Podcast Episode

Laynah – Producing Yourself [EP.18]

Laynah 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.

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  • 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, and 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 learned from her partner Jesse Daniel Smith
  • How Laynah’s 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 Laynah and Jesse will approach living and home-recording in Montréal now, after a two-year move back to BC

“Every time we get a new challenge with audio, we just learn more with it”

  • 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 prioritize YouTube
  • Her most-viewed YouTube videos so far: “Forever” by Pete Drake cover and “April” by Beach Bunny cover
  • 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

Top highlight

My top moment is when Laynah talks about why she likes Phoebe Bridgers’ music and drops an idea for a new concept record. Stick around for that!

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By Will Chernoff

William Ross Chernoff—known as Will to friends and colleagues—is a jazz musician, podcaster, YouTuber, and writer. He records and performs under his own name, William Chernoff.