RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AUSTRALIAN ARTIST FELICIA LASE
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
I consider myself a late bloomer. Although music has always been in my life, years ago I was not confident enough to say ‘I want to take my music seriously
But I have tried a lot of different things and in the end, I always go back to music. I always feel that tingle of joy while creating a new song or singing or listening to someone singing in a concert. And at one point I decided not to put music at the backburner anymore and just take the shot! It is hard work but I am so glad I did it!
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
I am a singer-songwriter-producer based in Melbourne but originally from Indonesia. My first musical experience was from learning the classical piano at the age of 5. I spent another 11 years in learning the classical piano (long, yeah) and while I don’t end up becoming a classical pianist, the experience really influenced my affection towards music – especially appreciating both the technical and artistic aspects of music.
Years after, I am more comfortable as a singer instead (my piano teacher may disown me if they know this). I am currently singing in a jazz band and doing my own solo thing. But after performing other people’s songs, I really want to make my own thing and that’s why I fell in love with songwriting and production. I taught myself everything and it opened up doors for me! I won several awards, got to play my own music on stage, and now, will set to release my debut single!
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?
It is baby steps and I am just looking for opportunities as they arise without burning myself out. It can be quite frustrating sometimes, so it requires a delicate balance. But honestly, I am just grateful for where I am now – I get to sing on a semi-regular basis, make music, release my own stuff, and do it all in the beautiful city of Melbourne.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
I currently have a day job in the construction industry. I am not on site all the time, more on the consultant side, but it is still within the construction industry.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
I make R&B/Soul/Pop music, and everything in between, for the soul. I tend to do everything myself – not because I don’t like working with other people – but because it is almost therapeutic for me to create music from start to finish. The most important thing is for you to feel something from my music – a massive bonus mark if you think it sounds cool.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I think it’s my musical taste and inspiration. I love so many different types of music, from gospel to traditional music, musicals to jazz. So my musical ‘flavour’ is very varied and I tend to take inspiration from different genres in my music.
Also, I produce everything myself and love to use vocal arrangement. I think it was Jacob Collier who said your most unique instrument as a musician is your voice. I love to put vocal harmonies as much as I can to put as much of my ‘identity’ into a song as possible.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
Yes, I do! Thank you for asking. This is officially my debut single as a solo artist and called ‘Sign’, which will be available on all streaming platforms on 11 November. This is a song that I completely wrote, performed, produced, and mixed – so it’s 100% Felicia Lase. This is a song that gives the perfect introduction to my whole sound – it combines the emotive and smooth aspect of R&B/soul and yet combined with a slick trap beat. This song talks about the feeling of being lost that most people felt as they navigate through life. I’m pretty sure we all have said something like ‘please give me a sign on what to do next!’
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.
It all started with the first line of the song “Tell me something to believe in”. This was inspired by a friend of mine. This person just got into a new relationship and started questioning their own beliefs. Even though the first line was inspired by someone who is in a relationship, I ended up making the whole song about someone who is feeling alone and lost. Everything else came up quite naturally – the feeling of loss, not knowing what to believe in, and yearning to have someone or something to hold on to are quite universal experiences.
What was the recording process like?
Believe it or not, I actually finished most of the song a year ago at the comfort of my own home! As a pianist, it all started with the piano line. Then I started including the beat with some classic soul-sounding drums. But… it just did not feel right! So I decided to use some trap beat sounds and… it works!
The vocals were quite challenging because it sits at a higher register of my voice. I want that sense of yearning and passion to come through – but it is all worth it. I then picked the song up again at the start of this year and added a bunch of backing vocals (as usual).
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tune?
Not to chase perfection, but to just do it. The one downside of doing everything yourself is feeling that nothing is ever good enough. You don’t have that objective eyes, or those external limitations, that will make you stop and just release your music into the world.
I needed a lot of push from a lot of different people before deciding to release this one. So for everyone who has asked me numerous times ‘is this released yet?’, Thank You!
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
I am not really planning on changing the original track, but more add other versions to it. My dream is to have an acoustic live version with live soul/gospel backing vocalists. Maybe that is something that I will do later!
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?