Interview with Lily Kaplan

Armed with a message that hardship and heartbreak can build character and strength, Lily Kaplan is the inspiring artist you need in your life right now. Written after going through heartache, ‘Just Friends’ hears Lily process those emotions and clearly states she uses music as a form of escapism. Heavily influenced by a diverse range of artists from Radiohead, Otis Redding to Eloise and Melanie Faye, Lily’s music is hard to pin point to one specific style.

What made you decide that music is the right path for you?

Music is the thing I love most in the world and there is nothing else I could ever picture myself doing. There is no rush like the one I get from being in the studio and performing. It has just always been like this for me, it just wasn’t until I grew confident in my music that I decided to pursue a career in music.  

What’s your writing process like? Do you write the music or lyrics first?

Nine times out of ten I will start with a chord progression that I have written on the guitar. Once I have that, I pull out my voice memos app and start recording every idea that I have. I don’t think about lyrics, I just sing whatever lyrics come to me. Once I find the melody that I want I fine tune it and start thinking about my lyrics. Oftentimes Lyrics take ten minutes to write because they usually just flow effortlessly.  

What’s in store for you for the rest of the year?

I’m in the process of recording some new music and am super excited to share it. I should be playing a few shows as well. As of right now I have a show January 20th opening for Mustard Service at the Normandy Fountain on Miami Beach so that should be fun. The goal for me right now is to keep writing and putting out songs. 

If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?

I would love to work with Melanie Faye, I feel like we would have a ton of fun working together. She is an incredible musician and I feel like we could write something super cool. 

Do you prefer performing live or recording, and why?

Honestly both, recording is a really intimate process and something that I love doing. Seeing my ideas come to life is an extremely rewarding and emotional process. Playing live is more of a rush, the energy of the crowd fuels me and I never want the show to end. I love doing both. It’s really hard to choose one or the other. 

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