Is every interview fun for LP? Well, let’s see. On September 7th, 2016, LP was a guest of the German TV program, ARD Morgenmagazin, where she performed “Lost On You” as well as gave a short interview live. Additionally, she also gave a backstage interview for ARD’s Facebook page, and this is what we’d like to share with you today.
Still frame from ARD Facebook live video
So, was it fun? You can see for yourself. Nonetheless, her answers are insightful and show her songwriting process in yet another light, so it’s something which is definitely worth watching.
As for the interview itself, it is probably the perfect example of how not to start a conversation with an artist and how not to end it. Maybe this is one of the events she summarized during her concert in Berlin in October, 2016, saying, “some journalists keep reminding me [“Lost On You”] is not that big here…” But still she managed to share some details of her craft – perhaps due to the atmosphere of the conversation, she pictured it a bit differently than she usually does.
And she looks stunning (of course).
Q: LP, can you introduce yourself a little bit to our audience?
LP: Oh yeah, yeah, of course. Am I on here? No, no, I’m not on here.
Q: No, just talk to me.
LP: Oh, yeah. Time-out. Let me start again.
LP: Hi, I’m LP. How are you?
Q: Who are you? Could you introduce a little bit to our audience? Where are you from?
LP: I am a singer/songwriter originally from New York, I live in LA now. And, uhm, I… I have done a lot of songs for other people, I’ve done my own stuff, I’ve had, like, indie music out, I’ve had major label music out… I just consider myself really a songwriter above all and… But I happen to sing as well.
Q: Your single “Lost On You” has become a real hit single right now. What’s the story of the song?
LP: That song was born out of a lot of confusion and a lot of turmoil, to be honest. It was summer of 2014 and I was currently signed to Warner Brothers Records and I had a record that was actually being released right around the time I wrote this song and I pretty much knew it wasn’t gonna get its, you know, what it deserved, then hit at, kind of, like taking, a few turns that I wasn’t happy with. And I thought I had avoided it. And there was nobody at the label anymore that was really behind what I was doing, they’d all been replaced. So it was like I was lost in that regard. And my relationship was really cloudy at that moment too, I had, like, five-year relationship that was just kind of… I knew things were wrong, but I personally wasn’t ready to give it up, so I was trying to… It was almost like this song was one of last songs that… It was like a plead to, like, “Why are you doing this?” kind of thing and… But it was a very, uhm, I think I really felt what was going on at the moment, even if, you know, it took another six months to year to end to be honest. So.
Q: So you put all those emotions into a song?
LP: Yeah. Yeah. Yeah, I knew it was a sinking ship, I guess, at that moment, so I was very in touch with the… You know, I was very sad about it, I think you can really… I was tapped into the sadness of it. So.
Q: Have you expected the success of the song?
LP: I don’t know, ‘expect’ is a big word, but I knew it was a good song, you know. But I’ve… You know, I feel like I’ve had other songs that I knew were good songs that didn’t necessarily get the legs that this one has had. But I feel like, uhm, there’s something so true and deeply authentically, like, heartbroken about it that I think a lot of people can relate.
Q: So you wrote a lot of songs for other big artists, you wrote a lot of songs for you – can you plan a hit single or something like that or is it something which comes by surprise?
LP: I think it comes by surprise for me. I mean, I think, you know, ‘cause I feel like I’ve had so many songs that people were like: “This is a smash!” like, “This is amazing!” and then you don’t know what happens with it, so… But I think, I think it’s dangerous for me personally to ever think like that. I just wanna… I feel like I’ve gotten much better at… to invest… what rings very true to me, so I just go with that and see. You know, sometimes, I don’t know, I think if there was a certain formula – and there is for some people, I mean people write multiple song hits – but I think even the people that do have many songs they’ve written that aren’t, you know, it’s just like a number, so kind of keep writing songs and just put them out. And if you… I say this a lot, but if you write a hit song, you have to kind of write another hit song. There’s no… There’s no, like, resting on it: “Hey I wrote I hit song!” “There you go! Bye!” You gotta keep writing, or you wanna keep writing, you know.
Q: Now you’re having a hit song “Lost On You.” Thank you for having me.
LP: Thank you so much. I appreciate it.