We caught up with Juno award winning artist LIGHTS to find out what she’s most proud of, what makes her different, and what really drives her soul.
On writing music: My first song was like a breakout moment because I could come up with any sound and make it feel as creative [or] insulting as I wanted. It was a really cool discovery and I was addicted and kept writing. It came to a point where I was so proud of creating that I wanted to show the world.
On her musical influences growing up: “I listed to a lot of what my dad listened to as a kid, The Beatles, Super tramp, Phil Collins. I was raised around really good music and then I started to develop my own taste. [I got] into a lot of metal, it had that level of angst that is necessary in my music in order to hash out whatever. Now, I listen to a lot of electric stuff, I love Bjork, and Justice. There’s a lot of cool stuff out there.”
On the story behind Saviour: “Everybody gets in those days where you lose hope and you feel like you’re doing everything wrong. It’s a tough spot to be in but everybody gets there and you just need somebody to say something to you or you need somebody to be there and tell you that everything is going to be okay and its feels like you need them to come and basically save you.”
On being different: “When I make music I want it to be something that’s really enjoyable. One of the reasons I started doing this was because I wanted to make music that I couldn’t find in stores. There was something that my ears wanted to hear that I couldn’t find, so I just created it. It’s something different.”
On working with Thomas Salter and Dave Thomson: “I’ve know these guys for a long time so they know me as a person. A way to keep creativity going is not to shut down any ideas, whether or not it’s a good idea. When we get into the studio and [with] all the ideas flowing, it is important to not be like oh that’s a bad idea don’t do it. We can always erase it later but it’s important to let everything flow and let the song bloom. Don’t think too much about the end product, just go with it.”
On the pressures in the music industry: “I can see how it’s easy to feel the pressures, they are around all the time but I’m a very confident person and I’ve been making my music for years and I know exactly what I want to hear and how I want to portray it so no matter who’s putting pressure on me, its not going to affect me.”
On her proudest moment: “I’m a huge fan of comics. I’ve been a huge fan of comics for a long time. A few years ago I had to make a bio when my EP came out and I thought I was going to make a comic bio because it was going to be that much more descriptive of who I am. I illustrated a 10 page comic about my story in a sci-fi way and people understood me that much more. It was a big hit. My record label in the states hooked me up with Tomm Coker from marvel comics to talk about expanding the comic to a more serious series. Of all the things I have achieved in my career that’s one of the thing I’m most proud of.”
On Skate4Cancer: “Aside from the fact that its Toronto based and Robs a friend of mine and he is so passionate about what he does. I wanted to get involved because of the way he conveys his cause.”
On her favorite song:“’Quiet’. It’s a love song. It’s really easy to lose yourself when you are playing it on stage and I really enjoy that. ‘February Air’ and ‘Drive My Soul’ because everybody kind of knows them.”
On the downside of being on the road: “It’s pretty exhausting. We’re in a van, were doing long drives, sound check, then you drive a little bit and you do it all over again [while] getting five hours of sleep. It is exhausting but it is really rewarding. It is hard to stay in contact with people you love. I love being on tour, it is amazing, it is life for me.”