Lauren Day

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Lauren Day

Where are you currently based?

I’m living in Sydney, Australia.

How did you first start playing music?

When I was young my Uncle would always play the piano and drums and put awesome music on and I loved it and just knew I wanted to make music.

What’s been happening recently?

 I’ve just released my debut EP that I was working on for the past year so I’m so happy to have it out in the world now! I have 2 more music videos for it to release over the next couple of weeks. I’m now working on a few new songs that I plan to release this year. I’m also currently rehearsing for my first gig after releasing my latest music so I’m excited for that!

Your new self-titled three track EP is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?

 I drew a lot of influence from some of my favourite artists old and new. Lana Del Rey and Solange are big influences. I also looked to a lot of old favourites of mine such as Massive Attack, Sade, Fleetwood Mac. I listen to their songs daily and I love how easy listening they are. I had just returned from a trip to Europe so I was living for the summertime which you can definitely tell with the songs being so summery haha. Cala Gonone was one of my favourite places I visited in Italy and I wrote that song in like 20mins! It just flowed out of me. On & On was about a break through in my music and self confidence. Summer Lover is literally describing summer when I was a kid with an added romance.

How did you go about writing the EP?

 I wrote about 8-9 songs in my room with basic production to the vibe that I wanted. I took 4 of my favourite ones to my favourite Producers to turn them into what they are today!

Where and when did you record/produce/master and who with?

 I demoed them all in my room toward the end of 2019 to early 2020. On & On was recorded before and after lockdown with Matt Hurt in his Balmain studio. Matt and I have been working together for a long time and he knows me really well so he always gets my vibe. Cala Gonone I took to Alex Preston as we had released a couple of tracks together at the time. We recorded that in his home studio in Dee Why. Summer Lover was the last one to finish and I reached out to Xavier Dunn to work with me on this one as I loved his sound and thought he would do a great job with it and he did! Peter Holz did the mastering for me. He’s also mastered my songs Forever Young and Seeing you again in the past.

How did you approach the recording process?

Firstly it was important for me to work on the sound and vibe that I wanted to put out to the world. I listened to a lot of songs to figure out what I liked most about the songs I loved. Once I had these demos it was simply matching the songs to the most suited Producer and sitting with them through the process making sure the direction stayed on track and also a lot of inspiration came whilst in the production process too.

Your EP features the single On & On, how did this track come about and what does it mean to you?

It was the first song I wrote on the EP and it came at a time when I had decided to stop holding myself back and gain the confidence to produce the demo’s myself and really find who I wanted to be as an artist and so this song just came very naturally with that state of mind and new goal I had set myself. I’ve always struggled with my self confidence and can be very shy. I’d say I’m a bit of an extroverted introvert haha. So this song really resonates with me.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

I’m loving Joy Crookes, Cleo Sol, Snoh Allegra, Clairo, Pip Millet and The Internet to name a few. I think you could definitely hear my songs aligning with these vibes.

What do you like to do away from music?

I love to travel, spend time with my friends and family. I love a night out but also love a day on the couch watching movies! It’s all about balance!

What’s planned for 2021?

More music and more live gigs! I have a couple of songs in the works. My first live performance of my EP is coming up  30th of May and I’m so excited for this! I’m wanting to do more live shows this year!

Favourite food and place to hangout?

I’m obsessed with Pad Thai and basically all pasta! I love to hang out at the beach or in a bar/restaurant at sunset with the people I love.

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Photography: Billie-Jean Bullard @billiejeanbullard

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