INTERVIEW: LOVEDAY

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Hi Loveday, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi! I’ve been really good thank you, I feel like the last few months have been tricky or everyone, but now things are (sort of) returning to normal and I’m on cloud nine!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “I Can’t Dance”?

‘I Can’t Dance’ is my favourite single that I have released so far! I love how energetic it is compared to my older stuff. I wrote the lyrics about how I have two left feet, but it’s important to not let that stop you from dancing however you want even if you look ridiculous, it’s all about having fun and doing what makes you happy.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

There was no particular event, it was based on a feeling that I’ve felt so many times on the dance floor. I used to allow myself to feel easily embarrassed which would often hold me back from having the best time possible, but now I’ll just do whatever makes me happy.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

I had plans to film a music video for this track before lockdown, but then the whole world sort of got flipped upside down! I would love to pick up my video ideas where I left off but given the Corona situation it’s tricky and things are a bit unsure at the moment, but hopefully in the future there will be more visuals for this track!

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing this song was such a un process! I started writing this track in a studio session in London with producer Peter Lyons. We had started writing that day with a completely clean slate and were playing around with different drum/bass sounds. Peter started playing that bass line that you can hear in the song now and I loved it straight away. We built the instrumental song that day and when I got home I wrote the lyrics and melody. Recording the vocals in our next session was really fun. It took a little while because we

wanted to get it perfect, but I got to get really shouty with it which I love.

What role does Midlands play in your music?

Although the music scene around the Midlands is not the largest, it holds a special place in my heart as this is where I did all my first gigs. They were mostly in small pubs, and not many people were actually listening, but I had so much fun gigging around the midlands when I was 13-15 years old. Also, I’ve received amazing support from BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, which I’m so grateful for.

So Sammy Porter has a remix of the song coming up – how did he come on board and did you get to work together with him for this rendition in particular?

Yes, the remix is out now! I had heard some of Sammy’s past work and loved it, luckily my managers made it possible for him to remix I Can’t Dance. I had no involvement in Sammy’s creative process for this remix. The original song was my vision, and I was happy to trust Sammy to take the track wherever he wanted, and I love the finished result!

Having people remixing your work – do you tend to take that in consideration when writing a song?

No I don’t. When I’m writing a song, I just go with my own vision in the moment and don’t really think about what will happen to the song afterwards. It’s interesting to see how remixers make something that was mine completely their own.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

I am working on lots of new material at the moment. I am focussing on my production skills, it is my aim to release a song written and produced by me in the next year or so.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Not currently, no. I like to just go with the flow, my sound is always adapting and changing, I’ll know when the time is right.

Any plans to hit the road?

Next year I hope to relocate to London so that I can be more involved with the music scene down there. It is a dream of mine to go on tour, but that will be in the future (hopefully not too far in the future!). I would also love to support a band/artist on a tour.

What else is happening next in LOVEDAY’s world?

I am going to be gigging more next year (if the current situation in the world allows it!). Other than that I plan to carry on writing as much as possible, collaborating with different artists, releasing new material. I guess we’ll see what happens! I can’t wait.