INTERVIEW: LAKYN IS HEADING WEST AND HITTING THE GRACE EMILY

Singer-songwriter, Lakyn, is keeping things busy right now, with new single ‘West’, a nationwide tour with Vera Blue and announcing a run of headline dates that bring him to the Grace Emily in Adelaide on Wednesday 25th October.

“It’s been amazing,” he says. “The last two months now, every week it’s been a few new shows and different places, different faces. Everyone on this tour is amazing. We just created this family vibe. Everyone is there for each other. It’s exciting. I go around the country, eat good food, and play music.”

Carving out a career over the past few years, Lakyn sees how his music has evolved.

“Back when I was about 19 or so, I remember not really knowing who I was or what I wanted to do, but knowing what artists I like. I remember back then it was kind of like, ‘Okay, I’ll just try to sound like the people that I love.’ That’s what I did,  just taking information from absolutely everywhere. I come from Led Zeppelin and The Beatles, I grew up with all that, and that’s where I think music was best. And now I’m trying to see what music we can make in the future.”

“It’s definitely been a long five years, but when these new things come out, it feels like the beginning. I feel like I’m myself. There were definitely times where I didn’t believe in myself or I didn’t like what I was doing. I wasn’t sure how I would get to where I’m at now, but with persistence and just knowing I had something that I wanted to share, to do some good with music.”

It was a skateboarding accident, however, that opened the door to Lakyn’s music career, when he found himself with extra time on his hands.

Lakyn_-_West_ART.jpg“I was skateboarding since I was about eight, it was a huge part of my life. It taught me so much about how to learn, because when you’re skateboarding, you trip or you fall and you get back up. When you hit the ground, just keep going. That taught me a lot, and I could kind of use that with my music. Just keep going and don’t stop. Then I had about nine months off skateboarding, and I needed something to learn.”

While Lakyn’s early career was built on covers, his own music has now developed with a prolific output of late, reflected in his live show.

“The set is mostly originals. I probably play like one cover in the show. I used to play a lot of covers with the originals at shows, but I was just like testing the originals. There were so many songs that just went through the works that I loved playing at the time, but those are the songs that helped me get to where I am now.”

Lakyn has been hard at work preparing for this tour and enjoying every minute of it.

“I’ve been working on this show with my drummer for the past five months, so it’s a duo at the moment. Just kind of playing loud, it’s just fun. I had this song, the singles and the EP pretty much ready earlier this year, and when I was in the studio I was trying to think how I had to make music in the studio that’s going to be able to play it live.”

Lakyn also enjoyed the process of making the music video for ‘West’.

“I’ve got a music video coming out. I’ve been working on this a couple of months. I’m so excited about it: the Hollywood vibes, the cameras, a Ford Mustang and some other crazy stuff.”

So what’s next?

“It’s been such an amazing year, I’m trying to still get the most out of this year, but come January, I’m looking at making plans. I’m already writing, not really full songs, but I’m writing bits and pieces of something in my mind. I’ll just write it down and generally leave it there and come back and check it out. I am really keen to record real soon and make an album.”

Check out Lakyn’s video for ‘West’:

Lakyn plays the Grace Emily, 25th October, with tickets and information available here.

Written by Matthew Trainor

Photos supplied

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