A talented songstress and a genuine individual, Lydia’s Mindy White recently took some time out of her busy schedule to help launch our new Q&A segment and discuss her solo material and singing with Anthony Green.
It’s been almost two years since your band Lydia released their second record. What have you been up to since the band finished touring?
We’ve been working on the new record and getting ready to go into the studio, and in the meantime, I’ve been working on my own solo music.
Why did you choose to record a few demos of your own?
I’ve always done my own music, even before I joined Lydia. Just gradually throughout touring I’ve gained more knowledge about writing I guess and been working constantly on songs. It’s just so much fun. If I didn’t have a creative output, I’d feel like I was going crazy.
Can fans expect an EP or solo release from you this year or in the near future?
Yes! I plan on releasing a record of my own sometime later this year hopefully!
Any chance you’ll rock out on the keytar?
Don’t plan on it! But definitely regular keys, guitar, tambourine, handbells etc.
As a musician, how mesmerizing can the piano be sometimes?
I think it’s the most beautiful instrument besides the voice!
Your most recent material was a duet with Anthony Green. How was it doing a rendition of the Winter classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with him?
Well I have been wanting to do a Christmas song for a while, but they can come across as super cheesy. I’ve always loved “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and it’s more of a Winter song instead of just a Christmas song, so I thought it’d be the best one to do. When I imagined the male on the track I immediately wanted Anthony Green on it but never thought it might actually happen. It worked out and I couldn’t have been happier.
Are there any other musicians you hope you can record with sometime soon?
I’d love to work with idols like Jeremy Enigk, Chris Martin, Jesse Lacey, Thom Yorke…pretty far-fetched but I can dream, right?
How often do you write lyrics?
Everyday pretty much. Its weird, I don’t feel I’m very talented with many things, but writing has always just came to me. English was always my favorite subject in school cause of the writing and I loved finding new words to describe something. Melodies randomly pop into my head all day long. A lot of times it wakes me up from sleeping and I roll over to my phone and open my “Notes” sections and type in the lyrics and melody so I don’t forget it in the morning. I’ve even had melodies I’ve written in my dreams and woke up bummed out because I couldn’t remember exactly what they were.
Better lyricist: Emily Haines or Thom Yorke?
Oh, that’s hard. I think Emily Haines has better lyrics sometimes because they make more sense in the song, but Thom Yorke’s melodies and overlapping harmonies dominate hers. He can say two words in the entire song and you’re just like “my goodness”.
You’re known to be very communicative with your fans. Is it hard as a musician to respond to everyone who adores your music?
It is. I think it’s even harder to express how much you really really do appreciate it and care about your new friends. A lot of times you get swamped and it’s literally impossible to answer every question or reply, especially when it’s the same question cause it makes you think you already did reply. But I love meeting new people as much as seeing familiar faces at shows or messaging us. It means the world to me that people want to keep in touch and enjoy what we do.
Do you miss touring?
Yes! Sometimes I feel like I’m going crazy from being off for too long. I can’t wait to be back out again!
Have you written anything with Leighton lately?
We write a lot together. I usually have ideas for the melody and lyrics for the song. We just mesh our ideas or if one of us has a better idea for the song, we run with that one.
What’s one set of lyrics that mean a lot to you on a personal level and why?
The song “Now The One You Once Loved Is Leaving” from our last album Illuminate means the most to me because I wrote all of it entirely about my ex-boyfriend and what went on and how no matter how much it destroyed me, in the end he really hurt himself much more.
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