Love You Later Interview: Easter Sundays, Influences, And More
Words by Kariann Tan
Photos by Carly Coberly
It really hasn't been long since Lexi of Love You Later has propped herself up in the indie scene, eventually going on to perform at SXSW this year, and opening alongside Marina City and The WLDLIFE. Enthused by her bubbly personality and her retro-styled music, we made it a must to sit down with her and get to know what goes behind the scenes with her music, life, and so on.
Hey Lexi! How are you doing today?
Hi! I’m doing great honestly, thank you for asking! It’s 7:49 PM and I’m drinking a dirty chai at my favorite coffee shop so I really can’t complain.
Have you done anything interesting for Easter Sunday?
I went to church with my family! Tori Kelly sang and was there so that was kind of cool. Then I went to my aunt’s house and hung out with all of my extended family. My favorite part about Easter - and pretty much any holiday - is that I get to spend time with them. They’re truly the best.
I just wanted to say congratulations on your latest single 'Jokes On You', that just came out today. It's a bop, and we at Poptized really enjoyed it.
Thank you so much! I’m so happy you guys like it! Yeah, I’m really excited about this one. I’ve been playing it at every show and people seem to ‘bop’ to it so I’m excited to finally have it out where everyone can hear it!
That being said, Love You Later is definitely a new project that's risen through the ranks of underground indie pop music. How did this all begin, and what enticed you to create music?
Yeah, I started Love You Later a little over a year ago, which is weird to think that it’s already been that long. Some of my greatest musical influences are solo projects; Wet, Julien Baker, Lorde, M83, Bleachers, Hazel English, and The Japanese House. I pretty much always wanted to start a band and thought that’s what I needed to create a full sound, but it was always so hard to find time to fit everyone’s schedule and also to genuinely click with the right people. So pretty much one day, I came to the realization that I really didn’t have to limit myself and that I could just start something on my own that is just 100% me. I think that’s what makes Love You Later so authentic: because it’s really just me.
Was there a certain someone or something that inspired you to follow through your passion of creating?
My mom has always been my #1 fan and she’s always been so supportive of me - she’s a big reason I’ve continued pursuing my passion of music. With Love You Later specifically, The Japanese House has always been my biggest musical influence because she never puts a cap on her creativity and it’s so evident in her music. Everything she does is something I have never heard before. It’s amazing to me. She’s one of the biggest reasons why I decided to 'give birth' to Love You Later.
Talk us through your production process. How do you form your lyrics, and how, from there, do you create a song?
I usually write lyrics before melodies. It seems to work better for me that way. Once those two things are in place, I’ll add guitar or synth or whatever. That’s the usual process, but honestly it’s different every time. Pretty much every song is different when it comes to me writing. I don’t like to limit myself to how I write a song because then it starts to seem repetitive, or like a formula. I’m really not one to stick to a routine because I always love doing something new and exciting. And that’s how I want to make my music - do things that nobody’s ever really heard before.
Tell us about 'Jokes On You'. What's the backstory behind the song?
Jokes on You is basically about a girl who is tired of being pushed around by one of her ex - lovers. He’s moved on to another - ’the girl that she warned him about’ - but secretly he knows she’s no good for him, he just doesn’t want to feel alone. So whenever him and the current girl have a falling out, he calls his ‘ex girl’ and begs for forgiveness and essentially uses her to fill a void. Naturally, the girl feels confused and used, and she won’t let him push her around anymore…so she decides that from now on when he calls, she’s not going to answer. This time, the jokes on him.
What's the hardest thing about being an aspiring musician today?
I’d say the hardest thing for me is to move more towards being inspired instead of jealous - I struggle with comparing myself to other musicians, instead of being inspired by them. I know that it only hurts me but it’s something that I think we as humans do. I do my best to snap myself out of it, and surround myself with fellow musicians that inspire me, but whom I can also inspire. I find myself wanting to create more when I do that.
One thing that I noticed is your passion for committing to your aesthetic as an artist. To you, how important is it to have a certain aesthetic when creating and releasing music?
I think that it’s important to commit to an aesthetic for anyone who creates because it’s essentially your brand - and your brand is your baby. I want to stand out and be different, and a huge way I can do that is by creating my own aesthetic which does just that. It’s also just another way for me to express myself as an artist and subtly communicate my personality.
Is there anything you've been jamming to lately?
These past few months, I’ve been jamming to some Bleachers, LANY, Rex Orange County, Beach Fossils, HalfNoise, Michael Rault, Tame Impala, Foster The People, Twin Peaks, Daniel Caesar, Alvvays, Hippo Campus, Khalid, Gus Dapperton, and finally my two guilty pleasures that will always remain near to my heart - Drake and Post Malone. They just have brilliant melodies and I can’t help but dance obnoxiously to every song. I love being inspired by every type of artist, I think that’s what makes a well rounded musician.
Check out Love You Later's latest single "Jokes On You" now available on Spotify.