Lucid Letters – Delighted [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Playful, catchy, feely

Tell us a few things about your new song “Delighted”. What is the story behind it?

I started writing and recording Delighted back in August 2021 after an upcoming producer that I follow dropped his first sample pack. He made it available to the people in his Discord server, so I downloaded it and started playing around with the stems to make my own chord progression and song structure.

I wasn’t planning to produce or release a new song at this stage at all. My health had dipped so I’d made the decision to rest and step back from my release plans. Taking the pressure off myself was just what I needed since I was then able to catch that wave of inspiration. Delighted was totally spontaneous and helped me get back into the fun of writing and producing.

What is the main topic of your lyrics?

My lyrics tend mostly to fall into two categories: interpersonal relationships, and just talking about myself. I’m either describing something of the human experience as beings who need connection and community, or I’m making bold statements about identity. As a shy and well-behaved kid growing up, it feels really necessary to reclaim being noisy or bossy, or to verbalise how situations truly make me feel.

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

I haven’t had much opportunity to perform live as a solo act, so that’s something I want to explore more in the next few years. But having said that, I think the actual making of the songs is what I’ll always enjoy the most of the two. Perhaps I’ll change my mind about that if I have some really good gigs!

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

For me it’s definitely been a battle of the mind. I mean that in two senses. I’ve struggled with my mental health my whole adult life, and more recently got diagnosed as bipolar. Both the symptoms of the condition, and the medication I take to manage those symptoms, have a huge impact on my motivation and energy levels. But I think even more serious than that was fighting my own thoughts of inadequacy and the constant need for external validation. Once I got over needing someone else to give me permission or approval to make music, things really started to open up for me.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

This too shall pass. Whatever it is you’re going through, it’s not forever, and whatever it is you’re enjoying, it will have its end. It keeps me focused on truly engaging with the present moment, and flowing with the things that are out of my control.

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

I once almost got myself trapped on one of the sandbars on the beach where I live, so was forced to wade through ankle height water in order to get back on dry land. No matter how far along I walked, there was no dry route back to the footpath, so I had to accept the situation and get my shoes wet before it got even deeper!

Thank you!

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