’ve ever been given and try to give out too is to not compare yourself to other people”, Lindsey explains, “You can get so caught up in trying to be like somebody, but nobody needs another one of that person, so be yourself.”

And why should you want to be anyone if you’re Lindsey Lomis: a talent beyond her years with so much potential she could burst. We get to know the burgeoning talent to celebrate her new release, and hear all about what’s left to come…

It’s been a tough few months for lockdown America, have you found it difficult to be creative at this time?

Oh for sure, I feel like I thrive in a very busy environment. Even as far as my creativity in terms of songwriting, I think I’m most creative after I’ve been really busy and when I get a moment to breathe, that’s when it hits me. It’s hard being so still, and you haven’t talked to anyone properly in ages: it’s definitely a little different and was difficult to adjust to at first. Quarantine has been slow but I’ve been getting ready to release music and so I’m super excited to be doing stuff again.

You grew up in Nashville, one of the world’s most famous cities for music, how did that influence you?

It helped so much: being constantly surrounded by music, with the live scene and being able to study these performers really helped to mould me as an artist. It gave me an opportunity to figure out who I really am as an artist too. There are so many options as a young kid growing up in Nashville to perform: so many camps, and met some incredible mentors who really guided me. Experiences like that totally helped me figure out who I want to be and what I want to say as an artist. My parents aren’t in music and so I think the town raised me in that aspect, figuring out where I stand in the industry. I guess just seeing musicians all the time makes a career in music seem less out of reach; it seemed attainable as it’s a normal job in Nashville, it’s not some crazy pipe dream… And I was like well I’m gonna do it!

Did you feel any kind of pressure because of those surroundings?

Actually, surprisingly no. I think I fell in love with music before I realised Nashville was a music hub, I was too young to even know that yet. My parents used to take me out to shows when I was in a little backpack carrier, taking me to music before I could even speak! But when I decided I wanted to make music, I just did it and fell in love. So the next step was looking at what I could do, and I guess that was so much easier for me to do in a place like Nashville.

Was there a moment in your life when you knew you had to make music?

Totally, I’ve been singing since I could speak so I think I always instinctively knew I was into music. I’m not sure if this is the exact time, but I clearly remember watching High School Musical, and being like “I have to become a singer!”. I mean that’s not a very deep moment, but I remember being on the edge of my bed thinking I have to sing! So funny that that’s the one time that comes to mind, but again there are a lot of little moments along the way too. Getting to and learning how to record for the first time was a big moment for me too, that all felt very instinctual though. I think that’s when you know you have to do something is when it just comes so naturally like that.

As such a young performer, do you feel represented by the Generation Z?

I definitely do. I think in terms of my inspiration, I love blending a lot of different generations and genres of music to influence me, which perhaps makes it a bit more mature sounding. It has a variety of tastes. But I definitely resonate with Gen Z, it’s really inspiring to see a bunch of kids doing music for real: it’s so important to see and to know that I can do it too. Maybe a decade ago I would’ve felt a lot of pressure as a young musician, but I think that the time we’re living in now, it’s normal. I feel very represented in the media and stuff for sure.

"It’s so easy to get caught up in the world, especially over the past few months, I hope my music can help relieve that even just for a few minutes."

Social media, especially Instagram, definitely helps with that and let’s you build a community… What’s your relationship like with social media?

Exactly! I feel like everyone’s relationship with social media is a bit odd… I think honestly for me it’s all been very positive, I’ve met some incredible people through Instagram. It’s just so special to be able to reach people all over the world so easily, it’s so crazy. Seeing people who know your song across the globe, is just so cool: I feel like those global fans don’t even know how cool that is to me! It’s really special to not only see that, but be able to communicate with them and feel like I’m able to build relationships with people I’ve never even met before.

Does that make you more nervous releasing music? Knowing that there are people all over the world listening? Or does that make it more exciting?

Definitely a bit of both. It’s like performing – the excitement definitely over powers the nerves, it has to! But, there’s always going to be some nerves because I care so much: I don’t think it’s caring what people think so much, more caring about the work. These songs I put out mean so much to me personally, especially being the writer, I think this next body of work is very honest so I’m super excited for people to see that side of me but I’m also bracing myself, like “right here we go!”. No turning back!

What do you hope people take away from your music?

The main thing for me, is I want people to feel like my music is something they listen to when they come home after a long day of work, drop all their bags, and that this helps them drop the world off of their shoulders. I think the idea of one of my songs being something someone is comforted by, feel like they can just be whilst they listen to it – that’s super special to imagine. It’s so easy to get caught up in the world, especially over the past few months, I hope my music can help relieve that even just for a few minutes.

What does your new single ‘Bones’ mean to you?

Honestly, and I hope people get this from the song, it’s so empowering. Writing it, singing it and even listening to it, was all an empowering process. I haven’t written many upbeat songs, so it was really cool to learn that I can create those too. All in all though it makes me feel like a badass so I hope people feel like that way too when they listen to it.

What influences have had a big impact on your work?

I’ve grown up with so much surrounding me, but one of the most inspiring things I’ve discovered is how music is so genreless now. I gravitate towards female-led R&B and soul, especially women like H.E.R who is a huge inspiration to me: an incredible writer who plays every single instrument and sings so flawlessly. Artists like Sabrina Claudio too and SZA are women who I really look up to too, and I’m so glad they’re getting the attention they deserve.

What’s been the proudest moment of your career so far?

There have been so many but I think the one that comes to mind that’s really special for me was working with Busbee who passed away last year. He signed me and was such an inspiration to me: he really helped evolve my music to what it is now. Getting to work with him was such a special and unique experience, it was a short amount of time but he was a guardian angel really: he brought me to where I needed to be and set me off. The fact that I got to work with him makes me really proud.

Press play on Lindsey Lomis’ new music video for ‘Bones’ below now. 

Words by Kitty Robson

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