On a beautiful Saturday afternoon at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants Peso’s Mexican Cantina, I was able to meet with the very eccentric Londyn Lyná. Meeting her I was able to see the fun loving spirit within her; I even got her to do her British accent!! This 24 year old artist representing Atlanta, GA is the most down to earth person that you will ever meet. Not only does she sing but she also plays the piano and clarinet. Her background in music is derived from a spiritual one, she is also inspired and reflective of Erykah Badu, Amy Winehouse, Sade, Ella Fitzgerald, and Count Basie just to name a few. “I love composer and pianist Richard Smallwood, I like a lot of old jazz. I make classical music with a contemporary sound.” When I asked Ms. Lyná what type of people she surrounds herself with she responded, “I surround myself with people like myself. I realize all of my friends that I hang around talk about music all day. All we do is music and that’s all that matters.”
Blondie’s Lipstick: Where did the name Londyn Lyná come from?
Londyn Lyná: Lyná is my middle name; Londyn comes from the fact that a lot of times I play around with a British accent. I also have a lot of family that live in London.
BL What do you think makes you different from other artists on the rise today?
LL I have my own unique sound. It’s not really one person that you can say I sound like. One of my songs might remind you of someone but you can’t say that I remind you of someone.
BL What gets you into your creative zone?
LL Most of the time if I’m just by myself, I have to be in a type of zone where I’m not really doing anything and the words just come. I listen to a beat and the words just come to me. Sometimes I’m with the people I create music with and we collectively as a team come up with something great. It’s always a collaborative effort. It’s not a particular zone…it’s just what I do and what I’ve always done. If I’m not in the mood to write or do a song it’s just something that can’t be forced; most of the time I’m in the mood to do music though.
BL What song do you feel best describes your style and why?
LL “Thrill of The Chase”, because at that point in my life I was really trying to figure out what my style was. Working with producers, they kind of help me develop my craft and my sound. The producers made the beat and we wrote the song together. It’s catchy and people can relate to it.
BL What do you want listeners to take from your music?
LL I want people to feel inspired by my music. The beat, the melody, and the lyrics are important. I want my listeners to grasp the entire project, not just how good the bass is knocking. It’s just not one thing that makes up a song. My songs reflect my personal experiences and I want people to know that they’re not alone; we’re all more alike than we think.
BL Where do you want or plan to go with your music as you expand?
LL I think the American market is very vague and more of a money making market. I feel like overseas they’re more about talent and they know their artists. I’m trying to come out overseas because I feel like they will appreciate my music faster. I’ll market myself in places like Italy, Amsterdam, or Switzerland and build my fan base in order to cross over in America.
BL How have life experiences made an impression on your music and yourself as an artist?
LL Well one of the platforms that I show case deals with adoption and I’ve been adopted before. I’m aware of the whole adoption process and how stressing and tedious it can be. I figure I could talk about my life experiences through my music. I want people to think about what I’m trying to say rather than what’s just on paper.
BL Do you feel that it’s hard being a female in this industry?
LL Yes, because some females aren’t consistent in the industry. Some men tell me this is what I need to do in order to progress and I’m not about that. I demand respect and I’ll never sell out.
“You have to be humble enough to appreciate the ideas of others especially when the idea may be better than your own.”
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