We got to hear Lia for the first time after speaking to Joe Moore of The Yearning and The Perfect Kiss. He had written and produced the majority of Lia’s 2016 tour de force “Love Is Enough” on the inimitable Elefant Records. Listen and you will immediately understand why Lia names people like Astrud Gilberto, Claudine Longet and Linsey DePaul as influences – but Lia’s voice and style are all here own. We were delighted to catch up with here about the past, present and future of Lia Pamina.
When did your musical journey begin?
I started to record songs with my friend Robbie Leff in 2009.
You’ve worked with lots of different (well-known) people – how did you get your first break?
I made videos singing and I used to share them with my friends. I met Robbie Leff on Myspace and we started to record songs together just for fun. Some years later Roger Gunarsson found a video of me playing “Be My Baby” and he asked me to work with him.
How did you come to start working with Joe? Do you both write the songs?
I released my first EP on Elefant Records. Joe’s band “The Yearning” is working with the same label, we love 60s and 70s music, so we started to work on this project. Joe has written the most of the songs. I have released with my first album two songs co-written with two friends. And recently I have released as a B Side a song I have written, it is called “Record Collection” with the arrangement and production of Joe Moore.
What was the first piece of music you loved, and why?
“I Want To Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles. The first time I listened it was played by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It was the music of choreography for a rhythmic gymnastics routine with hoop which I did when I was little. Then I listened to the original song by The Beatles and I loved it.
What is your favourite song that you’ve written/performed and why?
Difficult to choose. I love “Record Collection”. I like the lyrics about records, the melody and the great production by Joe.
My favourite song written by Joe that I have recorded is called “Nobody’s Baby”, it is beautiful and melancholic, and it will be released soon. And from the album “Love Is Enough” I love “The Boy I Used to Know”.
And my favourite song produced by Robbie Leff is “Whirlwind” written by John “Rabbit” Bundrick, keyboard player of The Who. There was an unreleased demo recorded in the 70s by Teresa James. We had the honour to release it in my first EP with the collaboration of Terry Wilson, bass player who is working with Eric Burdon and other great musicians. It is magical.
How long did it take to finish “Love Is Enough”? Are you happy with the results?
Half of the album was recorded in October 2015. Joe wrote more songs during the Christmas holidays. We stopped and started to work again in different sessions. Joe was working in The Yearning’s album “Evening Souvenirs” at the same time. We had it finished in June 2016.
What song by another artist do you wish you had written and why?
“Quand on est ensemble” recorded by France Gall. I love that song, beautiful melody and lovely lyrics.
What artist(s) has been your biggest influence and in what way?
I started to sing after listening Astrud Gilberto, I love her beautiful voice. Claudine Longet vocal style, when I sing softly and Lynsey De Paul is an influence too, I like the songs she wrote and her 70s outfits.
Who is your favourite singer?
It depends on the moment, now I like a lot Lynsey De Paul.
Name a song that makes you happy and why does it have that effect?
“Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by The Beach Boys. It is like a sunny day.
What or who is exciting you on the Spanish music scene?
I love a new band called Os Peregrinos, they have released a beautiful mini-LP on Elefant Records. And there is an Italian band called “Radio Days” which also has presence in the Spanish scene, they are amazing.
Do you prefer singing in Spanish or English?
Spanish is my language, so it is easier for me, but I like English for songs.
What’s your idea of success?
Enjoy what you do and do what makes you happy.
What question would you like to be asked that you never are and what would your answer be?
– A sad song?
“A Rose For Emily” by The Zombies
What next for Lia Pamina?
A new video for “Sycamore Tree” directed by Band À Part and a new Single 7” with beautiful songs written and produced by Joe Moore.