I have vivid soundtracks for special moments since I was a little girl: dancing to my grandpa’s record collection, singing in family gatherings (…)Lyonne, songwriter
Lyonne moved from Argentina to Denmark to follow a dream: to be an international musician, travel the world and touch people’s lives.
Influenced by musicians such as Joni Mitchel, Tori Amos, Sheryl Crow and Sting, Lyonne is a singer/songwriter original from Buenos Aires who courageously moved to Copenhagen to move her career further as an international musician.
Lyonne has dedicated herself to music since an early age and, thanks to her hard work mixed with a melodic voice and wandering spirit, she was mentored by Jorge López Ruiz, a veteran bass player who worked with music legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Astor Piazzolla and Louis Armstrong, to produce her debut EP No Intro, released in 2015.
Her new single, Rain of May, is being released today (November 1st) and I’m very pleased to host here on the blog an interview with Lyonne about it. Her new single talks about an internal experience that I’m sure it’s familiar to many of us – the feeling of having to close the door to something or someone that is no longer part of our current reality in order to make a bold move into a new life chapter which, although unknown, we feel to be the next best course of action for us.
Please grab a nice cup of tea or coffee and join us in this wonderful and heart-warming conversation in the comment section.
Lyonne, you are a singer and songwriter from Argentina, now working in Copenhagen on your music, and about to release a new single. Before you tell us a bit more about what music means to you, could you please tell us more about you? What drives you in life and what keeps you busy beyond music?
I’m a pretty curious person. I like discovering new things and finding new interests, and I try to dive deep into them. Besides music, I like to read books and watch movies. Around ten years ago, while I was still living in Argentina, and after watching a lot of Swedish and Danish movies, I thought that it would be a great idea to connect my fellow Argentinians to that kind of movies, and I created the Scandinavian Film Festival in Buenos Aires, that ran for 4 editions. It was a great event and the objective was more than fulfilled: a growing audience, year after year, got closer to the Nordic film culture, and grew fond of it. I also enjoy reading, and I find it very inspiring to get caught in wonderful stories. Sometimes, part of those narrations become songs, like Catcher, which I wrote based upon my favourite book: The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, or Sunset Park, a song I wrote in homage to Paul Auster’s homonymous novel. On a more down-to-earth approach to your question, I’m a mom of two, so I’m always busy J
regard to what music means to me, I cannot imagine my days without it. Music
has always been present in my life. I have vivid soundtracks for special
moments since I was a little girl: dancing to my grandpa’s record collection,
singing in family gatherings, etc. When I was a child, I took piano and
keyboard lessons. When I was 13, I switched to guitar, and I was swept away. I guess
I always had a particular interest in singing, and I found on the guitar my
perfect companion. It took me a while to start writing my own tunes, and there
was a first batch that I didn’t feel represented who I really was. But at some
point, they became mature enough and I started feeling proud of them, and
started to gain recognition, validation as a songwriter. So even if I don’t
play guitar every single day, I find myself singing, humming or thinking music
not only when I’m awake, but also sometimes when I sleep.
I listened to your new single, Rain of May, coming out on November 1st, and I really enjoyed your style and musical influences from the late 90s. Could you tell us more about the artists who have inspired your own career in music and where do you see yourself in the future?
Releasing a song is a very anticipated and happy moment, and I’m always glad to hear what people relate the song to, and how they make it their own. Musically, the 90’s were an amazing source of inspiration for me. Many of my favourite albums were released in that decade (I’ll go ahead and give away a hint of my answer by saying that Sting’s Ten Summoner’s Tales was released in 1993). I do have memories of listening and liking albums from the 80’s, of course, although I find that somehow, a lot of those records have a very decade-recognizable sound to them, that makes them “so 80’s”, and I usually like music that is timeless, never mind the decade it was made. I grew up listening to The Beatles, and, as most musicians my age would say, I can’t help but thinking they were my first influence. They were totally timeless. I enjoy listening to a wide variety of music, from Gershwin’s classics to K.D. Lang or Joni Mitchell. The other day I was listening to Coldplay’s first record, once again, and I was reminded of how much I listened to this particular album. I think it highly influenced my way of writing and the search for particular sounds. But I recognize one of my most profound influences in Sting, as I hinted before. I was introduced to his music in ’93 and I was haunted. Something in his voice, the complexities in writing and the different “layers”, yet the honesty of his song writing is something I deeply admire.
I’ve established myself in Denmark recently, and I see it as a perfect opportunity for presenting my music to the local and European audiences, which makes me very excited. I enjoy performing live and making musical magic happen. I also enjoy reaching new audiences online, as it’s an endless possibility to touch people’s lives, no matter where they are located. So back to your question of where I see myself in the future, I see myself with a base here in Copenhagen, traveling and bringing my live shows to other places in the globe, recording more music, exploring and having fun. Hopefully more and more people will join my quest.
Your new single talks about an emotional experience that, although familiar to me, I can’t name exactly, which is one of the reasons why I love music – it opens doors that sometimes we don’t really want to go in consciously. Could you tell us what does your new single represent to you and how self-expression through music may impact people’s wellbeing?
I usually turn to song writing when I sense there are emotions that need to come out. It is a gut feeling. It’s paying attention to how I’m feeling. Most of the times, I cannot name these emotions precisely, but I know they are there. Other times, there’s a particular trigger or subject that I know is affecting me and I go deeper to try to understand it better, and again, let it come out. For the specific case of Rain of May, I wrote it at a particular time, when I decided to leave Buenos Aires and find a new home in Copenhagen. I was a turmoil of emotions: it was a very happy decision but at the same time I was confronted with having to deal with some kind of loss, if you will. Having to say goodbye to people and places, and a chapter of my life. The lyrics revolve around the fear of losing what you once thought you had; it could be a bond with someone special, a place, anything. It is a song about fear and loss, and that was one of the sides of the emotions I had when I left my hometown. I guess my next single should be about the other side of the spectrum, and the happiness around new experiences while building a new home.
For me, song writing is sometimes a therapeutic process, that allows me to heal, share, and ultimately, connect my deepest emotions to those of the listener’s. It’s as magical as it gets.
Listen to Lyonne’s new song here.