Skateboarder-turned-musician Laykn returns with his new single Superhuman. Having always used musicianship as an outlet for creativity, the first taste of new works is an exciting beginning for his next chapter.
Written and produced in London alongside Ant Whiting (M.I.A., Lisa Mitchell, SOAK) and Lucy Taylor (Friendly Fires, Dua Lipa) Superhuman brings together Lakyn’s somewhat dark and low-slung vocal with flashes of warping electronica, which comes and goes amongst the uplifting, groove-filled production. It almost feels like a track plucked from Grand Theft Auto’s infamous, cutting-edge soundtrack; a nod to one of his favourite songwriting processes, in which he writes music based on what he’d imagine hearing on one of the video game’s cult-adored radio stations. Lakyn answers some questions about the single for Hi Fi Way.
Congratulations on the single, did you think you would be in London to record it?
Cheers! I was always aiming to get over to London, it’s quite an inspiring place. the first lyrics came to me a day before the studio, so the idea was fresh.
Do you think the surrounds has any influence on the end result?
For sure, there’s something in the air there.
Is the idea of collaborating with other writers and producers something you want to do more of?
I like creating anyway possible, you never know what’s going to come out of any experience I’m always down to collab.
How do you think your sound has evolved?
Over the years I experimented and explored every angle I thought possible, merging genres, instruments. Now my understanding is widespread, my focus now is to be most effective with less. Less is more, more or less.
Are you building towards another album?
Slowly but surely, it’s not something I want to rush but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t on my mind.
Have you been making most of the time to keep being creative?
Well I made my first marble run in my bedroom/studio, that was wild. It went all around the room. I’m also the new Jamie Oliver and I now own a green screen so expect low budget high end content.
Away from music, how have you spent this down time?
Somehow I’ve actually been busier than ever, I got a job with a family friends landscaping business, we keep the grass looking good so when everyone looks out their windows at the world that once was, at least it looks good.
How frustrating has it been not to tour and play places like Adelaide?
On a scale of 1 to frustrating, it’s been frustrating.
What’s the first thing you want to do when restrictions are fully eased?
I’m so keen to go to Queenstown NZ to snowboard or Bali for a quick getaway.
If you weren’t a musician what do you think you would be doing?
Well I was skateboarding before music, so the natural progression would be accountant? Jokes, maybe a director, I’d love to make movies.
Interview By Rob Lyon