We've been so excited to release this fantastic interview with LANTRNS and although we've been stuck in the middle of a transitioning period, we're happy to finally publish this work today.
In this interview not only to we dive deep into the creator of LANTRNS' mind, we also pick apart the creation of their latest works, and music video for 'Gold Thread' which you can watch below.
"While still in their infancy, the Brooklyn based dark electronic indie pop band LANTRNS has been in a perpetual state of evolution. Kaitlyn Mills (vocals, keys) has remained true to her musical vision while transitioning through a series of lineup changes. Joined by Sridhar Ravichandran (ex-Heliotropes) on guitar and Katie Pierce (Pierced, Phantom Posse) on bass keys, the band immerses audiences in their haunting atmospheric world of sound."
Could you introduce yourself?
Sure, hello! My name's Kaitlyn, and I'm the founding member of LANTRNS.
Why the name LANTRNS? What's the story bahind the name?
When the project first formed, I spent awhile thinking about what I wanted from the band name. I specifically wanted only one word, something that would be easy to remember. The word 'lanterns' just came to me one night and it stuck. I associate lanterns as imagery that is vaguely gothic and ethereal, so I felt the word resonated with the band's sound.
What’s your life philosophy? How do you try to apply that to your work?
As corny as this may sound, my philosophy is really to put good vibes out into the world, help implement progressive change as much as possible, and try not to dwell on what anyone else thinks. The latter really helps in terms of musical work because it allows me to just write and not second guess anything.
Could you tell us what you think makes you stand apart in the music industry?
I think what makes us stand apart, within the music industry at large and also specifically within the realm of Brooklyn's music scene, is that we're a truly electronic band. We don't have a drummer, but we have a guitarist. We blend instrumentation in a way that isn't common within our local scene, and it makes for an interesting and different live show.
How would you describe your music style? Do you feel like it reflects you?
I would describe the music as ethereal, dark verging on goth, and somewhat spacey. It definitely reflects my personality, almost to a T.
What are a few tips for other artists that might be reading this?
Don't follow the mold or be afraid to be different. It feels like every band is doing the same kind of thing right now, and it gets monotonous.
Could you tell us about the inspiration behind your track, 'Gold Thread'?
"Gold Thread" took many, many turns before it wound up in it's final stage, which is the track you hear in the video. Lyrically, it started as a typical song about an ex, but during one revision the words "tall tale" jumped out at me and I decided to rewrite the verses to be about a fairy tale. The song totally morphed into a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin through the perspective of the King. Musically it also used to have a key change and the choruses were in a major key, but then we decided it would be best to leave the entire story in a minor scale.
What's one thing that has to do with music that others might not know about you?
Hmm, I was vocally trained by musical theater teachers and spent the entirety of my teenage years performing in musicals and operas. It's something I don't partake in anymore, but it definitely had an impact on the way I sing and perform.
Do you have any rituals you do before you start your creative process for a new project, to get your mind and energy in the right place?
Not rituals per se, but it does take some time of being alone and messing around with my keyboard before I can really get into a writing groove.
What’s a typical day for you?
I'm juggling a ton of projects, so a typical day for me includes working at a casting company, writing pieces for the various outlets I contribute to, and working on music projects.
Coffee or tea?
Tea, for sure! Coffee has too much caffeine, I can't sit still if I have too much.
What are some of your goals for 2017?
This year I'm really looking for LANTRNS to play a couple cities outside of the New York market, that's my biggest goal for the band.
What makes you happy?
Honestly, few things in this world make me more happy than good food. Good food and good electronic music.
Any closing comments?
Thank you for taking the time to speak with us! We have some exciting things in store and can't wait to share them with you.