Lili Kendall is a indie pop singer-songwriter hailing from Brisbane. This LA-based songstress is known for her dark sultry pop tunes. She is set to take over the charts with her new track “Lifetime”. Lili took some time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions for us here at Amnplify.
Congratulations on the release of “Lifetime”. What inspired this track? Anyone/Anything in particular?
Thank you! It was produced by my good friend Deaneaux (@UhOhIt’sDeaneaux), I wrote it when I first moved to LA in June. The song is about the chase that you and someone are on at the start of a relationship. The back and forth, and lust/want of each other. It’s about being ride or die for that one person because you know that you have been lovers in previous lifetimes, it’s something worth fighting for.
Where do you draw ideas from when you are writing and creating music?
When I write the inspiration comes from where my mind is currently at. I just want it to be as honest and vulnerable as possible. I will spend weeks writing songs about the same person the same situation. I’m a Gemini, so over-thinking is a past time, I don’t think I will ever run out of writing material.
You’ve been creating music since you were quite young, has your process changed much since those early days?
I started writing at about 12, just me and my guitar, it was very simple, I had a basic idea of songwriting. then when I got a little older, I started working with producers and writers in the industry, they were all a lot older than me. I think when you are 15-17 you are super susceptible to others influence and just want to fit into the box they give to you. So my music was heavily influenced by who I worked with. Now I have found a voice, trust in myself as a writer and vocalist and a new passion for music and my art. Right now my process is sitting with my producer while he makes the track, and just trying to write from the most honest place, i want each song to be a perspective of my mind in that present moment of writing it.
What musicians inspire you?
I have a lot of musical influences. Forever and always influenced by Amy Winehouse, Solange, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Etta James, Frank Ocean. Currently, i’m super inspired by Jesse Reyez, SZA, Sabrina Claudio, EARTHGANG, Miguel, Nick Hakim, Raury. I’d say right now my most played album is probably Scum Fuck Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator. I really admire and respect any artist that trusts themselves enough to push the boundaries and are focused on exceeding their own expectations as a creative, because that’s where the magic comes from.
What was it like to move to LA to pursue your music career?
It’s still new and shiny. I see a lot of people move here and lose their focus and drive while getting caught up in the thrill of it all. It’s been a good lesson for me to find balance in my work, play, and self-care.
How different is the LA music scene compared to Australia?
As a 20-year-old woman, who is so vocal with her values and opinions, and confident in who she presently is, it sometimes feels like I’m taken as a threat in a heavily male-dominated industry. LA is full of so many different individuals, I feel like there is more room to move, fewer boxes to be put in. Since moving here, and surrounding myself with so many other boss ass woman in the music industry, I’ve definitely felt more able to grow and develop as a human and artist in my own direction. BUT, it is also a lot bigger pond, so if you aren’t prepared to work 3x harder than you originally thought you had to, you will be drowned out, because there are millions of singers and writers here and they are all constantly on their hustle.
You toured a string of shows across Australia, USA, and Canada back in 2014/15. How was the experience?
It was the first time I felt like a real artist! It’s my favourite to play shows in Australia, its that feeling of playing your hometown. But when I flew to the other side of the world to play shows in a city I had never been to before and there were people there to see me…not many, but they were there, it was just such a crazy feeling… it gave me a hunger to continue.
Is touring this new music something we can look forward to?
I love to perform, and I still haven’t had a chance to play around with any of my new material live yet. When I get home to Australia, I’m definitely going to try playing a couple little shows.
It seems your preceding music has been removed from your socials, what’s the reasoning behind this? Is this pre-empting a new EP?
Yep! you are gonna hear a whole lot of new music very soon. i felt like i had moved beyond the sound of my music from the past years (obviously, i’m an ever-evolving human) But i removed it to start a new chapter with this EP.