Into the Wild with LP
June 13, 2012, 4:40 pm
LP looks like a Patti Smith for the 21st century. The singing, the recognition -- they weren't part of any big plan.
Steve had the pleasure of running into LP at Bonnaroo last Saturday. He was broadcasting live on KINK, and we caught that convo for you, below.
Laura Pergolizzi's dad was a lawyer. Her mom sang opera, but gave it up when she had a family. Growing up in New York, they listened to oldies, not pop radio. But after her mom passed away in 1997, Pergolizzi finished high school, moved to Manhattan and found music was what made her happy.
"I didn't know anybody, I didn't have any connections," she said. "The first time I wrote a song, I couldn't really believe -- 'Can you just do that? You're just allowed?' I never thought about songs on the radio, and who wrote them."
She was first signed as an artist on Island Def Jam, then RedOne. The deals never shook out, but she gained a reputation as a writer who could churn out dozens of tunes to suit any voice or sound. She wrote Rihanna's "Cheers (Drink to That)" and chunks of Heidi Montag's album, "Superficial." Christina Aguilera and Backstreet Boys cut her work. There are songs in the works with Joe Walsh, Rita Ora and Isa Summers from Florence and the Machine.
Writing was so demanding that she left New York in 2010 and moved to Los Angeles. She'd show up to sessions with a ukulele -- a $60 instrument she'd taught herself to play using Beatles songs posted online -- and strung together melodies and lyrics that worked.
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