On October 10, US songwriter and breakout indie musician Lindsey Jordan, aka Snail Mail, will make her Hong Kong debut, performing at Yau Tong music venue This Town Needs. She took time out of her busy European tour to talk to Young Post about her debut album Lush, released earlier this year.
Lush has only been out a couple of months but has already been tipped for many end-of-year lists. How does it feel getting such critical acclaim on your debut?
It’s great to see so many people resonating with my work, but I try not to let it become a part of my creating process. It doesn’t matter if feedback is good or bad, I find that I work the most honestly and efficiently when I rely entirely on my on instincts and my own rules for what works and what doesn’t!
Why did you decide to work with music producer Jake Aron, who has worked with bands like MGMT, and what did he bring to the record?
I liked Aron right off the bat because he’s hilarious and really easy to get along with. He’s also well versed in pop music and has worked on quite a few pristine, hi-fi sounding records, which were all aspects I was initially interested in bringing to the project. His ingenuity and pop sense, throughout the making of the record, definitely helped elevate the album to its final form.
How has your life and your shows changed since signing with music label Matador last year?
I’m pretty much always busy and have had to put friendships, life events, and hobbies on the back burner, but learning to adjust to constantly being in motion has been formative and exciting.
Were they heavily involved in the album process, or was it a more hand-off approach?
Definitely more on the hands-off side of things.
What can we expect from your show in Hong Kong?
Hopefully a tight set, and not too much dead silence or embarrassing banter during tuning breaks.
Will you have any time to do any sightseeing?
I think so. I’ve always wanted to go to Hong Kong, so I plan to do as much tourism as possible.
Which songs are going down particularly well live?
I love playing Pristine and Let’s Find an Out.
What were the challenges you faced doing a DIY tour as a 17-year-old?
Getting kicked out of our own shows and/or being restricted due to being underage.
What advice would you give to any aspiring musicians?
Make music that speaks to you, and all else will fall into place (at least in some way). Whether you’re making music that will get your band popular or not, the songwriting process/playing the songs should be enjoyable and mean something to you, or else it will feel extremely unfulfilling and unworthy of the time and effort required to nurture a career in music.
Gluestick Entertainment presents Snail Mail, with support from Hutch hip hop DJ Eevee. Advance tickets are available from Ticketflap for HK$340, or for HK$380 on the door.
Edited by Nicole Moraleda