Interview with Lutfia

Lutfia is a 20-year-old BIMM student and pop singer-songwriter from London. Her music has been described as ‘arena-favourites’ that ‘can resonate with multicultural audiences’. Lutfia started writing songs at the age of 14 and has not stopped since. She released her debut single ‘Last Night’ in August 2020, a song which she wrote alone. Lutfia writes all her songs on the piano, mixing inventive chord progressions with story-telling lyrics. Her aim as a songwriter is to incorporate different genres and styles into her work, creating a different world for each composition. Lutfia has a variety of different influences including Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Michael Jackson and Pink Floyd.

Tell MoggBlog viewers about your latest release

‘So Much For Summer’ is my debut EP and in terms of what inspired it, I really wanted to make a project that represented all the different facets of who I am as a person but also as an artist. I wanted each song to be different and have its own world and represent a different aspect of who I am which is why its quite eclectic musically, as it’s showing all the different facets of me as an artist and what I strive towards as an artist. It covers quite a wide range of topics as well, showing all of my sides in terms of personality, and I wanted to be really sincere.

Who would you say are your main influences?

My top influences are Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato and Lana Del Rey. Jackson is an influence musically mostly. I feel like his whole artistry is something I’ve been very captivated by and even though I’m not making 70s, 80s pop there is definitely an influence there in terms of the chord progressions I choose and some of what I write has similar vibes I think. Aguilera and Lovato are big influences vocally. Particular Christina – I grew up listening to her and I feel like her influence definitely comes across in her vocal style and my vocal technique. Same with Demi. Lana del Rey is very much an influence lyrically and musically to some extent. I think she just has a way of telling stories with her lyrics which I’ve always loved.

What’s the best advice you’d give to your younger self?

Don’t worry so much! When I was a teenager I used to be very anxious of everything going on, and I’d just tell myself that the stuff that feels overwhelming now won’t be such a big deal in a few years. And I’d also tell myself to keep practicing my piano and singing and not get discouraged, and really to focus on what I’m passionate about.

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

I guess it sounds kind of cheesy but there was always something about music that felt like it completed me in a certain sense. It’s always been a way to express my emotions too of course. Also the skill, craft and handwork that are required to be a musician, a songwriter and a singer was always something I liked to do because I felt like I could just be completely consumed by new music and be completely into it and in the zone of it. When I was writing songs as a teenager it would just completely captivate me to the point where I could just be writing at the piano and not think of anything else. Music was just something that felt like it completed me in some sense, and I felt like I could acquire a skill but also express myself. To be able to do both of those is amazing.

Do you prefer recording live or performing and why?

I really love both to be honest. I love the energy and excitement that comes with performing live. But I would have to say that I prefer being in the studio because that’s where I feel most comfortable I think. There’s nothing like being in the booth and being completely concentrated on trying to get the perfect take and being able to sing something over and over until it’s perfect. As much as I love performing, there’s less anxiety around being in the studio, and I just love seeing a song come to live in the studio. That’s what I love doing most.

 

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