LOLAHIKO Interview

lolYour opening track “Funeral” has quite the daunting lyrics, how did the lyrics come to be penned?
This was one of those songs that I wrote and listened back to and was more or less like “what the fuck?” I wasn’t quite sure where it came from at first. I mean, I obviously think and talk about death a lot. I find that talking about death makes living life completely different. There’s a peace in it. Death will come, for all of us. We will die. I think about my own death, my own funeral. Sometimes it seems closer than it should. Sometimes I feel weaker than I should. In a way, the song is just pieces of this visual and these feelings.
Though death itself does not make me uncomfortable, I went to many funerals, very unfortunately, these past few years and found myself strangely uncomfortable. It was odd watching people make the death of someone else more about them…and their sadness. Myself included. Of course, I have the utmost respect for the whole process…but I guess this song was also sort of my anthem to the “let them rest in peace, what’s done is done, stop drowning in it” mentality. Easier said/sung than done. I’d most likely unravel if certain people in my life died. Don’t tell anyone.
In the song, I also call back to the rumors that can travel after someone (especially a sensitive or “unstable” individual) dies. Everyone seems so interested in the story, the gossip. To that I say, shut up – let people go in peace – it isn’t about you – go on living your life until your moment of death comes.

Your debut Ep titled The Year We Died But Stayed Alive was just released almost a month ago now. Has the album lived up to any of your expectations that being if you had any so far?
Oh, I don’t know what expectations we had. Of course there’s the hope that a song or all of the songs will go “viral” and millions of ears will listen, understand, and feel something…but I can genuinely say that the people who have listened are more than enough for us. We have developed deep relationships with so many people and connected in more ways with more souls than we ever imagined. Before releasing, we had received some feedback along the lines of – “But who is your audience? This is so depressing. Who would listen to this? It’s so dark.” Well, we have definitely found and are continuing to find that audience – that wants, and even needs, what we are creating.

How did Lolahiko come to be and especially joining synth forces and creating such a gloomy but pop atmospheric sound?
The night we met (well, really met, for the second time), we were quickly connected by our heaviness. We were surrounded by loud, cheery types and I could tell we were both deep, deep, deep in our heads somewhere. When we later shared our music with each other, we knew right away that my words and his sounds were destined to marry each other. So we did, and made our baby, “Lolahiko.”

Do you feel that there is still an inspiration and experimental aspect within your songs and writing process?
Absolutely. Almost every song we have created happens completely in the moment, without too much thinking. Words and sounds flow out and we almost never go back to change initial lyrics or sounds after that first take. We add and take away, but the core remains the same. It’s almost as if we’re hypnotized during the creation process and when we go back to tweak sounds and rerecord vocals, we almost forget where the song came from.

How does the live sound of The Year We Died But Stayed Alive work into comparison with the recorded version?
We play it all electronically, so the sounds are very similar. However, we do a large amount of improving (Ike on synths and drum machines and me on vocals). I tend to sing a bit higher when I am in the moment and emoting. Harmonizing together live is…uh…mmm…so good.

Where do you see your debut Ep taking you guys?
We hope that the EP continues to spread and we can continue to build relationships with listeners who ‘get us’ and want more.
We are working on a new album right now, “Year Two” so to speak, and are excited to share it when the time comes.

Where can people pick up a copy of The Year We Died But Stayed Alive?
You can listen to the EP on Spotify, iTunes, and Soundcloud. We also might press some vinyls this December. Why not add a sweet morbid tone to your holiday gift giving, right?