Layke brings us dance-party beats with edgy, electronic undertones with new single ‘Tonight Can’t Be The Last Time’ But what does she have to say when Music Promotions interviews her find out in the interview below
1. What is the story behind ‘Tonight Can’t Be The Last Time’?
“Tonight Can’t Be the Last Time” or TCBTLT is a song about those moments where you meet somebody and you have an amazing connection and you just don’t want it to end. But you’re not sure how they feel about you and you definitely don’t want it to be the last time that you are together even if it’s the first time or the hundredth time you’re just drawn to that person and you want to be all about their world. So you know that it can’t be the last time. And you just want them to come closer and to feel everything about them and who they are. That’s the feeling of this song. It’s a vibe. It’s about those butterflies. It’s about the warm and fuzzies. I wrote it with an individual I was dating at the time in mind and we were getting to know each other and this was the feeling.
2. How long did it take to write it?
I wrote this song with Sarah McTaggart, Brandon Colbein, and my producer Adrian Gurvitz. We actually wrote the song in one session. It was one of those that just comes out so naturally the vibe was just there from the beginning. It was really amazing.
3.Can you tell us more about your EP ‘Frequency’?
‘Frequency’ is meant to take you to another place, another world. Like as if you’re in a dreamland going on an amazing cosmic journey with someone that you love or a best friend. And we all operate on a frequency and when you’re on the same frequency with somebody and they are with you you just get that energy and that feeling and it’s incredible and that’s what the EP is about. It definitely takes you somewhere. I wanted to make music that was going to make people feel deeply, make people want to get up and dance and move, and make people want to get up and change the state of the world around them to make it a better place. This EP is meant to affect people on a deep level and I hope it does that.
4. How long do you spend writing and recording?
Each song is its own special thing. Some take longer then others in the writing process and the recording process. Sometimes things that seem like they will be really easy to get the perfect performance on the mic on end up being more difficult. So this is a very hard question to answer. But with this EP we started writing the songs in June 2019 and we finished recording at the end of October 2019. Then it was off to mixing and mastering and getting all of the creative visual stuff together. Originally we were going to put the first single out in April but it was not the right time. There were many other things going on that needed to be addressed and putting out music was last on the list for sure with everything. But by the time July rolled around I decided it was time. It was time to put the art out into the world. People need art right now there is so much going on and it’s a really freeing and amazing place for people to go is into a place where they can enjoy themselves and I hope that my music does that for people.
5. What was it like to grow up in Dallas, Texas? What was the music scene like growing up?
Dallas was not an easy place for me to grow up. I was always very different. I did not abide by the status quo by any means so I didn’t really fit in and I was bullied and also expected to be a certain type of person and that’s not who I was. As for the music scene, I was very very lucky to meet a group of friends at a young age that were very into the punk scene in Dallas. Which Dallas had a really cool underground punk rock scene and there was this sometimes all ages club called the Galaxy club and we would go down there as kids and see every punk band that would come through from California and New York etc. and that’s literally where I found myself. If I had not have met those people and if I had not discovered punk rock I don’t know who I would be honestly. It honestly changed the course of my life. So while Dallas was a lot for me, the music scene was incredible and that’s probably why I am where I am today.
6. You’ve sung in punk rock bands, do you miss the band side of performing?
I still get the band side of performing. You still have to perform with musicians at some point like you will be on stage working with musicians. So that is a band and you are working with other people in a band to put out your solo music. So I’ve never missed the band experience. In fact I just did a live stream on August 28 and there was a guitarist, a keyboard/synth player, and a DJ on stage with me. It was so fun to rehearse and play live again even though there wasn’t technically a live audience but it was still amazing! And of course we took all the proper precautions. Everybody tested before hand for Covid and we were socially distance and wore masks etc. so it was definitely a different experience in that sense but once we started playing it felt exactly the same.
7. What music influences you right now?
I’ve always been super inspired by the 80s in the 90s. Hugely inspired by bands like the Cure and Depeche Mode. I’ve always been hugely inspired and influenced by Freddie Mercury and Queen. Also hugely inspired by Tina Turner. I love amazing performers. Also hugely inspired and influenced by Shirley Manson and Garbage. And I’ve always adored Janet Jackson. I love great songs and I love great performers.
8. What music are you currently listening to?
I’ve been listening to the new Chloe x Halle album ‘Ungodly Hour’. WOW sooooo good! Also I love Perfume Genius. Such a talent and I identify with them because I have Crohn’s disease as well. Sophie is really great! I love her music it’s so creative and original. And I said this in a few interviews but I’m super into the artist Kelechi. He calls his genre ‘romance pop’ and it just makes me so happy and makes me want to get up and dance every time I hear his song ”Forever Tonight”.
9. How have you been keeping busy during quarantine? what have you missed the most?
I’m keeping a pretty good schedule. I’m working out four days a week with a trainer in the morning so I stay on my stuff. It just gets my day set up right. I’m spending a lot of time with my dog Zoltan and he’s not mad at it at all. I’m making sure to stay aware, knowledgeable, and involved with what’s going on around me socially and politically by emailing, calling, and texting those in positions to make change, spreading information, having the hard needed conversations with those around me, and donating and doing whatever I can from home to help forward the movement that is happening right now. I have Crohn’s disease so I cannot be on the streets because I get sick very easily but there are still things that can be done. We all need to be doing our part. And then I’m working on the creative end for putting out the videos etc. for the releases of these songs. So I’ve been pretty busy actually.
What I miss the most is definitely just being able to go on a random afternoon with your friends to grab drinks and food. Those little moments that were just like simple that we took for granted. And also I miss giving the people I love huge hugs. And I miss my family because they live in a different state than me so I haven’t been able to see them.
10. Do you have live shows coming up when it’s safe to do them?
As soon as it is safe to perform again I will definitely be getting out there and getting this music on the road and onto stages. Performing is my number one favorite thing in the world so as soon as I can get back to it regularly I will! In the meantime I hope to be doing some more safe and socially distant livestreams 🙂
11.What was it like to work with Snoop Dogg?
It really was a dream. He was so kind and so professional and just such an easy person to work with. We had such a blast filming the video and I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better experience. He is a really awesome individual and I would be lucky to work with someone like that again. I can’t believe I even worked with him once!
12. Can you tell us more about the work you do with LGBTQIA+ community?
I am a gender nonconforming bisexual/pansexual individual. That’s why I wrote the song “BadThings”. The song speaks to my bisexuality/pansexuality on two different points. On one hand, the bi/pan community is not often taken seriously by the LGBTQIA+ community. Often as someone who is bi/pan you’re constantly feeling like you have to answer to someone or prove something and that’s just not all right. Conversely, the straight community often ostracizes you and makes you feel like a novelty. So you kind of feel like you don’t belong anywhere. And that’s what the song is addressing. At the time of writing it, I was having a bit of a hard time because of something someone had said to me regarding my sexuality and judgement from them and this song came out. And I realized there’s not really a song talking about biphobia or how bisexual and pansexual individuals often feel like people aren’t taking them seriously on either end. All I can do is speak about my experience as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. It’s a community that I feel very lucky to be a part of because in my opinion it is one of the brightest and most beautiful communities. But even within each community there are always going to be things and I finally was ready to talk about how I personally feel it feels to be bisexual and pansexual sometimes and the judgment that comes with it. From all sides. And I wanna bring some awareness to that.
13. What is next for you?
I’m currently recording some new music so I’m really excited about that. I’m still working on some videos for these releases so that’s exciting. And I’m just getting ready for the world to open up again hopefully next year so that we can start playing live on stage again. In the meantime I’m just going to try to stay safe and healthy and hope that all of this ends sooner than later but who really knows. All I know is that I will always be creating and I will always be an artist and nothing is ever going to stop that. Not even a pandemic.