The 22-year-old pop star on the rise Olivia Lunny is building her momentum with non-stop hits and with a huge forthcoming album to drop on July 9th.
Tell us about your latest single ‘Sad To See You Happy’, how was it working on it, and what is the story behind it?
“Sad to See you Happy” was built upon a guitar loop. That playful vibe then inspired the fun syncopated chorus! This song took about 4-5 hours to write, and it all flowed so easily and organically.
In my experience, the best songs always come together when you can avoid overthinking. This song is so fun and honest and explores the theme of FOMO after a breakup. I hope listeners can belt “Sad to See You Happy” in the car and feel comforted if they’re going through a similar situation. This song is upbeat and vibrant. perfect for summer days and good vibes!
Who have been the people who influenced you the most and from whom you were inspired?
Growing up my parents would play music 24/7. Early on I was influenced by Norah Jones and Fleetwood Mac. As I grew older and started going to concerts, Coldplay became one of my favorite bands! As for inspiration- I often draw from my own experiences and the environment around me.
What inspired your mega single ‘Think Of Me’ and what do you hope to communicate with this single?
The common themes and emotions surrounding heartbreak inspired this song. In my own experience, I’ve felt that “cliches” prove to be accurate when going through a breakup. “Think of Me” pulls from this and asks the question a lot of us ask ourselves at the end of a relationship- “do you think of me?” Tyler Shaw and I initially wrote this idea which led to AJ Healey bringing it to life musically.
In light of the Coronavirus, do you think the music industry that has suffered tremendous damage by eliminating festivals, closed clubs, and of course, the loss of livelihood to musicians will change the face of the music industry as we know it?
It’s evident the music industry like many other industries have experienced the negative effects of this pandemic. Although we will never be able to get that time back, I do think the ability to adapt and explore alternate ways of connecting with audiences was a positive thing. We saw the world come together and communicate more than ever on social platforms. Live stream concerts were held to continue the spread of light in this darkness. This time was truly a moment to boil back down to the basics for our industry. It reminded us why music and songs themselves are so important… They universally connect us all and guide us through trying times.
Who is the next artist you would like to collaborate with?
I’ve always been a huge fan of Ed Sheeran. His songwriting skills are unmatched so that would definitely be a dream collaboration of mine!
From all the singles you’ve released so far, which one still makes you excited every time you hear it?
It’s so hard to pick a favorite but I would have to say my song “Bedsheets”. I’m really proud lyrically of this song so hearing it makes me happy.
What are your goals for this year?
With my debut album coming out this summer I’d love to reach as many new listeners as I can! I feel this album truly has a song on it for everyone and I’m so excited to share that with the world.
What excites you most about being a singer and performing around the world?
Bringing joy to people globally ignites the spark in me. Some of my most memorable moments have been from attending concerts, If I connect by sharing my music with others that’s ultimately my biggest goal.
You and many of the artists share their daily lives on social media, how important is exposure and connection to the audience for you?
In times where people are experiencing isolation I think it’s so important to stay active on social media and remind others they are not alone. I’ve been missing connecting with people so much this past year, and I cannot wait to eventually get back to playing shows and sharing those moments of connection with everyone!
You are an inspiration for lots of people around the world, including artists, music producers, and music fans. What message would you like to send them during this difficult time?
Be Persistent, and use this time to take extra care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and soul will translate in everything you do! x