Lydia Hendrikje on her songs, inspirations and future plans
Jazz and blues singer-composer Lydia Hendrikje describes her sound as floaty, warm and inviting. Her music is versatile as she performs with artistes from all across the world. “I can’t help but move and dance, anywhere the music grooves,” says the German singer who is currently based in Mumbai, adding, “I like the smooth, slightly husky vocals in hip-hop, the pure, yet embellished vocals in Latin American folk songs, Brazilian sambas and old Hindi songs.”
Lydia released her debut EP, Forget, in early 2016. Her songs have signature easy, groovy beats. The track Forget has a haunting and dark melody, while Help Me Sleep has an indie quality. Her recent songs, Summertime and a cover of I Can’t Feel my Face, are quintessential jazz and blues tracks.
Lydia’s inspiration comes from growing up listening to everything from The Beatles to Michael Jackson. “I find a new favourite album every month and play it up and down. I am obsessive like that,” she confides, adding, “For the past two years, I have been obsessed with Kaytranada, a producer from Canada — I have his music on loop.”
At the Bengaluru gig this weekend, she is performing with Adrian D’souza on drums and Karan Joseph on the piano. “Playing with Kjo and Adrian is refreshing and adventurous. At the same time, we listen to each other and support each other,” she says. Up next, Lydia is working on her first full length album. She wants to collaborate with different musicians and producers from India. Coming up soon is also a video she recorded with a friend about Mumbai.
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