Here’s one of our favorite interviews, done by Digital Trends on June, 2016. Calling it an interview doesn’t do it justice. It’s more like an exchange of intelligent observations and statements.
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There are virtually no questions, “just” an eloquent conversation between LP and Mike Mettler that takes us from discussing the problems with the Forever For Now album, through talking about the power of “Muddy Waters,” to going into details of the who’s and how’s and why’s of what inspires LP musically. There’s also a rare moment during their conversation when LP shares a strict comment about her famous live session from Harvard & Stone. Moreover, she gives a couple of reasons why Forever For Now isn’t what she intended and, this time, it’s not only about the production. And she mentions a really great video of Guns N’ Roses being interviewed right before Appetite For Destruction got worldwide recognition. (You’ll find the link in the sidebar, it’s fun to watch!) She keeps straying from the subject all the time, but it really doesn’t matter, as it always leads to something even more interesting.
We wish there were more interviews like that, not about the facts, but about the reasons, not about what happened, but what kind of engine was behind the motion. And how this engine is constructed. Just like here, where she talks about writing Forever For Now album:
That’s the biggest thing I got sad about. I’m a songwriter for other people, as you know. And when big-label people see that you’re writing pop songs for other people, they want you to do that for yourself. There is a pop element to what I do, but I’m going for a deeper, more left-of-center vibe. That’s the sound I’ve always been looking for. To be honest, the last album got put into the rock blender, and that took off some of the edges.
And there’s more, so make yourself comfortable and have a pleasant reading!