Finally after what it seemed as if I was never going to be able to see Lolaa perform live I was able to catch your show at Adelaide Hall last Thursday night. Again that was a fantastic set, and a special thank you again for finishing off your set with “Burn” With Lolaa you have stepped away from the alternative and grungier side of ML and moved over to more of a pop and dance sound. I found the bass still has the ML sound and life embedded into each song. How did you decide on the direction of sound for Lolaa?
Nads and I grew up on all kinds of music. For the longest time, we really just wanted to make music without setting any limitations in terms of the direction, and what we could use to create it. The idea was to create the songs we wanted, taking inspiration from latin music, pop music, late 70’s/early 80s, whatever artists we listened to, and music that our parents grew up on. This ranged from Selena, Taste of Honey, Donna Summer, Gloria Estefan, Blondie, Daniela Romo… we just wanted it to be a mash up of everything we loved. We figured we would record what we wanted first and figure out how to perform it later. So to answer your question, there was no decision on the direction, it just happened on its own. Also, a lot of people dont know that Nads actually plays bass before drums. She wrote all the bass lines for ML for 10 years, so theres no way of getting rid of her style. Its at the roots.
As you began writing and creating the songs for Lolaa did you use any of the influential aspects that went into ML or did you draw from a completely new line of influential sounds?
I think the influence of strong female fronted groups is still at the forefront. Thats part of our DNA, and like ML we will always draw from those women that inspired us to pick up instruments and just go for it. In terms of sounds and writing, the process is the still same, except we have Jon in the mix now. Nads and I sit together and write the bare bones, then we take it to Jon who is our silent partner in this project and we just all destroy it, build it, tweak it together to turn it into whatever feels right. Jon has brought in the knowledge on the production end, the technology. With ML we would usually write off of a guitar and a bass, now we use keyboards, digital sounds, etc. The variety has opened up our options within the songwriting.
Promise that was the last ML reference I make
During the beginning stages of the writing process for Lolaa did you have a certain direction or base sound in mind on how you wanted Lolaa to sound?
Not at the beginning, once we started seeing all the influences shape the direction of our writing we just started to milk it because it felt so natural and fun.
I noticed on stage that you were using two different synths on stage, one more sporadically than the main. Is this a sign of experimentation within Lolaa? Later on will there be a more subtle use of the second synth?
The second synth is used for transitional sounds between songs. Im horrible at stage banter, and the silence makes me feel awkward so the ethereal sounds in between songs are the perfect cover up. haha
Being that you are still “starting” out as Lolaa being that you have had the project rolling for a bit of time now and after countless teaser bits on your social pages about recording, at this time are you able to mention or go into further detail on how the recordings went?
The recordings sound amazing. We are in the mixing/mastering stages. Aiming for a spring independent release.
Now that we are coming up to the springtime and summertime which is prime time for festivals and touring in Canada are you planning on taking advantage of the dry pavement and spreading out of Toronto?
Yes, we have our eye on Montreal and New York to start. TBA, however we do have Toronto show announcements coming up soon.
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