The Refrain Interview: Lucibelle

Alt Pop duo LUCIBELLE has just dropped their latest single, the dreamy, piano led indie-pop song “Sad Girl T_T”. The track deals with the effects of depression in every day life. We had the chance to interview Ryn from Lucibelle about the project.

Refrain Music Blog: Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. You have a new single out now. Tell us about it? What’s it called?

Ryn: Thank you for the opportunity! Our newest single is called Sad Girl T_T. I threw in a “vintage emoji” for fun.

RMB: What’s the single about? 

Ryn: In this song I attempt to express my personal battle with depression and how it affects interpersonal relationships, while at the same time calling for love and support for those who are going through a rough spot. True empathy for one another is so important and is often withheld in these situations due to emotional defenses.

RMB: What’s the story on how it was recorded? The Who, When, Where etc. Was it a long process or quick? Any good stories about the recording process? 

Ryn: Most of the time, new songs simply pop in my head and I have to grab a pen or my phone quickly before it slips away. Nine times out of ten, my lyrics are simply a coded journal entry. With Sad Girl, I kind of just sat down at the piano and started playing, and the song more or less wrote itself. We started with piano and the synths/pads using my Arturia Keylab MIDI controller into Logic. We used our AKGC414 microphone to lay the main vocal and background vocals. Robert laid guitar and added some bells and whistles and FX. He also did the mix.

RMB: Is it part of a larger album? If so, tell us about that. 

Ryn: We have mostly been focusing on releasing singles versus a full album, but I have been dying to release a big project. We just started working on one and I am stoked to see where it goes. We are definitely finding influences from the 80’s and modern alternative artists. 

RMB: When is that album out?

Ryn: It’s a secret!

RMB: How many songs on the album?

Ryn: That is a great question, to which I will say most likely between 5 and 10 songs.

RMB: Is this your first album? If not tell us about your previous work and how this differs from your previous work.

Ryn: This will be our first official album. When we first started out with LUCIBELLE, we kind of had a “jack-of-all-trades” mentality when it came to the genre. We experimented with different styles, landing on Pop Country for a moment, and then circling back around to what I would describe as “Southern Alternative Pop”. I think what we have now is the best fit and feels the most authentic for us.

RMB: Tell us a little about the band. Who are the members and what do you each play?

Ryn: I couldn’t be more excited about the band we’ve put together! Right now, we are a three-piece band with myself on vocals and keys/synth, Robert Sandifer Jr. on guitar, and Colin Vana on drums.

RMB: How long have you been together? When and how did you form?

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Ryn: We officially formed this year (2021). We met through mutual connections at our local music store. We started out as friends and then the band just kind of happened. I think it’s a perfect fit. We’re all very in sync musically and socially.

RMB: Have you had any significant line up changes recently? What happened and how is everyone feeling about it?

Ryn: Robert and I definitely felt the full affects of the pandemic and the halt our tour came to when everything shut down (we were touring together as an acoustic duo previously). I have to say, it worked out very well for us in a way because we’ve had the time to really reflect on where we’re going and what we want to portray through our music. As a band, we’ve mostly been in the preparation stages with getting new gear and learning/writing new songs, so we feel mostly excited for our next round of performances. I believe what we have coming will blow our previous shows away.

RMB: What’s the one thing you are most proud of in your career so far?

Ryn: I’m mostly proud of our musical evolution. When we started LUCIBELLE, I personally had a lot of growing to do in my style and writing, and I did most of the writing back then. It was more of a diary for me than a band. The longer Robert and I have written songs together, the more in sync we’ve grown.  I’m happy to see it become more of a collective effort. I’ve watched Robert experiment with different equipment and recording techniques and I am blown away by his intelligence and capacity for this line of work. I think the thing I’m most proud of is the band we’ve put together. I respect both Colin and Robert as musicians and feel lucky to work with them. I believe that collaboration creates the most beautiful work.

RMB: If you had to pitch your music to a potential fan in less than 10 seconds, what would you say?

Ryn: This is a tricky question! I know that there are so many different types of people in the world, and we aren’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea. I’d say, if you like vulnerability and introspection, give us a shot. Ultimately, I hope that our songs speak to people on a soul level and that they are left with the feeling that they’re not alone. 

RMB: What’s one piece of advice you’ve gotten that you think everyone needs to hear or that has meant the most to you?

Ryn: This is a great question. I’ll be honest, I’ve always been the type of person to learn things the hard way. If someone gave me advice, I’d take it into account for sure, but I wanted to see for myself. There’s something one-dimensional about second-hand information. I think the most wisdom I have accumulated over the years is through observing the people I looked up to, taking in what works and what doesn’t, and letting that influence my next course of action.

RMB: If you could go back in time, what’s a piece of advice you would give to a younger you?

Ryn: Oh… there are too many things I’d say to my younger self. If I had to pick one, I’d say that there are two types of people: those who seize opportunities, and those with regrets. Opportunities pop into your life like a small window, there for a moment and gone the next. Opportunities are not like doors. They do not always stand open and beckoning. Most of the time, the good opportunities come with inconvenience and conflict. You’ve got to just roll with the punches, because if you’re not willing to take on a challenge, you’ll never grow.

RMB: Anything we haven’t thought of that you want to talk about? Now is the time!

Ryn: I just want to say thank you, on behalf of LUCIBELLE for this interview. I hope you’ll all stick around for our next big thing! 

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