Finding inspiration in heartbreak, LP could only do what she does best: “singing and writing about things that feel like they need to get out.” The outcome is her honest-to-the-core new album Lost on You. With a spine-chilling voice and distinct image, the artist is a refreshing female figure in the contemporary rock scene. Glamcult caught up with the New York native and discovered her soft spot for Justin Bieber, how emotions fuel her songs, and the importance of music in general. “Songs are medicine to me.”
Your European tour is in full swing, how has it been so far?
It’s been amazing; every night is an exciting different kind of crowd. It’s fun and the reaction to the new stuff they don’t even know is really beautiful. I feel very lucky.
We noticed you’re very active on social media, thanking fans and addressing current issues aside from music. How important is interacting with the world to you?
It’s the most important thing—I wish I could do it more. I just think: you’re only anywhere because of fans, they’re pretty much the whole reason you are here. I hope there’s a mutual respect in terms of privacy and some restraint, but I think people are pretty cool about it and it means a lot to them when I even just like their posts. Ultimately I don’t want there to be some big gap between us, I think we’re all the same. It’s almost as though it’s my job to do something for them and I take that very seriously. Songs are medicine to me and I’m sure to other people, and it’s a great honour to be able to do this as my job. Liking a song is almost involuntary, you can’t help it and sometimes you just need it.
Do you approach writing songs for other people differently to writing songs for yourself?
Sometimes, but I’m starting to less and less. When I’m writing with someone I try to go into their world more, but I have also learnt not to try to really to get into anyone’s world if I don’t know them. I was writing for Leona Lewis a month or so before I wrote with her and she had just been through a break-up so the song I wrote was very sad. Then she informed me (when I started writing with her) that actually it was a really good break-up, so the song didn’t really work for her. I write more personally when it’s for me; Lost on You was a very personal song but at the same time it’s very universal. The first line: “When you get older, plainer, saner”—who isn’t going to go through that or knows someone who is going through that?
What mostly inspires your music?
Everything, but especially my mood, I’m a very emotional person; I can feel emotion swelling up and my release is singing and writing about things that feel like they need to get out.
Does your own music ever surprise you, either by the way it sounds, the response you get from it or by what it allows you to say?
Yes, sometimes it does. Other People surprised me because I was able to get down how I felt so accurately. I like how it’s a different vibe for me, it’s a little bit more laid back, and I don’t want all my songs to be the same.
What do you do to relax when you’re not making or playing music?
I love to read and I’m a bit of a Yoga-head, it’s one of those things that I can do on the road to keep me fit. When you’re a singer, your body is a big deal as it is your instrument. I have to counteract my love for booze and staying up late with something healthy—I try to exercise and eat well.
What’s your favourite song at the moment?
I’m addicted to The Weeknd’s Starboy and sometimes I just need to hear that melody. I also love the new Kings of Leon song and Don’t You Cry For Me by Cobi. I have to admit I really love some of the new Justin Bieber songs; I always wake up with them stuck in my head! I feel bad for him though, he gets so much criticism and I think considering how famous he is—arguably the most sought-after boy in the world—the fact he isn’t a total axe murderer is a miracle!