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Interview - Lioba

A child prodigy, Lioba started making music at the age of seven on her piano, and began performing concerts with her mother around northern Germany. After Lioba made the decision to pursue a solo career in music after being in an indie band, she wanted to make the music she could fully express herself through.

Lioba returns with her brand-new single 'At the Pool' which is a feel-good, chilling but happy alt-pop track. Featuring bass synthie, percussion, and noise samples, it compliments her beautiful vocal range that will capture the listeners attention from the very first beat. The track will feature on her forthcoming debut album, Magnolia, that will be released in early 2023, via Duchess Box Records.

We sat down with Lioba to discuss her music and much more. Here is what she had to say:

Hey Lioba, welcome to FLEX! How are you?

I’m good.

Congratulations on your latest single 'At the Pool’ - what inspired this particular track?

The album is about cheating from the perpetrator's point of view and 'At the Pool' is the song where the cheating happens.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song? No, there wasn’t this one event for this song. There was a moment at the end of 2019 where I had this thought that my album is going to be a concept album with this theme and the thought included that I have to write a song about “the night where it all began”.

And do you have to be in a certain mood to write?

Yes, mostly I have to feel melancholic to write

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track? The video is ready and it’s waiting to be published. How was the recording and writing process?

I started to write the text in the middle of nowhere in Bali where I spend some time alone. When I was back in Hamburg I told my producer what kind of feelings I wanted to express with the song and for our next session he brought the instrumental sketch on which I immediately started to sing. For viewers that don’t know Lioba, how would you describe your sound? I always say that my music is something to cry and not to dance. But the album is different. It’s varied – you’ll hear piano ballads next to drum-and-bass with strings and maybe you could dance to one or the other song. In any case, nod your head. What’s the music scene like where you live? So, I spend the whole summer in a little house in the countryside and here is nothing but nature. Next to the flat I usually live in Berlin is a nice spot for street music and most of the people enjoy it when I play. And yeah, Berlin has a colorful music scene but I haven’t explored much yet.

And what are some of those activities that you engage yourself in when you aren't writing or recording in the studio?

Painting, yoga, going for walks, cooking, travel…

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