Scorching off the discharge of his 21-track debut album, ~how i am feeling~, Lauv, is dominating the pop scene with a powerful array of versatility and expertise. 25-year-old Ari Leff, recognized merely as Lauv hit the bottom operating with the chart-topping observe, “I Like Me Higher,” and his newest songs have garnered the eye of artists from throughout. Lauv continues to showcase a extra susceptible and emotional facet to fashionable pop and explores complicated feelings via artistic expressions and artistically-motivated music.
Given Could is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, allkpop sat down to talk with Lauv on the worldwide enlargement of pop, songwriting, BTS, Eric Nam, and extra. Take a look at the interview under!
allkpop: As Asian music works its approach into the forefront of American tradition, we often have discovered you within the limelight as a collaborator and supporter of worldwide artists. Share with us just a little about your perspective on the globalization of music like Ok-Pop.
Lauv: I suppose I’ve by no means actually thought that music ought to be checked out in another way relying on the place it’s from. I feel it’s actually particular that in right now’s world, completely different cultures can come collectively all around the world and be appreciated via their artwork. I feel the perfect a part of the globalization of every little thing on the earth is that issues (like music) could be appreciated from all around the world and cultures can have a lightweight shed on them regardless of the place we’re. So I feel that’s actually particular.
When it comes to my collaborations, I’ve by no means got down to do something specifically. I all the time really feel like collaboration ought to occur in as pure a approach as doable. For instance, after I labored with BTS, that occurred on account of me assembly them.
akp: Inform us about your expertise of making these songs on a cross-cultural scale. What makes the music distinctive? Does the songwriting and manufacturing course of differ when working with artists exterior of the US mainstream?
Lauv: That’s an excellent query. I really feel like my course of is all the time fairly comparable. It’s: have enjoyable and do what comes naturally. Whether or not which means it’s a music simply myself or if it’s with any individual else. (I simply) Allow them to do what’s pure to them, you already know? And it comes collectively in no matter approach it does. I can’t take into consideration issues an excessive amount of and differentiate them as a result of then I get actually in my very own approach and it turns into actually pressured. So I simply attempt to preserve the identical course of.
akp: Have you ever ever had a tough time navigating the business when vouching for your self or your worldwide collaborator’s music and concepts?
Lauv: I’ve truly largely skilled that individuals are actually accepting. I haven’t personally skilled lots of xenophobia. Perhaps at its worst, individuals are like, “Wow I don’t understand how this occurred.” I feel lots of people nonetheless don’t know lots about Ok-Popular culture. However, for essentially the most half, those who I’ve spoken to in interviews and pals, household, different artists have all been actually supportive. I really feel like lots of people and folks I encompass myself with really feel the identical as me in that they don’t assume folks ought to be checked out in another way or the music ought to be checked out in another way as a result of it’s from a tradition that’s distinctive from ours. It ought to be appreciated and accepted for a way it’s and that’s largely my expertise.
akp: You’ve additionally labored with different artists which have their roots in Ok-Pop. From what I perceive, you lent a hand within the composition for Eric Nam’s “Runaway”. Share with us the method of writing that observe!
Lauv: Sure, Eric is tremendous candy, very gifted. That was a music that I began with some pals of mine and I feel Eric heard a demo of and beloved it. We didn’t get an opportunity to really be within the studio collectively sadly. I feel it was across the time that I used to be shifting, in all probability. However, I feel it turned out wonderful and I obtained to see him play it reside a pair years in the past and it was tremendous particular. Yeah, (I) simply assume he’s super-talented.
akp: Ok-Pop followers worldwide had been extremely anticipating your collaboration with BTS on the observe, “Who” off your debut album ~how i am feeling~. How did you discover time in each yours and BTS’s schedule to create this observe and the way did the artistic course of work between you all?
Lauv: So, yeah it’s actually loopy. I used to be completely not anticipating that music would occur. It was one thing that form of got here up after they requested me to do the remix of “Make it Proper”. It (Make It Proper [Lauv Remix]) was such an enormous alternative and an enormous honor, so I did that after which I discovered the demo of “Who” that I made with another pals of mine and despatched it to them. They beloved it and recorded it on their very own time. We didn’t get an opportunity to be within the studio collectively sadly, as a result of clearly the schedules are loopy. I simply cherish the chance and am actually stoked on it.
akp: Share with us just a little about “Who” itself – the idea, the message, the execution! This music’s launch was successful as quickly because it launched, had been you anticipating that given the size of this meteoric collaboration?
Lauv: The music is about being with any individual who not looks as if the particular person you fell in love with. I feel the music form of speaks for itself in that sense. It was a music that I truly wrote with a few of my pals in Why Don’t We?, who’re actually particular and tremendous gifted writers and clearly artists as nicely. The music was only a day with a few of my pals simply actually having enjoyable. I feel we had written one other music earlier that day after which “Who” got here and I despatched it to BTS and Jimin and Jungkook completely destroyed it in one of the simplest ways. They killed it and it was wonderful and I’m tremendous stoked on it.
akp: How was working with BTS Jimin and Jungkook?
Lauv: Working with them was wonderful. We didn’t get the prospect to be within the studio collectively. However, I select not to have a look at stuff like that as a destructive. Everybody obtained an opportunity to do their factor and it was simply an honor to work with them!
akp: Talking of “Who”, Ok-Pop veteran sensation and all-around diva, Hyolyn not too long ago did an outstanding cowl of “Who”! What did you consider it?
Lauv: It was wonderful, it’s actually cool to listen to a feminine vocal on that music and simply form of give it a special vibe.
akp: Many Korean artists have accomplished covers of songs by Western artists, for those who might cowl a observe from a Korean artist, what would it not be?
Lauv: I truly don’t know. To be trustworthy, I don’t cowl songs lots until it’s one thing that I hearken to nonstop. So, I feel that’s one thing that would naturally occur sooner or later and may very well be actually cool and completely different for me. However, I don’t essentially have a music that I’m listening to proper now that I really feel like I might authentically cowl and do justice.
akp: Honest sufficient! So, what’s subsequent for Lauv?
Lauv: I’m engaged on a ton of recent music. I do know I simply put out my album, however I’m engaged on a ton, a ton, a ton. Some tour dates (as nicely) and simply vibing and being appreciative of life. Thanks guys a lot for the interview!
Many because of Lauv for lending a while to speak about Ok-Pop, globalization of worldwide music, and his newest releases! Take a look at Lauv’s debut album, ~how i’m feeling~, and make sure to observe him on his Web site, Fb, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to remain up to date on the newest Lauv releases and bulletins!
~how i am feeling~ is out now in shops and accessible right here on each main streaming platform!