LARY is a force of nature. She is beauty. She is style. She is a big talent, with a fresh sound and the voice of angel. Unfortunately for those of us living in the United States, you may not have the pleasure of knowing all of these things about LARY yet … but you should and you will. Based in Berlin, she released her debut full-length album #FutureDeutscheWelle last month to nothing but rave reviews from the German press. We at the Arcade love what she’s doing, and we highly recommend you go out and get a copy. She is on the brink of something really big, melding new sounds and a new energy, this artist is poised for worldwide acclaim. As you know, the Arcade has never been about one block, one city or one country – we’re about the globe. I was honored when LARY decided to sit down with me to talk about the music and the vision behind her latest work. Watch her latest video ”Kryptonit” here and check out our exclusive interview below.
You’ve always had this really great look about you, it’s effortless and easy. How would you describe your style?
Thanks! Somewhere between 90ies, rock n roll streewear and hippie probably.
Let’s get into the music. Outside of having great style, you’ve made some great music. How do you describe your sound?
I’d say danceable melancholy.
How did you came to make music your life.
I’ve always been a performer and writer, so all the parts of bringing a song to life just happened to be the best way for me to express myself
Where you do call home? How does this influence your sound?
Berlin. Berlin is very free in every way you could think of. I think as an artist that brings you very close to your authentic self cause you can’t really hide behind a certain common habitus.Berlin is pretty much whatever you want it to be, which results in being who you actually are…or at least looking for that person.
What’s got you excited about music right now?
Nothing really, but there’s gonna be a new season of Twin Peaks, I am excited about that a lot, also musically.
Tell us a little bit about your debut album, #FutureDeutscheWelle? What has it meant to you as an artist?
It’s my first album, so it feels a little bit like my whole life is in it. It came naturally but, for me personally ,it was really good to live a little and then do this album. I knew exactly how I wanted to sound and what I wanted to say, which made it an album that is very true to myself and to who I am and what I experience, which is super dope I think.
What can you tell us about ”Kryptonit.”? What’s the story behind the video, the concept?
Kryptonit is the second part of a music film, the first part ‘Probem’ was releaed alongside my albuma couple weeks ago. We originally went to Cali to shoot two videos not really knowing what was gonna happen, there was no script or anything. I think it was more about the journey and 4 creative homies and a vision. Joey Elgersma , the creative director and I are longtime friends and also Stephan Wever who shot it and Paul Ward who took pics, have been part of the Berlin crew for a while. We wanted to create something real and authentic, a visualization of who we are and what we are into. And we wanted to be free and have fun, so we basically just went on a roadtrip and with the flow. It was a fucking trip! Low budged but big balls and it was so worth it, that was probably one of the most intense experiences I made this year and I love how it all came together in the end. It feels like one big popculture supernova reality show to me when I look at it now.
Let’s talk about “crossover”. Does appealing to a US market matter to you?
Of course it does, but I’m taking it step by step , everything in it’s own time I am not pushing it right now.
Do you see yourself in the states more?
I see myself in the sun more.
What’s up next for you? Any projects we should be looking out for?
I am going on tour in Germany this month, which I am very excited for and am already back writing and working on new music so look out for that.
And one last question, it’s a big one … Janet or Madonna?
Janet. Every day of the year.