Lilla Vargen is an up and coming singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland and I have featured several of her tracks on the New Music Monday show on Nerve Radio in the past.
She has a wonderful voice and is certainly an artist to watch out for in the future, already making waves in the industry having twice been featured on the New Music Friday playlist on Spotify and on the Majestic Casual YouTube channel.
I had the pleasure of speaking to Lilla to discuss the release of her debut EP, the response she’s received, her musical inspirations and her plans for her music career moving forward.
Tell me a bit about your background and how you first got into music?
I first got into music when I was really young. I was sent to piano lessons but I didn’t really like them that much, so I stopped and learned to play by ear. My family were very musical as well so I grew up in that environment and that’s how I got into music really.
Who were your musical inspirations growing up?
Mum and Dad both like Roy Orbison and The Beatles. I know everyone says The Beatles but I do really love them! So I listened to a lot of older music but then there was my brother as well who also influenced my taste. I was the youngest in the family so I copied everyone as he liked the Red Hot Chill Peppers, so I liked the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and loads of different inspirations from Whitney Houston to the Arctic Monkeys. It just depended because everyone had such different tastes in music.
The first track you released was This Is Love two years ago, what inspired you to write that track?
First, I can‘t believe that was two years ago! It was about a relationship that wasn’t that great and I was trying to portray how exhausted I was with it. I was thinking this is love, is it really?
After the release of that track we had to wait two years to hear more music from you, what was the reason behind that?
When I released that track I’d thrown myself into the deep end a bit because I hadn’t prepared myself for performing live or continually writing things. I needed time to get myself ready for that and get the material under my belt and to get rid of the anxiety that comes from performing live. I’ve done that now and I’m far more ready than I was two years ago.
You’ve recently released your debut EP titled Hold On. Talks us through each of the tracks, what inspired you to write them?
I wrote this track two years ago but I’ve changed it a bit since then as it had just been sitting there for awhile. It didn’t take long to write it but with the time I had it gave me time to refine it. It’s a track about people who are in a relationship that perhaps they shouldn’t be in. It’s a song which discusses being cautious with love, don’t get lost in it because you can then lose sight of yourself.
The thing about this track is that people who listen to it probably think that it’s about me but this is about a really close friend of mine. It was only a couple of weeks ago that she found out that it was about her!
The One Who Truly Loves Me
Again, it’s a song about relationships but this one is more about the fact that you can depend on some people no matter what happens. So my friends and family will always be there and I think sometimes you can get so upset about things but you have to step back and think this is just one thing that has happened here, with just one person out of billions.
This is a cover of the song by Majical Cloudz. I think it’s nice to mix up my EP by including a track which a lot of people maybe aren’t familiar with. I would say that a lot of people do know this song and the band, who aren’t together anymore but it’s a great track. I just thought it would be nice to put that song in there as something different to the other two tracks. I’ve used this track as a branch for what’s coming next after this EP in a way, so, we went for it and recorded it and decided to put it in to spice things up a bit!
Now you have released your first EP what are your plans now, are you working on an album?
I’m just focusing on writing as much as I can right now. I’m not really thinking about an album right now, I think I’ll possibly do another EP and focus on that. I think that’s a nice way to do it, to give everyone a snippet of material each time.
Have you been surprised by the response you’ve received for your music and your EP?
I’ve been so, so pleased and surprised yeah! I didn’t really think that anyone was going to listen because I get so anxious about things. When you hear that people are listening and are liking it it’s just the best feeling ever! To get the feedback I’ve gotten I’m really surprised because you never know an don’t want to overthink things and set yourself thinking that all these great things are going to happen and then they don’t. So I take it as it comes and it seems to be doing really well so I’m happy!
You can listen to an extended version of this interview as well as hear five of Lilla’s track by listening back to the New Music Monday Special show on the Nerve Radio Mixcloud here.