LINDA – City Lights [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Playful, storytelling, me

Tell us a few things about your “City Lights”. What is the story behind it?

The first version of the lyrics and the melody of the song were written first, during a rehearsal a few years ago, with a completely different band. I removed some parts, we added a new fragment of the lyrics with my producer and based on my melody and lyrics he composed the instrumentals and invited the guest performers (Ádám Meggyes – trumpet Gergő Kováts – saxophone Krisztián Csapó – trombone), to play on the recordings. I never met the guys in person, as they recorded their parts while I was staying home, ill. I was having enough of the quarantine, and lockdown. I wanted to have a song, reminding everyone, who loves our beautiful city, how cool is to go outside and have a few drinks at the bank of the river, fall in love, have date nights…

Do you like the idea of collaborating? Is songwriting a lonely process?

I think it depends. I like to work with others on the songs, however on my new album all the lyrics and melodies are written by me. On the other hand, I am sure, that I could not have such great material in hand without my producer, who plays most of the instruments on my album, and the guests we invited to play with us. My songs are telling stories, my stories, but this stories were shaped with the people I work with regularly: Ábel Mihalik my music producer -and the instruments behind my songs, Mónika Veres my vocal coach was helping a lot to stay in shape vocally, Gergő Demko my piano teacher has also a key role in my album, as he thought me all the music theory I know, he helped me to learn to play on the piano, and we are performing nowadays together as an acoustic duo my songs in smaller places. Opening song is always CITY LIGHTS. 

What do you enjoy most? Writing music or performing your music live?

I think I enjoy making the songs more, and this whole process of composing, creating a song from some melodies, and rhymes, by describing my feelings and stories is the best thing ever happened to me. It is like therapy. Performing in front of an audience is more stressful. Composing, making the songs is something intimate, like making love, performing my songs fuels all that with energy. It makes me extremely happy seeing, that people like it.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

My biggest challenge is finding a forever stable band, with I could have concerts on regular basis, and start writing my new album with. My biggest dream is to have a band, and some smaller shows, travelling to aviation events to have smaller concerts. It was easier to release the songs, record them, write them, than putting together a band for my project. But hey! Without challenges we would never appreciate our results, so I am sure, when is the right time, I will have a wonderful band, like a family.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

I want to make people happy with my music. Or I want to be there for them when they are alone. I know music was there all the time, when I was alone, or when I needed something new in my life. City lights is to make you relaxed, move your body, get a drink. Best Friend, Chasing dreams were written to make you chill, for example with a coffee. My time is a boost of energy for my competitions but can help if you are angry with your job, or it’s hard to get up in the morning.

When was the last time you danced?

Today 😀 I was listening Diana Ross and Prince this evening, and I was dancing with my dogs. On stage a few weeks ago at our last acoustic concert, after a flying competition, where before the concert I was participating as a pilot. We had the race, than I changed to my performing clothes, and got the results of the competition only after the concert. That day was really intense and full with all kind of emotions, I was feeling all day like a powerhouse. It’s mad… we won that competition, so there was a reason to dance during the night as well 😀 😀 😀 haha Actually, there is my new single Losing my mind, released today, it’s all about “shaking your sexy booty” 😀

Thank you!

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