Interview: Lindçay Love

Your song, “Venus Retrograde”, is wonderful. What is the story behind the song and how did you create/write it? Also, what inspired the song title?
First of all thank you very much, I’m glad you like the song ! So here’s the story behind Venus Retrograde, one night a couple years ago I went into a bar and met a guy who was really charming and flirty, we had a nice connection but nothing happened, as the next day he was moving to the other side of the country. The encounter left me with a pleasant sensation, mixed with this feeling of powerlessness towards fate when faced with an impossible love. That part was mostly in my head, as I had recently broken up with somebody I loved deeply, and it was also the first day Venus was in retrograde — an astrological phenomenon that happens once every 18 months. Now I’m not going to lecture you about astrology because it would be too long and maybe off subject here, but when a planet is retrograde it kind of pushes you to “re-evaluate” your relationship with things that involve it (Venus’s main themes are love and romance, but also creativity). The song mostly talks about impossible love, but more precisely when there IS love but one must leave the other to find themself, because how can you properly love someone and engage in a relationship if you don’t really know who you are ?

Anyway, I went back home, picked my bass and started with the first line of the song: “I met him on the first day of Venus Retrograde”, and the rest kind of flowed out of me (which is not how it always happens, sometimes it takes way more time and sweat to create a song)

Venus Retrograde is an important song to me, because it is the first one I wrote for what would become my solo project, Lindçay Love.

You also have a double-video for the “Venus Retrograde / Mexico“. How did you create the video, and what ideas were behind it? Does the video deliver a story?
So at first the idea was to create a video for Venus Retrograde with my dear friend Théo, a filmmaker, but between the first time we talked about it and the moment we started to discuss ideas, I went through a long process of being single and healing, and Mexico, which is the last song I wrote for the EP, really conveys this feeling of being at peace, finding myself, supported by these amazing women that I’m lucky to call friends, sisters even. At that point it appeared obvious to me that we had to make a double video to merge the two stories as one, to undertake this journey as a sort of quest.  The video is supposed to complete the songs, to give them more substance and meaning.
We made it with zero budget, a few friends and a lot of passion, and I’m very proud of it, as making it was a journey in itself.

If you had to describe your sound, how would you do so? Furthermore, what artists (or other sources) do you cite as influences?
Ooh, that’s a tough one. I have a such a hard time labelling music in general, but I would say dark folk maybe ? With a bluesy/electric/vintage tone to it…
Regarding influences, I would say definitely Lana Del Rey, Timber Timbre, Leonard Cohen, Patrick Watson…

What have been career highlights so far? And what is on your bucket list that you’d want to achieve?
Before starting Lindçay Love I was in a blues/50’s rock band, The Jerry Khan Bangers and we toured and played a lot for 7 years. We played at Montreux Jazz Festival in 2016 so it might be something we would call a “highlight”, but If I’m being totally honest, to me the best moments were the concerts we played in tiny bars packed with very sweaty people: there’s nothing like that kind of proximity with the audience. I hope someday we can publicly be sweaty together playing or listening to live music..!

As things I’d like to achieve, well I guess I would love to have enough collaborators and financial support to be able to create more videos and to record more music. There are also many artists I’d like to collaborate with, and as much as I don’t fancy being famous, that can’t happen when you’re a nobody.

Last but not least, I would love being able to tour around the world with my music, of course. Not worry about money anymore about whether or not I’ll be able to support myself enough to keep on doing music. Nobody seems to publicly talk about this, but it’s a big concern when you’re a musician. And the times we’re living in are definitely challenging in this aspect. I mean, playing shows is not only the main way for an artist to financially support themselves, it’s also THE place we remember why we do what we do, and that all the struggle is worth it, in the end, because what we experience on stage is comparable to nothing else. It’s precious, it really is.

If you could be the main support for any living artist, who would that be for and why? Alternatively, what would be your dream live booking?
Well I would definitely support all of my  artist friends, for sure. There are so many, so many talented artists all over the world, struggling doing what they do but doing it anyways. I would support all those who stay raw and truthful to their art, those who don’t bend to commercial standards because they refuse to submit to rules they don’t believe in.

What artists have you been listening to? Additionally, who should others be listening to? 
Patrick Watson, Soapkills, Cigarettes After Sex, Tamino, Danit.. Also, everybody should listen to old soul music, Sam Cooke, Marlena Shaw, Esther Philips. And from my country we have Feu! Chatterton and Ceylon that are pretty awesome!

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