Lapland is the new moniker for the music of Josh Mease. Based in Brooklyn, this Houston-born singer-songwriter released his debut self-titled album in April. Read our new interview with the artist as we discuss touring the UK, inspirations of nature, why his high school nickname was “white chocolate”, and the new album.
AMBY: Hello Lapland, welcome to our site! Please introduce yourself to our readers.
Lapland: Hi from Brooklyn – I’m Josh Mease from the band Lapland .
AMBY: You recently released your debut album Lapland . What was one of the best moments you had while recording the album?
Lapland: I think when I was close to the end, and I started sharing my rough mixes with people. It was great to finally get some positive feedback after being stuck in the vacuum working for so long.
AMBY: What’s the significance behind the name and album title Lapland ?
Lapland: There’s nothing really significant behind the name. I was looking for a band name that was easy to say and spell that seemed neutral enough to allow the music to be enjoyed without any preconception. Availability was also a big factor. Almost every band name you can think of seems to be taken. Lapland was available, and I liked it. I figured I’d make the album self-titled to help out with building up name recognition.
AMBY: I like all of the nature shots on the album artwork, your website, and Facebook cover photos. Does nature in any way have an influence on your songwriting?
Lapland: Thanks. I think it does to a certain extent. Like many songwriters, my surroundings or the longing for different surroundings effects what I write. Sometimes picturing an imaginary landscape will spur me on to write something I wouldn’t normally write. I suppose I like the idea of nature more than I actually like being immersed in nature. I’m a bit skittish about bugs, snakes, etc.
AMBY: This month you embarked on a UK Tour. What are you most looking forward to?
Lapland: I’ve never been to the UK at all and I’ve also never had the chance to play my original music abroad, so I’m curious to see what kind of reaction I get.
AMBY: What is one of your most memorable show experiences?
Lapland: I don’t really have one crazy experience that comes to mind. I’ve had random people leap on stage with me and try to start singing my songs with me. I’m not a big fan of that.
AMBY: You are allowed to say one sentence, which will reach the whole world. What would you say?
Lapland: I’d much rather play a clip of Lapland’s music than say a sentence. I guess I could say something to promote my music, but that seems inappropriate. What with all the terrible stuff that goes on in the world day to day. Perhaps something like, “Accept everyone as they are, and stop killing each other.”
AMBY: If you could spin only one more record for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Lapland: No matter how much I like a record, I think having to listen to it for the rest of my life would be torture. If I modified the question to “what’s your favorite record?”, I’d still have a hard time picking one favorite. OK, I’ll stop being difficult – Maybe something like Nilsson Sings Newman or David Byrne’s Tom Ze compilation.
AMBY: Lastly, tell us something about Lapland that nobody knows yet.
Lapland: One of my nicknames in high school was “white chocolate” because I could play funky stuff on guitar with ease.
Thank you Lapland, for giving us your answers!
Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout