Q&A: LP on her forthcoming record, songwriting and wedding bells
It took LP only six record label deals to find to find a label that believed in her musical vision wholeheartedly. She had her breakout hits “Lost On You” and “Muddy Waters” in the can for her previous label. Executives listened to them and promptly dropped her.
LP, born Laura Pergolizzi, didn’t give up. While she kept on writing, something that she’d learned from more than a decade as a hit songwriter for the likes of Rihanna, Christina Aguilera and Rita Ora, she still believed in those tracks, which got her a label deal with Vagrant. In 2015, the independent label released the New Yorker’s songs in Europe, starting a snowball that would reach right back to the U.S.
The bluesy artist’s unique vocal timbre, equally able to muster a powerful vibrato and a Cinderella-esque whistle, pulling from pop and Bob Dylan’s nasally delivery, struck a particular chord with “Lost On You,” a song about the dissolution of a relationship with her girlfriend. The song went on to top the charts in more than a dozen countries, starting in Greece.
LP has stayed busy touring and songwriting, and last month released the first single off her forthcoming fifth record, which she said will be released in January. “Girls Go Wild” was produced by Mike Del Rio, who has worked with X Ambassadors and Kylie Minogue recently. The song has what LP described as a “chill” West Coast vibe, while the record will delve both into her personal life and tell others’ stories, she said.
“I’m [a] very full range of emotion kind of person. It’s going to be my normal pendulum swing of back and forth between happy, sad, celebratory, dismal,” she said. “I’m a very emotional person, so the record will be emotional.” (LP photographed at Outside Lands Music Festival at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on Aug. 12, 2018. Photo: Chloe Catajan.)
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