Q&A: Lowell


Written By Alana Mazurke


Calgary born pop phenomenon Lowell, has seen major success after the February the release of first single ‘Cloud 69’. Her first Ep I Killed Sarah V effortlessly showcases her niche mastering eclectic pop mixed with a twist of feminism. Debut album ‘We Loved Her Dearly’ is set for release very soon and there is high anticipation on what this charismatic musician has to offer on her first full length. With film clips to match Lowell is exciting; performances at SXSW have critics talking, highlighting the singer as one to watch.

I Killed Sara V is still adolescent in its release; I can’t begin to imagine what it’s like to set free a debut EP to the world. Although exciting as it must have been, are there any nerves floating about at all? What do you take from reviews and critics alike?
There have definitely been nerves. There’s been a lot of anticipation in my life in preparation for this release, and that always sparks a little bit of nervousness. I’m not afraid of what critics say. I only worry about the people. I’ve spent a lot of time dealing with the non-canadian support, to the point where I try to just ignore negative reviews all together.
Your film clips are on a whole new level of contemporary art (in the best way possible). You directed the clip for ‘Shake It Off’, what was the concept for single ‘Cloud 69’?
I couldn’t tell you what the concept was. There’s no story line. Its more focused on the color schemes, and visuals. I originally had an anti rape plot for a video, but never got the funding to do it. I guess anti-rape concepts aren’t worth funding to the guys up top giving out grants.
I Killed Sara V is just a snippet of what’s yet to come. How is your first full length album We Loved Her Dearly faring? 
The full length album is almost finished! I’ve been writing it for two years now, and all the recording/ writing is finished. Its been being mixed in London for the past few months now, and is set to release late summer.
It’s been noted in your music that you derive strength from writing songs and often aim to empower social freedom. Where does this drive for difference and determined effort to dissolve ignorance from others come from?
I spend most of my spare time analyzing people and their actions. I’m fascinated by our social encounters- what makes us nice, or hurtful, racist, sexist, homophobic, leaders, losers, winners. As someone who has experienced my own repression and pain as a result of social norms, I’ve freed myself by detaching myself from the emotion of it and empowered myself through knowledge. With understanding, I’ve managed to find peace.  Its come to a point where human nature, and society are so simple to me. I figure what better thing to do than fit it into twelve 3:30 pop songs.
 If there was at least one message (hopefully they’d take more but we’ve all met seen the minds of the greater population hah) you would want people to take from your music what would that be?
People hurt you because of them, not you.
What was the first song you ever wrote about? After writing, was it an instinctual “I want to be a musician!” thought or did it take time to know that music was the path for you?
I wrote a song called THE BIRDS for a friend of mine who committed suicide when I was 13ish. It was a form of therapy I discovered which helped me get through high school and onward. (Thank God, I probably would have kiled myself otherwise). I didn’t know you could make a career out of music. I did want to write songs, all the time, and started taking more lessons.
You’ve travelled extensively over the last few years, where has been your favourite country thus far? If there was one event where you could play one of your songs, which song would you chose and where would you want to play it most? 
I absolutely love Copenhagen, Denmark. As for events to play, I think I would choose to play my song “LGBT” (one of the songs off my LP), at World Pride in New York or Toronto. Its my favorite song I’ve written, and playing it in front of so many gay rights supporters would probably be really special and emotional for me.
You grew up in quite a remote area of Canada; what kind of music had you been exposed to growing up? When you moved to bigger cities in Canada was there a notable difference in music scenes between either of them including your hometown?
Its hard to say, because there are a lot of other factors there (especially age). I’m sure I didn’t listen to The Spice Girls because it was  “Calgary thing.” 😉 That being said, I was exposed to a lot of country and old folk music growing up because of both Calgary, and living in the Yukon. I lived with my dad who loves Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and the lot, and so those were my favorites growing up as well! Also, because Carcross Yukon was such a recluse place with a lot of timeless history, I listened to classical music. It complemented the nature.




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