Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Dublin singer Lōwli to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I'm from Galway, in the west of Ireland. I first began playing music when I was about nine years old when I began learning Irish traditional music on the fiddle. I then began playing piano when I was about twelve which I discovered I had a real love for. A few years later, in my teens, I began improvising and writing music - that was when I realised I wanted to get into a career in music. I went on to study music in university and I only started singing properly when I was about twenty-one!
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I had many musical influences when I was younger - Bowie, The Beatles, Bon Iver and a lot of composers too such as Debussy and Chopin, who are still very influential now. Recently, I've been very inspired by artists such as Agnes Obel, Olafur Arnalds, James Blake and Irish artists such as Saint Sister, Lisa Hannigan and Villagers among lots of others.
How would you describe your sound?
I write piano-based music and I also like to work with strings. So I think there is a strong orchestral aspect to my sound but when combined with the vocals and more contemporary elements, I would describe my sound as dark, atmospheric pop.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest release is called 'Feathers' and it's an EP that I released in February 2019. It was my first EP release and it's a collection of songs that I wrote during the first two years into this project.
What’s your local music scene like?
My local music scene is Dublin which is great at the moment. There's always great gigs going on here and lots of collaboration opportunities for artists. The quality of the music that is coming out of this country is incredible too - you've got artists like Dermot Kennedy, Talos, Saint Sister, Wyvern Lingo, SOAK and Rosie Carney to name but a small few.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
At the moment, I'm spending a lot of time writing as it's been quite a while since I've given myself the time to focus on creating new material. I'm also spending a lot of time composing instrumental music which is something I'm really enjoying and looking forward to incorporating into my live shows. I'm also preparing to record my next release which is all happening over the next couple of months. All to be revealed soon!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
There are so many! Right now, I'd probably say Agnes Obel or Olafur Arnalds.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Not recently, but in my old band, a Christmas tree fell on me during a gig right in the middle of a song. Funny in hindsight!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
There's no label or funding helping me out, just lots of work... so every bit of support is super helpful! I hope you all like the music and if you do then you can follow me on social and Spotify to keep up to date with new releases!