LYNE has just released her new EP Bipo Feels. The 23-year old London-based Belgian Congolese songstress presents an expansive R&B offering in her work, with lush afrobeats, soul and rap sensibilities sprinkled across the new release.
LYNE Talks About Her New EP
AC: Let’s talk about your new EP Bipo Feels. What does this body of work mean to you?
LYNE – We say that there is a thin line between love and hate and I totally believe that. Intense love can seem so lasting and forever that it’s almost surrealistic when we realize how quickly it can turn into anger. I want this EP to be a message of support to anyone feeling that confusion about what their heart is saying, at times. The EP is a rollercoaster, as it goes through different emotions I felt at the time. Bipo comes from bipolar, to demonstrate how quick loving comes and goes.
AC: In the studio, do you have a fear you’d like to conquer?
LYNE – Sometimes before recording, I wouldn’t always feel comfortable having people hanging out in the room. When recording I like my peace and intimate space. However, this is not a fear but a preference.
AC: What about outside of the studio?
LYNE – I don’t really have a fear like that in music, I always get the stage nerves before a gig but that excites me more than anything else. Other than that, I don’t really feel at ease swimming in the middle of the sea. I always picture fish and other creatures by my feet. I hate that.
AC: Where does the creation of a song begin for you?
LYNE – I get inspired by my day to day life. Conversations with people, even what someone could live as well as my own experiences.
AC: Who do you feel inspired by in the music industry?
LYNE – Alicia Keys is definitely someone I look up too. She has been my R&B crush from a young age. Not only musically but I admire her as a respectful woman from the industry.
AC: As a music artist, what are you still trying to learn?
LYNE – I am constantly trying to improve my vocal techniques, develop my range and really focusing on developing my sound. I am also beat making here and there, which is also something I want to get better at.
Talking About Social Media, Technology & The Future
AC: Everyone seems to have an app idea at the moment, what’s yours?
LYNE – To be honest, if I had a crazy idea, one thing for sure is I wouldn’t share it with the world like that right? [Laughs]
AC: How important is social media to you right now?
LYNE – Social media has always been an effective tool for me in my music career so I am focusing on growing my audience on platforms. Now with the lockdown, It becomes unavoidable. I will be doing more Instagram Live performances since gigging is not an option.
AC: Ahead of a gig, do you have any pre-show rituals?
LYNE – Yes, I steam, do vocal warm-ups and do a rehearsal with my brother and producer D.E.W.I, who DJs and plays live with me on stage. Of course, making sure my outfit is on point, going on stage is a time for me to shine in that sense too.
AC: What do you want the world to look like in 10 years?
LYNE – Cleaner? If the world keeps on not respecting the environment, nature and creatures will no longer live. With everything that is happening at the moment with COVID-19, I believe this is also a message from above that humans need to realize things and make a certain change. I hope we figure it out. Other than than, Maybe we will have developed a totally new music genre?
AC: If you had the chance to put something on billboards worldwide next week, what would it be? Or what would it say
LYNE – BIPO FEELS – LYNE – OUT NOW!