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Interview: Lois Levin Opens Up about Her Music, Guitars, and Songwriting

Interview: Lois Levin Opens Up about Her Music, Guitars, and Songwriting
Lois Levin
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A number of days in the past, Liverpudlian singer-songwriter Lois Levin launched “You Don’t Make Me Really feel Good Anymore,” a soulful, jazz-laced ode about fading ardour.

The observe follows on the heels of Lois’ 2021 debut single, “Burden,” which acquired reward from Jazz FM, BBC 6Music, BBC Introducing, and BBC London, together with options in elite retailers.

Lois’ sound blends parts of soul, pop, and jazz into scrumptious, evocative music tinted with a residue of disappointment – maybe the corollary of rising up with an absent mom because of alcoholism and the looming prospect of shedding her father to the identical poison.

Issues began to occur for Lois after an opportunity assembly with Liverpool-based producer Jon Withnall (Rihanna, Coldplay). Buying and selling demos and concepts throughout lockdown, the 2 later entered the studio to put down a number of tracks.

There’s a mystifying attract to Lois’ voice, a tantalizing high quality that’s onerous to place your finger on. But it surely’s there, with its seductive essence – irresistible and intriguing.

Guitar Woman Journal spoke with Lois Levin to find extra in regards to the particular person behind the music, her influences, and her songwriting course of.

What three issues can’t you reside with out?

Headphones, Xbox, and my Nan.

What impressed your new single, “You Don’t Make Me Really feel Good Anymore?”

I used to be interested in somebody a lot that I wrote them a track about how a lot I preferred them however how a lot I didn’t like all of them on the identical time. We spoke endlessly however didn’t handle to seek out the time to take it additional than that and, ultimately, I began to really feel like ‘what’s the purpose’ thus ‘You Don’t Make Me Really feel Good Anymore.’

Stroll us via your mindset as you approached recording the track.

I used to be penning this track in a observe room on the time and the particular person I used to be writing it about was within the constructing subsequent to me so after I was singing it, I form of felt like they have been in a position to hear me. The lyrics truly simply got here to me fairly shortly. I really feel that when your emotions are uncooked, phrases come to you bluntly, truthfully, and direct. I truly recorded this in my room observing my partitions with my microphone hooked up to a water bottle and with my household downstairs, I don’t suppose they thoughts me belting out. My supervisor and producer Jon Withnall helped me deliver it collectively.

How did you get began in music?

I’ve been writing because the age of 10 and picked up a guitar at 14 and began doing gigs regionally throughout Merseyside and I did this one gig in Brixton the place I received my first supervisor on the age of 17. I really feel like solely now I’ve actually discovered a sound and magnificence that feels proper to me. I grew up on Motown, swing and the plain early noughties pop and I really feel like my sound is a mix of lots of completely different genres.

The place are you from?

I’m from the fantastic Birkenhead!

Did your hometown affect your sound?

I assume you would say so. It undoubtedly did after I first started writing. I all the time felt I used to be influenced by early indie-rock bands, and I’ve in my time carried out covers of The Beatles that goes with out saying.

Which singers/musicians influenced your sound?

There are such a lot of it’s onerous to pinpoint. From Paolo Nutini, Ella Fitzgerald, The Stone Roses, T Rex, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Sade, the record goes on…

What sort of guitar do you play?

I used to play with a Fender Sonoran after I first began, I just lately purchased a Tanglewood and I simply love its bassy tones. After I play it, it actually takes me locations and makes me really feel one thing. I do personal a Fender Strat however haven’t but performed with it a lot.

What’s your definition of tone? And is your tone altering, or remaining just about the identical?

My tone vocally I discover is fairly low, however I really like going into falsetto. I assume it adjustments relying on what number of cigarettes I’ve had. My definition of tone could be one thing alongside the traces of the heartbeat of the track; vocally or lyrically – you’re gonna really feel it.

What evokes your writing? Do you draw inspiration from poems, music, TV, or different media?

My experiences for certain. Primarily temper. The individuals I meet and the way they make me really feel additionally. Generally I write poems and tales although. After I watch one other artist dwell, I can by no means totally focus due to how impressed I get. I’ll often write one thing afterward in a pub bathroom or one thing.

What are you able to share about your writing course of?

I discover phrases will come to me on the most random instances, name me the Mystic Meg of songwriting. In any other case, I’ll discover a number of chords which actually get to me both emotionally or rhythmically, and once more the phrases will come. I’m not one to wrestle discovering what to say.

Which artists in your opinion are killing it proper now?

Brooke Combe is smashing it proper now. I’m actually having fun with Joesef, Jordan Rakei, and Pleasure Crookes.

What can your followers sit up for over the following six months? Music movies? Reside gigs? New materials?

Extra dwell performances, I do have tracks roughly able to go so hopefully there shall be one other observe out if not two by the tip of the yr! I’m hoping to simply keep as energetic as potential and let individuals hear what I’ve been engaged on this previous yr. It’s an thrilling time.

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