LARISHA PAUL: You started playing guitar and writing when you were in your early teens, is that when you decided music would be the definite path you'd be taking?
LP: The Lost in The Light EP, which was your debut project after "The Other" was released, was really gaining popularity when it came out. And it turns 2 years old next month. Of course a lot has happened since then, but what would you say has been the most drastic change to your life?
AL: The most drastic change to my life has honestly probably been moving out to LA. When I was in New York I was still in school and I was writing for myself as an artist and continuing to write for other artists. Once I moved out to LA, I was done with school and my life just went full speed with everything I was doing. I kind of learned a lot about myself in the past year and where I'm happiest and most fulfilled. It's been really amazing and I'm just way more focused on all of my music and my own world, which is really awesome.
LP: "I Like Me Better" is your most recent single, and it has been doing absolutely incredible, with over 101 million streams in just 4 months.
AL: That's so crazy.
LP: It's a lot more positive than most of your other songs, in terms of the tone and the content of the song. Was that something that you did intentionally when releasing it?
AL: Well, I was just excited to not be the dude who's always releasing sad songs. I'm a sensitive, emotional person for sure, and a little bit of a hopeless romantic, definitely. It's especially, not even just with this song but all of the music I'm working on right now, there are so many other aspects of myself as an artist that I'm really excited to share with the world.
LP: That's a great way to go about it, so that everyone isn't really stigmatizing your music and sticking you in that box of 'someone break up with him so we can get an album.'
AL: Yeah, I almost felt trapped by that. You know, there are some artists–for example, there's a group that I love called Daughter that I listen to a lot, but it's like I already know when I'm gonna put them on. It's for that really nostalgic, longing, sad, lay in your bed and don't move kind of feeling. What's great about myself is I'm a fully rounded person. I don't always feel like that, and I don't want all of my music to always feel like that. I want it to reflect me and everything that I'm going through, and everything that I'm feeling.
LP: So, the music video was released a few weeks ago, just after your birthday–happy belated by the way. The feedback has been really great, everyone is loving the concept of it. How hands on were you in the process of creating that? And the rest of your videos for that matter?
LP: You've had multiple tracks pretty much go viral at this point, and your debut album isn't even out yet. Is that something that we could be gearing up for anytime soon?
AL: I've been working on more music than I ever have for myself and for a whole bunch of projects. So, unfortunately, I can't say anything else right now on that. But there's definitely a ton of new music coming.
LP: Almost everything you've released so far has been solo tracks, apart from "Question" which has Travis Mills on it. Are there any other artists you have your eye on for a possible collab in the future?
LP: Who would you say influences you the most when you're creating?
LP: Your audience is growing more and more by the day, so it's almost as though you're going to end up filling that spot of inspiration for someone. People are going to look to you and think, "I want to be like that. He did this I can do it too."
AL: That'd be awesome. We're in the most exciting times for young creators in general. I feel like it's all about the idea. People who don't really have the technological skills are making incredible stuff. I've worked with producers who are looking at the screen like, "I don't really know what I'm doing," but when you hear it come out of the speakers, it's amazing. So, I want to encourage as many people out there who feel like they want to say something or they want to create that there really isn't this big barrier for you to break. It's just like doing your thing and it's very freeing, I think.
LP: You've got some fans who really go above and beyond for you. A little while ago you posted about someone who had gotten some of your lyrics tattooed on their arm.
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