LILHUDDY Artist Friendly interview | Alternative press
In September, LILHUDDY released their first album, teenage grief, consisting of singles such as “21st Century Vampire” and the collaborative track “Don’t Freak Out” with Travis Barker, Ian dior and Tyson ritter.
Read more: LILHUDDY started on social media and hit the main stage
In the latest edition of Sympathetic for artists, Joel madden talks with the rising artist about her musical journey and discusses reviews relating to her close connection to social media. They also discussed her recent digital cover interview, where the young star spoke about her astounding success.
Read a preview of the interview and watch the full video here or below.
How did the filming of the AP go?
The Alternative Press shoot was really cool. There was a bunch of really sick clothes, and then I brought a bit of a combination of my jewelry [and] my shoes. It reminded me of that ’90s skateboarder aesthetic that I really fuck with. I wear a lot of really crazy stuff and accessories, but I also like to relax and wear t-shirts from breakout and horror movies or whatever. [The shoot] had a lot of that sort of thing, which I thought was cool!
It’s cool that you do that, and that’s exactly what we were doing back then. When we had photoshoots we were just throwing all this shit together. When did things start to explode and get a little crazy?
Well I would say probably a year and a half [ago] because the first person in the music industry that I met was at Interscope. I had never been to a studio in my life or met anyone in the music industry. I just walked in there, almost like a blind date. My manager just said to me, âI’m going to bring you here, where you’re going to meet this person, and then you are going to tell them your vision. They just believed in it, and it was like, “OK, I’ll give you that much time.” Go to the studio, have fun and report back to me. So I started making a bunch of music, and then they were like, “Holy shit, I think you should go on!” I really want to make an album for this kid.
Then, just like that, I got signed to Interscope. I had a concept album I was working on, and I really got into it, head first. We wrote half of the record in a week and a half. The first four singles I releasedânot including “Do not panic“-“America’s sweetheart, “21st century vampire” and “Praise you and me” [I wrote] in [a] three consecutive days. The single that was going to be [the] fourth, but is now the fifth, is “Crash part. âI wrote this back to back. We were going right after that, knocking out the songs. I had been in the studio for maybe two months, and it was like kind of night and day. The first two songs were like, âI don’t really know yet.â I had to make my own way, but I was driving for that and I really wanted to do everything. I made my first album in probably three months.
It’s awesome. That’s the way it should be, because when it’s good it’s okay. As long as you like it, it’s still the compass. I think you’re going to be there for a very long time. Especially now, [the music scene] there are people, but it’s always the same. You just have this feeling, and you probably have this feeling about yourself. You have to, right?
I really believe in myself. I have such a love and passion for [music] and already likes to plan things down the line. I planned [on] been making music since I came to LA, and I didn’t know anyone. It took me two years to meet a person [in the music industry].
It’s so hard, isn’t it?
Yeah, I was like, “Are these people hiding? Where are they? Where did they go?”
LA is weird because there is a surface level where you can go out and meet people. When you go below that and meet the real people who live, work and build lives here, it starts to unfold. You are really starting to have a life here, where you have people and resources around you. So what’s the hardest part?
I did social media before jumping to music. A lot of people look at me like, âOK he’s cool, but if he really wants to stay he really has to prove himself. We’re going to make it harder for him because he hasn’t started as a musician today. Already from the start, people have this strangest [attitude] around me. [People are] like, âOh, I don’t know. He made social networks. People give me more trouble with collaborations and are going to be weird.