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Cuddle inside away from the cold and feast your ears and eyes on this:
LACEI is a musical duo based out of LA. Viktor Ahlgren and Jessica Lombardozzi came together after meeting in business class, both bringing unique musical aspects to their project. Their music merges musical concepts, genres and styles that give LACEI a truly novel sound. Viktor (Vik) and Jessica (Jess) took the time to answer some questions about the origin of LACEI, their debut EP, 11:11, and their concert venue wishlists. Check it out!
MFL: How did the two of you come together to make LACEI and what is the meaning of your musical project’s name?
Jess and ViK (J&V): First, it’s great to be connecting with Music For Lunch; always amazing to be involved with supporters of the arts and upcoming artists.
ViK: We met in a music business class at our university and started to collaborate. I believe the initial origin of the name Lacei may have been inspired from Jessica’s obsession with Flyleaf lol, but then it definitely just fit the persona of the music we were creating.
MFL: I love the unique sounds that you have merged in LACEI. There is something gentle and folk-like about the vocals but it is meshed flawlessly with the kind of electronic music that is flooding the music sphere right now, creating something so innovative. I feel like “Cold Moon” is the perfect example of this. What kind of music-listeners are you trying to reach with this new sound?
Jess: Thank you very much. It seems that you understand what it is we are doing. We do not like to create boundaries or categorize, therefore we want to reach anyone and everyone that can relate to our stuff.
MFL: What is the overarching story you are telling with 11:11 and what is the significance of the EP title? 11:11 was always the time that I would make a wish when I was growing up!
Jess: We kept on seeing the numbers 11:11 everywhere, and I mean everywhere lol. In fact, the night we were discussing EP titles Viktor randomly looked at his phone and there it was again. So, we figured that was a sign haha. The spiritual meaning of 11:11 is that it is a sign of doing something right and being on the right path.
MFL: In your opinions, who are the musicians that are making waves today and how do they differ in sound and content compared to the musicians you grew up with?
J&V: Bon Iver. His latest album is a master piece. Vernon was able to create something unique and innovative with all this new sound and texture while at the same time keeping the ‘folky feeling’ as Bon Iver is known for. The album is also very short, only 34 min, which also is not very common, and the songs titles are crazy.
Another artist that is making waves is DJ Dahi who we have been privileged to work with. Dahi is an amazing producer and his tracks are always very interesting. He can bring out something different and unique in the artists he is working with and his beats always stands out from the rest.
MFL: Are there other songs in your musical treasure chest besides the four that appear on the 11:11 EP? If so, why didn’t they make it onto the EP?
Viktor: Yes! We have a huge repertoire of songs. But we thought these four records were enough to get the listeners an idea of what LACEI is while not revealing too much, leaving them interested in hearing more.
MFL: What do each of you bring to LACEI that is unique?
VIktor: Jess is amazing with topline, I’m working the tracks… we meet in the middle on melodies. Also, I’m a male, she’s a female; that always brings unique perspectives.
MFL: Why is LA your musical hub and how, if at all, does the culture influence your music?
J&V: LA is where we met, live and go to school. We are hitting the road to explore the world. We love to travel!
MFL: If you could pick your top 5 cities/venues to play in the world, where/what would they be?
- Coachella – because it’s Coachella haha.
- Glastonbury (England) – Looks like a super dope festival.
- Way Out West (Sweden) – because Viktor is from Sweden and he has always wanted to play back home.
- Hollywood Bowl – because it is such a chill venue and we saw Bon Iver there and it was absolutely amazing.
- Red Rocks Amphitheater – it just looks crazy.
MFL: If I were to dig through the music you listen to personally, what do you think would be the most surprising find?
Jess: Binary beats. Does that count as music? lol
ViK: That I am a huge fan of folk music haha.
MFL: Where and when can your fans find you playing live in the next couple of months?
J&V: Currently in the studio working hard on the album and hitting the road in the new year.
Singer-songwriter, Leah Nobel who is based out of Nashville, took on a large endeavor for her new record. The project is called, Running in Borrowed Shoes. For this project, Leah interviewed 100 strangers about their lives, how it felt to be human, when and how they feel “fear, loss, joy and success.” Leah traveled around with a simple sign that read:
Come talk to me!
I am interviewing people on topics of joy, loss, fear, vulnerability etc. AKA, how does it feel to be human?
Not only did she interview people near her geographically, she also utilized social media to reach out to people across the world. From these interviews, she pulled the common threads from the lives of these strangers, who really aren’t that strange, because they are humans, too, and created textures, themes and concepts for the tracks on her new record. About the record and the concept behind it Leah said:
“What I love most about writing songs is not just the act of expressing myself. What I love most is when someone tells me that they too, relate to what I’ve written. I love the community that songs create. They make us all feel a little less alone”.
Check out the promo video:
The first single off the record is titled, “Christmas In My Mind.”