photography by Shervin Lainez
Rarely has a voice captivated me as much as the one of Lila Dupont. She lets me dive into a soothing warm feeling of powdery clouds and lets my mind wander calmly and without worries. The artist, who is just 18, grew up in New York City and now lives in the UK. Her incredible beautiful single “Realize It All” is the first single from her debut album, which she recorded with Grammy Award-winning producer Scott Jacoby who worked with numerous artists in various genres like Coldplay, Janelle Monae or the Vampire Weekend.
It’s those moments of intense emotion when she takes of a pen to write new songs. “I tend to write when I’m at some kind of emotional peak, whether I’m feeling sad or angry or anxious, or if I have an insane burst of happiness,” she explains. “All these songs are incredibly personal, but I tried to write them in a way that allows people to interpret them however they want and fit them into their own lives, because that’s what I’ve always done with the music I love.”
In “Realize It All,” she talks about loneliness and trying to hide that feeling of racking emotional pain. Especially in a society that has built a parallel world with social media, and the incredible difficult time of isolation, lockdowns and quarantine, (and I need to mention at this point that some of the excessive restrictions are unfortunately still maintained in some countries, despite the proven harmful effects on many people, especially children and young people, in specific those who come from socially weaker backgrounds) people try to cover up the stress, hopelessness and pressure. And even though those feelings are also an inevitable part of life, it helps to open up, and not hide or deny your feelings.
“‘Realize It All’ is about wanting to look like everything’s all right, even though you’re really struggling inwardly,” says Lila. “It’s about how you don’t have to let yourself get to your lowest point for anyone to care – you can just let it all out.” As she further tells: “I wrote the song in a rental house during the start of quarantine when everything in my life was filled with uncertainty except for the empty room down the hall with amazing acoustics. The musicians involved include drummer JT Bates, bassist Mike Lewis, and guitarist Eli Menezes.”
Enjoy the song below: