Laynah - Producing Yourself [EP.18]

Laynah talks about learning to produce her own music as a singer-songwriter while moving between BC and Montréal.

Laynah - Producing Yourself [EP.18]
Laynah contributed the original photo for this episode. Elena Samuel is the photographer.

On the Rhythm Changes Podcast, Laynah talks to me about learning to produce her own music as a singer-songwriter, moving between BC and Montréal, and many other influences on her mind.

We talked about:

  • What Laynah has learned from making 15 solo singles to-date
  • Performing for the microphone
  • Worrying about people judging you for your music
  • Why photography is one of the arts
  • Laynah’s early-2000s pop song landmarks
  • Learning about freelancing and production from working as a photographer
  • Which jazz artist her mother usually put on at home
  • How Laynah and I go way back to the same high school band program — with Kelly Proznick & Steve Clements, plus more great music teachers
  • The point when Laynah switched from mostly playing trumpet to getting excited about choir
  • Her feelings on scatting and a cappella music
  • Starting to write songs and play guitar in Montréal
  • What she's learned from her partner, Jesse Daniel Smith
  • How her cover of Keith Urban’s song “You’ll Think Of Me” came to be
  • The guitar techniques that opened her mind to learning the instrument more deeply
  • What’s different about how she and Jesse will approach living and home-recording in Montréal now, after a two-year move back to BC
  • The kinds of places they frequent in their Montréal neighbourhood
  • Martha Wainwright’s new local venue
  • Keeping up with the scene on Instagram
  • Why Laynah and I both appreciate YouTube
  • Her most-viewed YouTube videos so far
  • What she’s got in the works
  • Why she and Jesse avoid worrying about their career trajectories, and artists
  • What artists should consider spending money on first
  • The Sheryl Crow covers Laynah did at her first gig
  • Why she likes Phoebe Bridgers’ music