30 Seconds interview: Lily McKenzie

LilyMckenzieforwebWhat do the likes of Breakage, Wiley, Falty DL and Brackles all have in common?

Other than being exciting, innovative underground artists, it’s the vocal chords of Lily McKenzie. This singer songwriter and former Brit school student has honed her musical talents by being a vocalist for hire with a variety of production whizzes.

Live she’s been spotted at the likes of T in the Park’s ‘BBC Introducing’ stage, the BBC Maida Vale Studios, Ronnie Scott’s, XOYO and Yo Yo as well as featuring on SBTV’s A64 series.

Her debut EP proper – Support Machine – is due in the spring but in the meantime she’s shared her Where I Belong track. It’s the perfect introduction to a musical talent who combines a traditional songwriting background with a love for the garage and UK funky flavours of 1Xtra and Kiss FM. DJs Cameo, Target and EZ are all fans which are good signposts to how she sounds…

I first started writing music because…
There was always music in my house. I fell in love with the piano and writing poetry and started putting them together to create full songs.

I have been making music since…
I have been writing since I was seven, but cut my first record (a grime vinyl) when I was 15.

My music is…
Soulful and lyrical. It’s piano led, but fuses electronic elements.

You’ll like my music if you listen to…
Garage, minimal and acoustic.

My favourite venue is…
Brixton Academy.

Music is important because…
It allows me to express myself and gives me a purpose and focus in life.

My biggest inspiration is…
Aaliyah.

My dream collaboration would be…
The xx or Drake.

To try me out, listen to my song…
Where I Belong.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
A lawyer.

In 10 years time I want to be…
Touring, selling albums, writing with other artists and raising a family.

The Support Machine EP will be released 30 March

www.lilymckenzie.co.uk
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