[Exclusive] Lauren Faith discusses working with Kaytranada on her debut single, upcoming EP, influences and more
After some heavy collabs, the British songbird is all set to soar on her own wings now as she readies herself for the release of her debut EP.
After cutting her teeth by helping Kaytranada write songs for Craig David back in 2015, British singer-songwriter Lauren Faith is all set to take off on her own wings now. The first taste of her immaculate pop sensibilities arrived last month in the form of her debut single 'Just A Little.' Produced by Kaytranada, the future-forward groove contrasts all the signature sonic textures of the producer against Lauren's smooth, laid-back vocals.
The track, which is the first tase of Faith's upcoming debut EP was declared upon release by Pitchfork as a "confident showcase for Faith’s minimalist songwriting and carefully delivered commands" and a "debut single in name only from an artist who’s been ready for years." Faith has garnered well-deserved comparisons to the likes of Jhene Aiko and Tinashe, and the track is picking up massive traction every day.
Lauren Faith was born into a musical family and grew up listening to her mother’s vinyl collection which consisted of 70’s funk, Neo Soul and go-go. Since then, Lauren has carved her own path in the music world, landing numerous cuts as a topliner and songwriter, including two tracks on Craig David’s UK Number 1 album 'Following My Intuition.'
Meaww caught up with Lauren for a quick chat via email to discuss her debut EP, working with Kaytranada, her influences, dream collaborations and more. Read the full interview below:
Congratulations on your debut single 'Just A Little.' The track is rapidly gaining recognition. What was going on in your head when you composed the song?
Thank you very much! It really is, and it's amazing to see so many people connecting with it. At the time, I just let my melodies flow and then the lyrics and words [followed] to describe a situation/feeling I wanted to convey. It was such a fun song to write.
The song is the first taste of your upcoming EP. Can we have some details about it? What is it called and how many tracks can we expect on it?
It is indeed! I can say that the EP has been completely hands-on besides Kaytranada, I've produced the whole EP… I’ve worked with two other writers on different songs, but the main body of work is completely 100% me... so I'm very excited for people to truly connect with my sound!
When can we expect the EP to drop? Ballpark it for us?
Kaytranada produced your debut single, and it has all his sonic signatures. You’ve been working with him for a while now, ever since you started writing songs for Craig David’s 'Following My Intuition.' What was it like to collaborate with him on the debut?
It really does, I have yes. It was awesome! I love K. He is an extraordinary talent, one we don't see very often so to be able to work with him on my debut was an absolute honor.
Will we see more of Kaytranada on the rest of the EP?
Potentially. If not [on] the EP, then the album. We have quite a few songs together now!
Are there any collaborations on the EP or is it mostly a solo effort?
Solo. I chose this because it is my debut. It's important to me for people to be able to connect with the music first and understand it before I jump for collabs. Although collabs are something that I am really looking forward too in the future.
You grew up listening to your mother’s vinyl collection. Who are some of the earliest artists you remember that inspired you? Do you still like listening to vinyls?
Ahhhh, Earth Wind & Fire, George Benson, Minnie Riperton, Don Blackman, Kool & The Gang, Ohio Players...the list goes on! Vinyl will always be the greatest way to listen to music...it's weird 'cause now its a kinda luxurious way to listen to music, yet it used to be the standard way. I prefer old school things.
Although you’ve been contributing as a songwriter, you waited a fair amount before dropping your own single. What finally brought about the decision? How does it feel to write for yourself as opposed to other artists?
There's a lot of things that happen behind the scenes like management, and they are just as important as the music you are making. I waited it out because I needed the right team to execute what I wanted to achieve. Now that we have that, it's go go go! Timing is everything, and I'm thankful for it.
If you were to pick a dream collaboration, with any artist dead or alive, who would it be?
Ooooh! My dream collab would be Kaytranada, Me, Pharrell [Williams] and Tom Misch on ONE track. - that would be HOT! I'm also a huge Jamiroquai fan too... so that would be an amazing collab.
What else can we expect through the rest of the year?