Q. What’s the name of your artist project? What’s the origin of that name? Have you changed the artist name before?
Answer: My artist name is Lyla Bull, Bull is my original surname which is really strong anyway so I kept it; the origin of Lyla is that my real first name is the name of a lot of singers in the industry and I wanted something new and fresh- my Mum’s last name is Lyle so I decided to manipulate that and after looking it up I saw that it meant ‘girl born at night’ which I thought was mysterious and I really liked the way it sounded with Bull.
Q. What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
Answer: I have always loved Soul, RnB, Hip-Hop, Rap and Pop and singers such as Beyonce, Rihanna, Anderson Paak, Cardi B, Justin Timberlake, Anthony Hamilton, D’Angelo etc. I also love producers such as Dr. Dre and Timbaland. My two songs out at the moment are both dance/house songs, I think it’s really cool to add an RnB vocal to a dance track and dance is becoming massively popular in the UK charts with big artists such as Dua Lipa, Rita Ora and Anne Marie creating amazing dance music.
Q. Do you have a record label? Are you a member of any music organizations?
Answer: I am not currently signed to a record label but I have recently got a manager and I am doing a lot of things myself but obviously, the tracks were released by an independent label ‘Let There Be House.’ I think it’s so amazing that even massive artists like Chance the Rapper are not signed and just have management and can be so successful; I am a bit of a perfectionist so I like having that control over the music and what I am involved in at the moment haha.
I am a member of PRS and I recently discovered only 16% of PRS membership is female so I hope more girls get their music registered on there and protected.
Q. Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
Answer: My music making process is different everytime, but I tend to be influenced by something I have heard or seen or things going on in my life/ family or friends lives at the time and write about that. I am heavily influenced by girl power and girls encouraging and empowering other women and being treated equally to men so I tend to write a lot about that.
Sometimes I write the lyrics and melody independently and they come to me first, sometimes random words come to me in the strangest places and times and I have to get up in the middle of the night and write them all down!
I also love to co-write with other talented songwriters or if I am in the studio with a producer and they have a particular idea, lyrics come to me from what I feel from the music.
I read a lot and get a lot of interesting ideas from plots in books which are unusual and turn them into lyrics that are not just a basic love songs- they have to have some kind of twist or double entendre.
Q. What has been your biggest challenge as an Artist? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Answer: My biggest challenge has initially been doing everything for myself on a tight budget – photos/ content for social media etc and also just trying to get my music heard by the right people and getting them interested in me as an artist without help or contacts within the industry.
I have overcome this by using friends around me to help with things that I haven’t done before- I think it’s so important to involve friends who have talents in other places with the music side and help them in return; there are so many talented young people out there who are not being put to good use through lack of opportunities in the creative or even general industries which needs to change. This generation needs to help each other and it shouldn’t just be about nepotism.
Build your team around you with people you trust.
Q. What’s the ultimate direction for you? Are you seeking fame and fortune?
Answer: My whole life has been about music and this is all I have wanted to do from a young age, simply because I knew it was something I was good at and it made me feel better to write my feelings down and express myself that way through singing. I think music is such a massive part of the World as a whole and has a lot of meaning for people from all walks of life going through various things, good and bad making everyone feel less alone. Obviously now as an adult, my ultimate aim is for people to hear my words and music and I want to do a job that I am passionate about. However, fame and fortune would be nice too 😉
Q. How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
Answer: I have Instagram, Twitter and Spotify for fans to see the things I get up to and follow my journey and more music and great collaborations will be coming very soon.
Q. What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands or becoming an independent artist?
Answer: Belief in yourself and your music, so many greats have been turned down or told they are not good enough- you have to have a thick skin, be strong and keep going things go up and down and you need to ride the wave and not get disheartened.
Nowadays you can do so many things yourself so just work hard every day with a goal in mind.
Q. Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?
Answer: My Mum, Dad, and friends have always been very supportive which is really helpful and picked me up when times were hard so I am grateful to them and a massive thanks to Spotify for championing the music and including it in some of their amazing playlists.
Q. Any last words you would like to give to our readers and your fans?
Answer: Please follow me, like my posts, keep listening to my music, don’t drink too much tequila and diets are boring- eat that cheeseburger 😉