Three times Queensland Music Award winner, singer songwriter LT shares her delightful new single, Hold Ya – a sugary slice of heartening dream pop. The track is accompanied by a charming Chelsey Johnston video that perfectly captures some lovely moments of connection between people. Soaked in nostalgia, Hold Ya is clever indie pop that showcases LT at her best. Littered with triumphant brass notes and uplifting guitar, the track is buoyed by LT’s dreamy voice with that refreshing Aussie pronunciation she’s known for. Already notching up some impressive acclaim pre-release, Hold Ya placed LT as a semi-finalist in the International Song writing Competition and a finalist in the Queensland Music Awards (Blues & Roots category). LT answers a quick Q&A about the single.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of your single Hold Ya?
It’s been pretty full on. I decided to undergo a name change at the same time which was a fair bit of work to wrap my head around! Releasing a single is always a busy time, but loads of fun too.
Was the process of making your single as challenging as you thought?
Hold Ya was one of those songs that practically wrote itself. It was really easy to translate and pull together and we were done in less than a day.
Sonically, how would you describe your music?
It’s a mix of Indie/Dream-Pop but has a certain sense of nostalgia to it. While it’s got a pop twist to it, you can definitely hear some of my older influences bleeding through.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
Going to see other acts live is what influences me. It always makes me realise how much I still have to learn and what it looks/sounds like to be a great writer and performer. It makes me want to work harder.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
I used to get really nervous about the act I was following and convince myself that the audience would hate my music as it sounds nothing like the other act. I had a friend remind me that people love variety and are happy to be listening to something different. No one wants to listen to the same act for 6 x hours solid, no matter how much you love them.
What is the LT life story?
Music has always been my life. I don’t ever remember a time where I wasn’t obsessing over music in some way, shape or form. As a kid, I would listen to music and decipher the lyrics, writing down pages and pages of lyrics. I’d then make my own mix-tapes and pretend to be a radio host in between songs. Hahah. I was terrible. I then learnt the flute, percussion, and eventually guitar which was the turning point for me, and started busking in the subways at Brisbane City train station and playing gigs at age 16.
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
I would love to have the opportunity to tour to the UK, USA, and Canada. I’ve had some lovely support from these places so it would be super nice to head on over for some shows.
What’s next for LT?
Writing, recording, releasing! I hope!
Interview By Rob Lyon