Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ LYON

LYONTomorrow, Toronto’s indietronic music-makers LYON release their debut EP Indian Summer. LYON’s single Indian Summer is the just a taste of how the EP shimmers with floating synths and pop melodies. With the EP coming out tomorrow, we thought what better way to celebrate than to share our interview! Have a read as AMBY spoke to Lauren Lyon about whistling, her summer playlist, and other band names she considered.

AMBY: Hello Lauren, what have you been up to lately?

LYON: Hey!  I’ve been keeping busy, getting ready to launch my new EP! The summer is flying by.  I recently filmed a music video for Indian Summer, a cover video (Nothing Compares 2 U), and some other snapshot videos for YouTube. I’m always writing, but while the summer is here, I’ve been enjoying a patio or two and soaking up some sunshine.

AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?

LYON: Electronic Indie Pop with a human soul.

AMBY: Your EP Indian Summer will be released on August 20th.Which songs are your favourite off the EP?

LYON: I think the title track, Indian Summer, is my fav.  I also feel really attached to Lullaby, because it’s the first song I wrote when I started this new project.  It was the stepping stone in my life. I began to write about the heartache I was feeling, in a raw and honest way.

AMBY: Lullaby off of Indian Summer is a lovely song. What inspired the song?

LYON: It was the hardest and easiest song to write. I was dealing with a dramatic change in my life. All in a matter of months everyone in my previous band moved away, and a long term relationship ended very suddenly.  I moved to the city.  I felt pretty lost and I really wasn’t sure what my next move was going to be.  I didn’t write for a few months.  All this emotion and confusion was just building up for a long time, and then when I finally sat down to try to get it out, the lyrics and melody pretty much flowed onto my lap.  I’m basically reading you my diary.

AMBY: We know the name Lyon comes from your last name. But had you considered any other names for the band? (We do like Lyon as the final choice by the way!)

LYON: Haha, thank you.  I struggled with the name change for quite a long time.  I briefly considered Lolo and the Teardrops (which now makes me cringe, so please don’t tell anyone)… I was at a party last summer with a ton of artists, and this girl that I didn’t know was talking to me about stage names, and she looked down at my name and casually said, ‘why don’t you just call yourself Lauren Lyon?’  It was shocking to me how easily she thought of it, and how it immediately felt right.  I ended up shortening it to LYON in the end, but I’m really happy with it.

AMBY: Which Lyon lyric is your favourite?

LYON: They say promises are made to be broken

Some things are better when they’re left unspoken

Nobody knows what tomorrow knows

We can’t decide how the river will flow

(from Happy Alone)

AMBY: Has there ever been a song you wish you wrote? If so, which song?

LYON: I’ve always thought Zero by the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s was indie pop perfection.  As for a classic, Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time.

AMBY: Who have you been listening to this summer?

LYON: This list will be a bit long…CHVCHES, Haim, Tegan and Sara, Niki and the Dove, Citizens!, Pomplamoose, Marina and the Diamonds, Rebecca and Fiona, Kavinsky, Oh Land, Charlie XCX, Icona Pop, Ellie Goulding.  Ok, I’ll stop there.

AMBY: What’s the best song of 2013?

LYON: The song I’ve listened to the most is probably Haim – Forever.  I think it may have been released earlier, but it’s been the most played song on my list this year.  Also, Tegan and Sara’s Closer has been listened to a few hundred times.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Lyon that nobody knows yet?

LYON: I can’t whistle.  I’ve tried my whole life.  I just can’t.

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Thank you LYON, for giving us your answers!

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Alicia Atout

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