NXTSTYLE’s 2020 Songs of the Summer: lennixx “Empty Room”
INTRODUCING NXTSTYLE’S 'SONGS OF THE SUMMER,' HIGHLIGHTING OUR FAVORITE TRACKS WE'VE DISCOVERED THIS SUMMER. OVER 70 SONGS FROM NEW AND INDEPENDENT ARTISTS FORM OUR SUMMER 2020 SOUNDTRACK. TODAY WE FEATURE LENNIXX. THE SWEDISH DUO HAS CREATED A SIGNATURE SOUND FOR THEMSELVES THAT WE LOVE SO MUCH. FROM HOW THEY MET, TO CREATING THEIR MUSIC, AND DISCOVERING THEIR FAVORITE SONGS, WE COVER IT ALL. GET TO KNOW LENNIXX IN OUR FEATURED INTERVIEW.
“Empty Room” is one of those songs that pulls at your heartstrings and seems like it can be relatable to others in different ways. Take us through the process of creating the song and what you hope others can take from it.
We created “Empty Room” in a very different way than we usually do, we had been working non-stop for many months and felt very drained and maybe not in the perfect state for creating music- we thought back then 😉
We left the song after getting half way through it and we took a bit of a break for awhile afterwards. When we came back to the same producer, we listened to the song and immediately felt like there definitely was something special about it. We added a lot to it and were so happy with how it turned out, that it came to be one of our favorite songs.
We hope listeners build their own story and connection to this song as we both also have different takes on it. We’ve heard that some think the song sounds very melancholic and for that we think people especially have their own connection to it, even though for us we wrote it about a beautiful love story.
“Bold Me”, your first single released this year along with “Empty Room” make up a 2-track EP that you released in July. Talk about the synergy of these two songs that led to releasing them together as an EP?
We felt like both songs complimented each other very well and were perfect releasing together, giving a more uptempo side and soft side of us to our listeners.
We don’t see these releases as an EP, we wanted to release ‘Bold Me’ as our first single this year and wanted to release more music accompanying it, so therefore “Empty Room” became a bonus track.
Going through the many songs you released since your debut EP ‘hapap’ in 2018, it’s pretty clear that you’ve created a signature sound that works so well. Soft melodic vocals backed by a minimalistic production. How did this sound come about and what do you think makes it work so well as as a duo?
Thank you! Our sound came about very naturally, it all started when we wanted to try and write our own music. Somehow we both were pulling the music in the exact same direction. We never really talked about what genre or style we wanted to do as a duo, something we maybe should’ve, but we both had very similar taste in music which probably is what made it go so smoothly and work so well. We just knew what we wanted and especially what we didn’t want to do. In the beginning we used a lot of references to artists we were inspired by and learnt what it was that we loved about them. After understanding what we were drawn to we created our own spin on it and wrote a lot of songs to keep evolving and somewhere there our sound came about.
The best thing about being a duo musically is that we have the advantage of two different voices, we love and use a lot of stacked vocals in our songs which is perfect when we are more than one person. It’s also great to use each others differences in range and sound in our voices to create a dynamic in our songs, it would sound a whole lot different if there only was one voice throughout an entire song.
``EMPTY ROOM`` NXTSTYLE'S 'SONGS OF THE SUMMER'
Take us through the beginning of lennixx. How did you both meet? Did you discover instant chemistry personally and professionally or did it take time?
We met when we were really young, 10 and 12 years old, at a dance school we both went to. We quickly found each other and their was definitely an instant click between us that made us become best friends, it took a few years for us to discover our partnership working together professionally. We would always sing together and for each other, coaching one another and then finally deciding that’d be fun to release a cover of us singing together on Youtube. After doing that we understood how well we go together vocally and as a duo. Our chemistry professionally grew overtime and especially when we started writing our own songs, that’s when we learnt how to really work together and what a perfect match we were when discovering that we wanted to do the exact same type of music.
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As we deal with a global pandemic we’re all coping in different ways. As artists living in Sweden I’m sure your experience has been different than those of us in the U.S. Have you learned anything about yourselves during this time? Do you see it impacting your songwriting?
Yes, Sweden has definitely been dealing with the situation differently then the rest of the world. We haven’t had to stop our daily life, we’ve still had the chance to keep working on our music. During this time we’ve been writing more than ever and we’ve had the time to really work on it. The live scene is something that the pandemic has taken out for the whole world, including Sweden, so we have had to cancel gigs just like everyone else. Upcoming writing trips to other countries have also been cancelled.
We personally think we’ve learnt a lot during the pandemic such as not taking things for granted, we never could’ve seen this coming and what it’d do to the world before and how much everything actually affects us. We’ve had a few setbacks which we’ll have to learn to work through.
You’re both natives of Sweden and we know that the music that comes from that region is out of this world. For those of us outside of Sweden, give us your view of the Scandinavian music culture and what you love best about it. Any artists we should keep a look out for?
Sweden is very well known for its great songwriters and producers in the pop world, we think a lot of the greatest pop songs are the ones written by Swedes. We also have some really amazing artists that sing in Swedish, which have been dominating the Swedish charts and radio for many years and are the most popular in Sweden.
OF THE TALENTED ARTISTS, SONGWRITERS, AND PRODUCERS OUT THERE IS THERE SOMEONE YOU WOULD REALLY LOVE TO COLLABORATE WITH?
We’d really love to travel outside of Sweden when the pandemic is over to meet and write with lots of different producers, musicians and artists. One producer we’d love to work with is Michael Uzowuru, he’s created a lot of amazing music.
As we head into the second half of the year what can fans expect from you for the remainder of 2020?
Hopefully another single or two! But we’re mostly working a lot trying to finish an upcoming album for next year, which is exciting.
lennixx's Top 5 songs this summer:
- Arlo Parks “Cola”
- KAYTRANDA “10%”
- SiR “Mood”
- Victoria Monét “Ass Like That”
- PARTYNEXTDOOR ft. Rihanna “Believe It”
Listen to all of our featured artist’s favorite songs of the summer on our special Spotify playlist.
lennixx’s ‘Firsts and Favorites’
First concert: Beyoncé
Favorite Album: SZA ‘Ctrl’
First song you fell in love with: “Unfaithful” – Rihanna
Favorite Concert: Solange at Way Out West
First performance: Kungsträdgården ’Putte i Parken’ festival in Sweden.
Favorite non-music app: YouTube
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