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lime Music Interview: Lisa Millett

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Lisa Millett

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Undoubtedly one of the top vocalists and songwriters in house music today.

Lisa has spanned two decades working with the who’s who of dance, from the early years with the likes of Paul Oakenfold and Frankie Knuckles to the present day with DJ Spen, Jamie Lewis and Juan Kidd. The Leicester-born vocalist comes from a background of classical music, jazz, roots & soul and progressive rock. Ever present on the international live circuit, Lime caught up with Lisa about her hot new release ‘Where Were You’ with David Anthony. 

‘Where Were You’ is your new release with David Anthony, and can you tell us how you guys hooked up and if you're excited about this new tune?


We met through a mutual acquaintance, whom we were both working on the same song for. As we hadn't met, we were getting all our direction from this third party, who some how had managed to get us to the point where we were ready to come to blows! We'd both got fed up with not hearing feedback direct from the horse's mouth so David and I met to try and sort out the song and our differences. Well, it took about 2 minutes to realise we were on the same page and someone else liked to stir! From there on we got on like a house on fire, finished the song the way we'd both agreed on all along. Needless to say the acquaintance is no longer an acquaintance and David and I are like brother & sister, very close. So we can thank that third party for that I suppose!  


I know we're both really proud of "Where Were You?" House music has been going through a confusing time over the last few years, with the boundaries being blurred and direction being really difficult to decide on, especially when you see the entire music industry has got so caught up in trying to follow the latest trends to stay in the game.  We both got tired of trying to figure out what sells and what people want (I've come to the conclusion people don't know what they want until they hear it!), when really all we want to do is make the music we love. That might well be a cliché, but it is the truth! If it sells well then that's a bonus. I love this track, It's truly me, the type of writer that I am and it's a song I'm happy to sing.  


What do you think makes your songs stand out and last the test of time as I predict this one will? 


I like that prediction... Melody, sing-ability and a really great groove on the perfect bass-line & a good story. I like to tell a story. The listener doesn't have to understand it, they can read into it what they will.  Where Were You? Is a grower, as I think many of the songs I've written are. You might not get it on first listening but you will...


How did you get your start as a singer and when did you get the desire to give it a try? 


I've pretty much always sang from childhood, and I studied classical music and singing until I was 20 and the same with jazz until I was 25. I've been playing in bands and choirs since my early teens and I started making records in my late teens. It's in my blood. I can't do anything else. Besides I'm too old and set in my ways to change now [smiles].


What’s been your motivation as a singer and what still drives you? And how would you describe your vocal style? 


The driving force is definitely live performance. There's nothing like it - it's the best legal non-toxic high you can get! Style wise, it's tough to say. I style the vocal around the song I'm singing.


Of all the accolades/accomplishments you’ve achieved over the years, what would you say has been your proudest moment? 


Not sure I've had my proudest moment yet, but there's been many many things that I'm been proud of though. My first record deal, my first arena gig, my first festival, my first TOTP, my first Ibiza gig. The proudest moments keep coming.


As an artist you’ve worked with some of the world’s biggest producers. Is there something about certain producers in particular that inspires you?  And of all the producers that you’ve worked with – is there one that has stood out to you the most? Or a favourite experience? 


It's been those that have been musicians or DJ's as well as producers that are the inspirational ones. Production skills are important of course but I'm much more interested in how they make me feel when they play or we play together. As always it's the live thing for me that makes it exciting. 


How do you like to spend your time when you’re not on stage? 


Friends and family, I like being with people. 


What’s the best thing about your life at the moment?  


I can work when I want on what I want with who I want. Can't be bad eh?


What’s next for you?  

I am finishing my album and it's taken me the best part of twenty years to put out an album (even though there's quite a few sitting on hard-drives!). 



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