- Ellie McGuire
Interview - Laroie
Laroie is the ambitious project from Gab Godon who is paving the way to reach people through her music that will make them feel good.
Having performed at the most prestigious festivals in Canada (Osheaga, Festival international de jazz de Montréal, CMW, NXNE), the artist released her debut EP in 2020. It featured soulful pop that she carefully crafted with producer Robert Robert. Her second EP, Speed of Life, produced by Gene Tellem, was released in September 2021. Laroie breathed new life into it with SOL REMIX SELECTION in February 2022.
Laroie’s brand-new and highly-anticipated six-track extended-play, Tragedy, summarizes the process of identity exploration and the events encountered to better refocus and align with her true self. She found herself at the end of her twenties not being truly faithful to herself. Whether in her interpersonal relationships, in her sexuality and her queerness, or in her relationship to life. Her big wings were curled up as she made herself smaller for the comfort of others.
We sat down with Laroie to discuss her music and much more. Here is what she had to say:
Hey Laroie, welcome to FLEX! How are you?
Hey FLEX! I’m good thank you.
Congratulations on your brand-new extended-play ‘Tragedy’ - what inspired this particular project?
This new EP is a very personal project that holds a special place in my heart! It’s a reflection of what I had to go through in order to reconnect and realign with my true self.
And do you have to be in a certain mood to write?
I definitely need to be grounde in order to have as much creative space as possible. If my head is spinning in all the directions, it’s hard for me to focus and fully connect to my writing.
How was the recording and writing process?
I did this EP with my longtime friend and collaborator Gene Tellem. We worked on the tracks in so many different settings, whether it was in a studio or outside of the city where I confined my writings in the middle of nature. The creating process was very therapeutic for me.
For viewers that don’t know Laroie, how would you describe your sound?
I’m for sure in an electronic universe with my music but it's also very R&B. There’s a lot of 90s/2000s in my songs and melodies and you can hear House, Dance, Trip Hop, IDM, Soul and Drum and Bass inspirations throughout the project. I don’t like to be associated with just one musical box.
And what are some of those activities that you engage yourself in when you aren't writing or recording in the studio?
I love to go dancing or go to a record shop to discover new tunes.