We had the chance to chat with LA-based Aussie girl, Lili Kendall who just dropped her killer new single Lifetime, you can listen to here. Read on to learn more about Lili, her musical influences, and what she has planned for 2018!
We know that you have just released your new single called ‘Lifetime’ that came out on December 1st. What was it like for you writing this song? What was the creative process/inspiration behind it?
It was produced by my good friend Dean (Deaneaux) Beresford, I wrote it when I first moved to LA in June. The song is about the chase that you and someone are on at the start of a relationship. The back and forth, and lust/want of each other. It’s also about being ride or die for that one person because you know that you have been lovers in previous lifetimes, and it is something worth fighting for.
What was the transition like for you from moving from Australia to Los Angeles? Did you move there to advance your career in music or was it a city you’ve always wanted to live in?
It still feels new for me, I definitely moved here for my music. LA is full of so many different individuals, I feel like there is more room to move, less boxes to be put in. Since moving here, and surrounding myself with so many other boss ass women in the music industry, I’ve definitely felt more able to grow and develop as a human and artist in my own direction. BUT, it is also a lot bigger pond, so if you aren’t prepared to work 3x harder than you originally thought you had to, you will be drowned out, because there are millions of singers and writers here and they are all constantly on their hustle.
Now that you’re living in LA, what do you find yourself doing in your spare time?
I still feel like a newbie foreigner, so I spend a lot of my spare time driving somewhere new, seeing more of California. I try to get out of LA when I can.
How has your music evolved since you first started singing and songwriting?
I started writing at about 12, just me and my guitar, super basic. Then when I got a little older, I started working with producers and writers, they were all a lot older than me. I think when you are 15-17 you are super susceptible to others influence and just want to fit into the box they give to you. So my music was heavily influenced by who I worked with. Now I have found a voice, trust in myself as a writer and vocalist and a new passion for music and my art. Right now my process is sitting with my producer while he makes the track, and just trying to write from the most honest place, I want each song to be a perspective of my mind in that present moment of writing it.
Who is your biggest musical inspiration? Who do you have a lot of respect for?
I have a lot of musical influences. Forever and always influenced by Amy Winehouse, Solange, Ms Lauryn Hill, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Etta James, Frank Ocean. Currently I’m super inspired by Jesse Reyez, SZA, Sabrina Claudio, EARTHGANG, Miguel, Nick Hackim, Raury. I’d say right now my most played album is probably Scum Fuck Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator. I really admire and respect any artist that trusts themselves enough to push the boundaries and are focused on exceeding their own expectations as a creative, because that’s where the magic comes from.
What is one song that never gets old for you, no matter how many times you hear it?
American Boy – Estelle
What are your future plans for 2018?
Releasing more music, creating new music, putting together a band and playing shows, growing as a human and artist. I don’t have any expectations at this point.