Singer. Songwriter. Pianist. Performer. 16-year old Lydia Singer can seemingly do it all. For the past seven years, she’s been stealing the spotlight, beginning with a local singing competition when she was just nine years old. Now, the teenage sensation has her sights set on even bigger things.
From her appropriate last name to handling the music industry at such a young age, Lydia Singer spoke to IndustryMe about all things music.
With your last name being Singer, it’s almost like you were destined to sing. When did you first realize this was what you wanted to do?
When I was younger, like any other child, I would watch Disney films and of course sing along. After a while, my mum thought I had a good singing voice so found me singing lessons, and it was from that that other people started telling me I had a good singing voice. Plus, I loved singing, so I would do it all the time. My surname being Singer is a funny one because, when I first meet people, they don’t always think it’s my real name but a stage name instead, and, when I tell the it’s my real surname, there’s always a funny conversation to follow up on their opinion of it.
You were so young when you entered the music industry – and still are – how do you handle all the complexities at such a young age?
I’ve never thought about my age going into the industry. I would turn up to places and sing and didn’t know it was an industry where I could possibly go into. Obviously, I know a lot more now than I did when I was younger, more about processes, such as releasing my own music and understanding songwriting splits, producer points. I do have help from my manager and my mum, who co-manages me, and I have a trusted team around me now with lots of knowledge and all have been in the industry a long time
You’ve performed at some pretty major venues in the UK – what’s been your favorite so far?
I’ve performed at some iconic London venues, such as Notting Hill Arts Club, Cargo Shoreditch & even Ronnie Scott’s, and, when I see who’s performed there before they were famous, wow…I can only dream my picture will be on the wall of fame some day. My favourite so far, or the most different, has got to be performing for the Communist Party’s birthday party in Beijing this summer. It was all kept quiet and vague, even during dress rehearsal. I really wasn’t sure what the performance was about, and it was only when my mum showed me the programme did we really know. There was so much security that we were rushed in and out underground.
You’re being compared to amazing singers like Ariana Grande and Camilla Cabello – are you influenced by them at all or do you find inspiration elsewhere?
Both Ariana Grande and Camilla Cabello are serious inspirations, and I think so highly of both. Ariana Grande has been one of my idols from a young age, so it’s a real compliment when my vocal ability is compared to hers. However, I find inspiration everywhere – I don’t have one specific thing that inspires me. I never know what will catch my eye or what I’ll be intrigued by, so it’s always interesting to see who what inspires me when something or someone does something. One thing that does inspire me is how every single person is so unique and different. No one can do a better job at being you, so crazy to think like that sometimes, and it’s amazing to see how everyone is faced with decisions in life that will completely change it.
How has your music evolved since you first started out?
My music has changed massively since I first started out, just like my voice. Music has grown with me and continues to grow. It’s so exciting to see how much I’ve changed my style since a year ago or how much my voice has changed in 2 years. I’m always learning, learning how to be better, how to change my style without losing it. I learn from everyone I’ve had the pleasure of working with, so it’s nice to see the progress. I’m also now learning about music production in school and learning about different production sounds…I’m so glad I’ve my grade 5 music theory!
2018 has been a huge year for you – what can we expect for 2019?
Who knows what 2019 has in store for me, but I can’t wait to get back into the recording studio for more writing and to do some collabs. I know that it’s gonna be a busy year for sure as I’m also in my school acapella choir, Tring Park 16, who were winners of BBC Songs of Praise senior school choir in 2016, so there’s lots of performing both in and out of school! There is a good possibility I may be travelling in 2019, but we’ll have to wait and see, and I’ll post on social media any information about it nearer to the time.
Any final shoutouts or plugs?
Coming up before Christmas, I’m performing at:
15.12.18 -Tama Ra Soiree – Holiday Inn Bloomsbury
18.01.19 – Ice Rocks/Never Said single release – The Library, St. Martin’s Lane, London
02.02.19 – Music Of The Soul, West London TV – venue tbc
People can follow my socials, that’s where I post gig dates. My pages are all under lydiasingerhq on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. My website is www.LydiaSinger.com.
Big shoutout for those who support me on my journey and my trusted Management Team!
With singles like “Push Bang Bang” and “Out of Control,” Lydia Singer has already begun making waves, and 2019 will be the perfect opportunity for her to do so.