Holly Låpsley Fletcher—better known as Låpsley—made waves with a viral Glastonbury performance back in 2014 and, more recently, with the beautiful hit single Hurt Me. Glamcult met the rising artist in Amsterdam, just before the release of her debut album, Long Way Home, which comes out this Friday. “My writing is very honest.”
We met for the first time a little while ago, in the spring of 2015. Back then you thought your first album would be released in August. What happened?
I wrote more songs! Actually, half of the album. [haha] I just wanted to keep writing and didn’t want to stop because this album will be my first one and has to be the best.
What can we expect?
It is mainly about relationships but the production is definitely a range of styles. I’ve tried to experiment a lot and give myself complete freedom. I think it worked out, but there are many more things I want to try. I love to create a new kind of music.
You were familiar with electronic music at a pretty young age. How come?
Yeah, I was 14! The music and beats were so different to me, just like the people who loved it. They were so connected with that kind of music, it fascinated me. I love the kind of industrial use of space and repetition. It’s all about the composition: why and how you bring things in and out. Also, the fact that all the sounds you hear are made by a computer or synthesizer is even greater. I’m a bit of nerd so I was like: yeah, that’s cool!
You interlink acoustic melodies and electronics with each other. How would you describe the outcome?
You know, with all my songs, if you strip down the production there’s a song that is originally written for piano and vocals. Then the writing determines what the song is about and the production determines the style. But I prefer the electronic sounds and loads of different electronic drum sounds. It’s like a classic song has been turned into this. That’s why I think my music is the future—or at least different.
Your father wrote a lot of poetry. Can we say that your songs are also a bit like poems?
I have an interest in extremes, from gospel to heavy electronic music. I was never in the middle. But now that I’m writing myself, the outcome is the middle of that. I never listen to music that is similar to mine. I prefer to put on a Bon Iver album or go out and listen to Ben Klock. That’s why I enjoy it personally, the difference between these two.
Why do you think your songs are called “dark” or “emo” by others?
Because I tell the truth and my writing is very honest. We aren’t used to hearing critical lyrics in pop songs. When people are hearing someone who is truthful, they think: oh shit, real emotion! But I don’t give a shit, actually. I mean, I like to write about the issues in my life. I’m always writing, it’s part of my personality. People often say: I expected you to wear black and hide in a room all day. Actually, I do hide myself in a room when I’m writing, but I also like to talk. I’m not going to dump my personality just because the music that I make is like that.
You don’t judge music based on gender. How does music affect you?
I want to be judged as a person and it shouldn’t matter which gender I am. People always mention it, which is a bit ridiculous because I’m making music. But if we are talking about gender, I want to be in the same competition as the boys. There is less competition with the girls, so within that category I don’t have to be amazing. I’d rather be in the big game. I’m quite high up in the female producers, but if I look to the guys, it’s low. But maybe that’s also because I haven’t been producing for a long time…