By Helena Palazzoli
Hi Lenny it is lovely to meet you and it is a pleasure to have you in Città di Castello. I hope you had a safe trip?
«Yes, Yes thank you. Thank you for having us».
After the worldwide success of your song Hell.o, who are you today and what projects are you currently working on?
«An interesting question ‘who are you’, I am still trying to figure that out! Quite a lot!
I guess I am still a person who still writes my own songs, I’m keen on that, I find it quite a stylish thing to do; lots of co-writing sessions and production sessions.
I still suggest writing my own music and my own lyrics, because it does come from me.
So, I am still that kind of detailed person that I was when we did Hell.o and I’m still excited about stuff and I think I am pretty down to earth still».
What is the inspiration for your songs?
«Mostly just my life, lots of interesting things happen, not only to me, but around me.
To people that I know and that I am in touch with. I guess it is experience, and, for me it is interesting to see the evolution of me as a lyricist.
Transforming that experience into lyrics.
That was still something I was learning to do and now I think I am getting better and better».
What projects have you got on in the next few months?
«I am currently preparing the new album.
I hope for it to be released next year in the spring. Now we are doing a lot of shows and a lot of gigs. It is festival season, which is ending right now.
But we did a lot of gigs during the summer and there is a big tour that I am doing in the fall.
There will be a big gig in my hometown, Prague so I am really excited».
What is the most important thing about playing live for you? What is the most important part?
«The connection with people and the energy that we exchange.
Really for me it is that feeling; I have been going for that my whole life, when I was that nine-year-old with a pretend mic and imagining a huge crowd in front of me, singing my songs.
I really wished for it, but I never imagined that it would actually become reality».
What do you think of talent shows, they are very popular and have been so for a long while now? What is your opinion?
«I’m not really into that kind of thing, as a viewer. I don’t really watch talent shows. I have actually been asked to be a judge several times in my country.
Although because of time issues I didn’t take the opportunity.
I don’t really want to be against that kind of thing, because I can understand, that for most people it is the only opportunity that they have.
The only kind of way they can achieve their dreams.
I have nothing against that».
Would you consider, if you had the time to be a judge on a talent show?
«I would consider it. I definitely would think it through.
I’m at a stage in my life that I prefer to focus on my music.
I don’t think that I have evolved to that point where I would feel comfortable judging somebody else.
When I get to that point I would consider it».
I know you Mother is a very popular singer and guitarist, what have you learnt from her?
«Definitely being professional because she was a huge role model.
She never judged me. She was never strict on particular things. She wasn’t pain. She was always really kind, and she taught me by example.
The person that I am and most of the things I do including decision making and professional kind of things, music and basically being a boss to my band and my team, I have learnt that from her».
What are you listening to at the moment? Who are you favourite artists?
«I love driving, and I drive a lot as we have a load of gigs each week. I drive around my country and places like Germany and other countries mostly long distance, so I love listening to albums I still have CDs, I am that old fashioned kind of girl.
I love finding out about new artists, new music. Currently it is artists like Royal Blood, something that has enough energy to keep me going, keep me focused.
I like Pass Mellom. I love Pink, because she has been my idol forever.
Florence and the Machine, I love them as well as lots of other artists».
Is this the first time you have been to Umbria?
«Actually it is! I have definitely been around Italy in the past few years.
Especially last year when Hell.o went up through the charts, we had a great opportunity to promote our music over here.
So it is the first time in your town and it is a great experience.
I can’t wait to perform».
Had you ever heard of this Festival?
«It was the first time, although when I came here, along with the material that I , I went through all of the information and the history is amazing.
It is like the 51st year of the festival, I find that amazing».
Thank you, I hope everything goes well tomorrow we will all be watching.
«Thank you so much, I can’t wait».
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