As an artist inspired by the likes of Kesha and Miley Cyrus, Lily Lyon is making her mark on the music world with her own blend of honest pop, as showcased on her latest single “Stuck”, which ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to premiere.
The song plays very much like a diary entry, addressing a personal issue which many are sure to find themselves relating to, or that they’ve gone through themselves and with the single dropping tomorrow, on Valentine’s Day, it’s a reflection on that OTHER side of love; the hard and painful part and the many ways people can and do struggle to overcome the hurt.
Asked about the inspiration behind the track Lily says:
“Stuck is about my recovery period after massive heartbreak. I think we’ve all been there, it’s when you’re finally ready and excited to put yourself out there but you’re also still quite raw. What isn’t quite obvious is that the song is about anxiety, the “people pleasing” anxiety that many women suffer to have our minds made up and put our own needs and wants last. There is already a heavy stereotype around women not knowing what they want and so the songs starts off with this internal debate with myself and by the end there’s some acceptance of it. A realization that it is okay to not know and it’s okay to take it day by day.”
Check out “Stuck” below and for more information on Lily Lyon, give her page a like on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
2019 was a big year for JP Saxe,
which saw him become somewhat of a staple on the lips – and social media
accounts – of numerous celebs and music fans thanks to the release of “If The
World Was Ending”, featuring Julia Michaels. Now, he’s kicking off 2020 with
the release of his debut EP and has a run of UK shows taking place later this month.
ThisIsTheLatest caught up with him to
chat favourite artists, song-writing inspiration and his ambitions for the year
TITL: At what age did you first realise you wanted to make music a
career and was there a particular band or artist/song or album that impacted
JP Saxe: Around 19, when I moved to
LA. At that time, I was listening to a lot of Justin Nozuka.
TITL: Which bands and artists would you say most inspire you when it
comes to the music you make?
JP: Gershwin, Yesika Salgado, Julia
TITL: If you had to describe yourself and your music in four words what
would you say?
JP: Over-intellectualized but generally
TITL: What would you say your unique selling point as an artist is?
JP: Asymmetrical jaw line.
TITL: From who or what do you most often find inspiration for your
JP: The feelings I don’t quite
TITL: There are many brilliant songs around, spanning the decades, but
if you had to choose, which, in your opinion, is the greatest ever written and
JP: Itsy bitsy spider. It’s timeless.
It will always go up the water spout.
TITL: Your latest single, “If The World Was Ending”,
which features Julia Michaels, has proven to be a HUGE hit with several celebs
posting and tweeting about the track. Did you ever expect or could you ever
have anticipated the reaction it’s received?
JP: Nope. It’s really fucking
TITL: How exactly did Julia come to be involved on the track?
JP: She posted my song “25 In
Barcelona” on IG. I messaged her, she said we should write, and we wrote ifwwe
the day we met!
TITL: The track was produced by Finneas, Billie Eilish’s brother who is
also making quite a name for himself. What was the creative/productive process
like between the two of you?
JP: So easy. He’s brilliant. All his
instinct were spot on.
TITL: Are there plans for an EP or album in the works?
JP: My EP Hold It Together was released on Friday!
TITL: What about tour and performance plans? Any chance fans can see you
in a town or city near them soon?
JP: Yup!! Europe with Lennon Stella
and then at least another tour this year but likely and probably more.
TITL: As well as praise, artists often face a lot of criticism from
critics but do you pay much attention to or care much about what such people
think? Do you ever find negative comments hurtful and how do you overcome how
they make you feel?
JP: I get compared only to other sexy
gingers. I’m happy about it.
TITL: Taking into account all the praise you’ve received from users of
social media, how do you feel about the industry’s – and society’s – apparent
reliance on it? Do you believe it’s at all possible for bands and artists
to achieve success without being socially interactive these days and do you
think there are any downsides to the industry in particular being so
JP: It’s just a tool. It can be a
beautiful connector or a delimitating distractor. The differentiation is
entirely in our own hands.
TITL: Finally then, what are your plans for 2020? After the success
you’ve achieved so far, what’s the next goal for you to reach for and
JP: Keep being myself and stay happy
for the right reasons.
JP Saxe’s EP Hold It Together is available now and for more information on JP,
visit his website, give his page a like
on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.
While some artists might be afraid to touch on delicate subjects, Rachel Bobbitt and Justice Der most certainly are not, as proven by the subject matter behind their latest single “Beneath Our Feet (Exit Music)” – death. Though the subject is difficult, the video to the track presents death in a friendly, yet eerie presence sort of way that feels almost familiar and perhaps may even encourage those to watch it to speak more openly about the issue itself. Currently working on new material, ThisIsTheLatest caught up with the duo to chat favourite songs, social media and ultimate ambitions.
TITL: Let’s go back to the beginning. When did you each first realise you had an interest in/passion for music and how did you come together?
Justice: I first realized I had a passion for music when I heard
Breezin by George Benson in the car.
Rachel: I can’t really pinpoint an exact moment. My mom was playing a
lot of folk music around the house when I was growing up, so I think it pretty
quickly became an intuitive way for me to communicate my feelings and thoughts.
We met at school in Toronto.
TITL: Which artists growing up
made you think “I want to follow in their footsteps?”
R: Leonard Cohen.
J: George Benson.
TITL: Is there any particular
artist you might say you sound similar to, or do you make a determined effort
to just be yourselves and something fresh and new?
J: We are a blend of our influences, and our own sound. We are
definitely inspired by many different artists, but also try to bring something
new to everything we make.
TITL: What would you say is your
unique selling point as a duo? What one thing makes you stand out from your
many artistic counterparts?
R: It’s hard to say, we don’t think too much about our selling point.
TITL: Which bands and artists have
most influenced you over the course of your career and how do those influences
impact the music you make?
J: We have been heavily influenced by Alex G, Phoebe Bridgers, Soccer
Mommy, Frank Ocean, Miles Davis, etc. These musicians all inspire us to create
music we are passionate about and believe in.
TITL: Is there a story behind your
latest music video “Beneath Our Feet (Exit Music)?
R: The video is about being mortal. The ghost in the video represents
the grim reaper. We wanted to try to present death in a lighthearted way.
TITL: Death is never an easy
subject to broach, in any form, so why did you choose to do so through music?
What do you hope people take from the story/meaning behind the song?
R: It has a lot to do with the age we have arrived at. We inevitably
are confronted with thoughts of our own mortality more and more as we age.
Through the song, we wanted people to try to think about death in a way that
isn’t daunting, or overwhelmingly negative. It’s a song about putting a
lighthearted spin on one of our biggest commonalities as people.
TITL: The track is taken from your
album When This Plane Goes Down. For
those who might not have heard it yet, how would you sum it up and could you
each pick a favourite track?
R: The album is about growing up. Mine is “Alex.”
J: “Passed out Trees.”
TITL: Who or what most inspires
your creativity when it comes to songwriting? Which song might you say is the
greatest ever written and why?
J: We’re inspired by our experiences from our childhood and young
adulthood. The greatest song ever
written is pretty hard, some of our favourites of all time are “Close To You”
by The Carpenters, “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green and “Between the Bars” by
TITL: If you could put together
your dream show with four bands or artists, living or dead, who would you choose
and where would you play?
R: Frank Ocean, Elliott Smith, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen. Outside in
rural Nova Scotia.
TITL: Do you have any
performances/tour dates lined up? Where can music fans next check you out?
J: None as of right now, we’re working on new material to release in
TITL: To what extent do you use
social media? What’s your view on how technologically ‘obsessed’ we as a
society seem to be?
J: We don’t take social media too seriously. It’s important to have a
sense of humour about it, and not spend too much time on it.
TITL: Finally then, given that so
many bands and artists tend to fall by the wayside, what’s the long term goal
for the two of you? Where would you like to see yourselves, personally and
professionally, 5-10 years down the line?