Lauren Dyson

Lauren Dyson

Multi-platinum selling, award-winning singer/songwriter Lauren Dyson has the magic touch when it comes to writing songs. Hailing from the UK, Lauren has found incredible success both as a writer for others and as an independent artist. She has recently moved to LA to focus on just that. Taking a quick break from world domination, Lauren sits down with us to answer 5 questions about pulling double duty, the importance of social media, and how to win a Japanese Grammy.

J: How do you walk the line between an artist writing for someone else, or writing for yourself?

L: This was really hard for me in the beginning, because I thought I had to be two different people. I thought I had to kind of separate those two things. But I kind of realized over time that the artist is the writer and the writer is the artist, so as long as you can detach yourself emotionally enough to know that a song is not for you, you can still put yourself into it. I pretty much am the artist and the songwriter at all times.

J: That is some Matrix-type shit. The artist is the writer and the writer is the artist.

L: And once you realize that they’re not fighting each other you can really live peacefully. It took me many years to get to that point.

J: Speaking of many years, what made you move to LA?

L: I’ve been going back a forth doing writing sessions for like four or five years, I had been living in Sweden at the time, and I just felt a calling to come here specifically for my artist career and my production team who really believed in me and I just kind of felt it was now or never to really pursue the artist side of me. So yeah that kind of brought me here.

J: Do you like writing to pre-existing tracks or starting from scratch?

L: Honestly I prefer starting from scratch because when I write a song I hear everything in my head, production, melody, I’m very specific about what I want. But also if a track is great and I have an instant vibe with it I love that too but primarily writing from scratch is my jam.

J: If you were to work 18 hours a day on music stuff, what percentage of that time is dedicated to your “artist” stuff and what percentage of that time is dedicated to writing, or your “writer” stuff?

L: Right now I’d say that I’m at a 50/50. I’m at sessions in the day, some of them are for me, some are for other people, and any spare time that I have is focused on the artist career, you know, social media, video shoots, everything like that.

J: Wow, that was a very good segueway, it’s almost like you knew the next question! How important is social media?

L: Unfortunately, it’s very important and is becoming ever more important. I don’t think it’s the basis for a career, but it’s very important because it’s the best way to connect with fans – like that’s the important part. Being instafamous is great but if you don’t have something to sell you know what I mean? It’s about artist and fan interaction. That’s why I want to build social media.

J: As an artist do you feel silly having to be sort of self-promoting? Is that part of the thing that makes it a little bit weird to you?

L: For me, I don’t like to share too much because I’ve just never been that person. I share with my friends and family so the difficult part for me is having to show literally “This is me brushing my teeth. This is what I do”… like people want to know because they can be in your world so easily.

J: See British people brush their teeth, despite what people might think. And we’re going to ask one more bonus question because this is like a total left turn… how does one go about winning a Japanese Grammy?

L: That’s a good question! I wrote a song, the first song I ever wrote actually, with a guy called Jörgen Elofsson in Sweden.

J: By the way tell people what Jörgen has written… He’s written a couple things here and there right?

L: Oh yeah, he’s done things for Britney Spears, he wrote “A Moment Like This” I believe, he wrote “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger” for Kelly Clarkson.

J: He’s also basically Max Martin’s mentor.

L: Right, yeah he’s an incredible guy, but we wrote this crazy Korean sounding pop song and it was my first ever cut, got me my first ever publishing deal, sold millions of physical copies, and ended up yeah… being a Japanese Grammy! Which is kinda cool, I feel!

J: It’s really cool! That’s how you win a Japanese Grammy! Thanks Lauren for taking the time here with and by the way… she’s on Mdiio! She’s a real Mdiio user!

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