Los Angeles hip hop ace Lyda said on Oct. 25 in an exclusive interview with Long Island MMA Examiner Eric Holden that he's taking a small break from touring because he's focused on writing and recording his next project.
Lyda has been hard at work with his writing, but he kindly took a few minutes from his schedule to answer some questions about his music career. Here's what he had to say:
Q. Tell me about your most recent release.
Lyda: My most recent project is titled 'The North Shore.' I just wanted to release a power packed EP to kind of get the momentum moving my way and have some live show material. I set out for 5 songs but ended up with 7 that made the cut... Which was unusual for me.
Q. What is the inspiration behind your songs?
Lyda: The subject matter described in one word for this project was 'spiteful'. The album was primarily written about memories, experiences, victories, and loses associated with the small town I grew up in on Long Island, New York.
I tried to fuse some of the sound that I hold dear to me as 'my sound' with some of the other influences floating around from the last year or 2 and believe I've succeeded in that. My fans response has been awesome after the release. I've had a lot of new fans reach out and old fans are still liking the music. In my eyes that's what it's all about...keeping loyal devoted fans happy while inviting new people to join the journey.
Q. Have any shows planned for the year ahead?
Lyda: I have no shows planned for the upcoming months. I've been pretty focused on writing and recording my next project which will be a full length, full spectrum digital and tangible release. I would call this a small break from performing in order to write and assemble this album with intricacy.
Q. How would you describe your sound?
Lyda: Asking an artist to describe his/her sound is probably one of the hardest things to do. It's kind of like asking a person 'what famous person do you look like.' When I listen to myself I hear me. Only me.
But I can say my influences and inspirations are widespread and I believe that creates the sound of Lyda. My main influences in hip hop are Drake, Kirko Bangz, and Jayz. I also have a pretty extensive history in rock music. Some of my influences on that end are Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Thrice, and Muse.
When I write I can sometimes catch myself referencing these influences and putting them into my music. People that are familiar with all of the above would probably vouch for that.
Q. Where can fans check you out online?
Lyda: Fans can check me out online on mostly all social media platforms.
EMAIL: HighScoresENT@gmail.com for booking inquiries
I try my best to answer anybody who contacts me. I enjoy interacting with fans.