LP. Too personal
Few music stars dare to tell things as they happened or admit that the road to success is not smooth and dazzling. That there are ups and downs, that it is okay to get carried away by other aspects and it’s no big deal. Or even that what we call success may mean something else. It may be about a particular route.
Laura Pergolizzi (Long Island, 1981), known as LP, carries this philosophy with her and takes life as it is and as it comes. Her very own look is a statement of intent, although it is likely the result not of careful planning but of her spontaneity.
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The thing is that the singer-songwriter rejects fixed labels and, in every interview, she questions black and white thinking. Pergolizzi seems to like grays. Isn’t life movement?
Her personal life revealed in each song, her career told in episodes to which we are not accustomed, the freshness with which she shares both her successes and “failures” (which are not)… She is an artist who fuses originality, talent and personality in a truly natural way.
¡Let’s know a little more about her!
The story behind Fighting with myself
For LP, this most personal track was the catalyst for her worldwide hit Lost on you.
But baby I can’t pretend
I’m telling you this shit has to end,
What are you running to
Don’t you make me play this game.
But the record company she was working with considered that the song had to be left out. Pergolizzi felt this as an assault on her artistic soul. It was literally being labelled. She learned and matured from this experience, and understood that she would never again trample on herself for success: “Power can sometimes distort your essence,” she has assured in an interview.
After being fired by her production company precisely because of her biggest hit, Lost on you, the earth literally opened under her feet. It is, she says, the kind of story that you tell people who are trying to make it in the music industry to encourage them and to show them that you never know. That the opinions of the record labels and of certain professionals are not necessarily right. And that the key is not to lose what is most precious: the fact that we have something to say to the world. A message that is ours and that is hard to typecast. “One man’s trash is another’s treasure,” says LP.
Laura Pergolizzi’s ex and “ex”ex
In case you still haven’t figured out who we are talking about, wait until you hear the first chords of this song:
Lost on you is a goodbye message to one of her ex-girlfriends. LP has stated on more than one occasion that all her songs are personal and have to do with what’s going on with her life. After all, “the personal is political.” Yet, not all artists recognize this, as if it were easy to talk about what you’ve never experienced..
Such is the case with LP, who features her current partner at the end of the video, as a way to close that chapter. We do not know who came up with the idea but it is an obvious example of how the artist conceives music: as intrinsic to her own becoming.
Pergolizzi is not afraid to expose herself in that sense and even, when meeting the press, she talks about her issues regarding her exes, or as she says,”ex”ex.
She thinks of herself as an outsider
LP does not seem interested in looking for a quiet place to die. The stunning ship tattooed across her chest is a symbol of her journey through life. The secret is to navigate and not question too much what life brings you: just live it.
In a radio interview she was asked about her comfort zone, to which she replied:
─I’ve never been in a comfort zone. I’ve been uncomfortable ever since I came out of the womb. It’s been uneasy all the time.
This seems to be one of the greatest strengths of one of the most distinctive voices in the industry. Pergolizzi has even been compared to the instrument that almost always goes along with her – besides her distinctive whistle -, her ukulele:
─I feel so identified with the ukulele because it is small and powerful and has the ability to change states. It can go to very melancholic places with the minor chords and afterwards it can be so happy and uplifting. I love the juxtaposition of being a strong singer using such a gentle instrument. It always brings out a lot of songs from me, so yes, I love it.
In fact, bringing the ukulele into her life had much to do with songwriting, something she feels quite comfortable doing.
LP has written very well-known songs for Cher, Rihanna, Backstreet Boys, Leona Lewis, Mylène Farmer and Christina Aguilera, among many others.
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When writing, they used to give her the recorded audio tracks, but she preferred the physical contact of an instrument, strumming the ukulele to write and show the songs –sang by herself–.
Which are LP’s best-known songs as a writer? Among others, Beautiful people by Christina Aguilera and Cheers (Drink to that) by Rihanna.
Influences of LP
The first song that blew LP’s mind was Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. In fact, classics are very present when the singer mentions her influences: Roy Orbison – from whom she seems to have gotten the liking for sunglasses, The Beatles, Rolling stones, Led Zeppelin and Stevie Nicks:
“As for my style, I mostly do pop, but I don’t feel much like a pop singer, I think my music is also loaded with blues and even rock. For that classic rock I used to listen made me dig into the Beatles, the Stones … Basically the four pillars of my music are the Beatles, the Stones, Led Zeppelin… that kind of stuff.”.
However, –as many other artists featured in Diversity València’s lineup– LP points out to David Bowie as the inspiration for her method and dedication. Also to Leonard Cohen. Both artists, according to her, put out amazing works until right before they died..
No matter where her influences come from, LP ends up luring them into her turf. She is one of those artists that makes every song too personal. So personal that she ends up making every song her own. If not, check out this cover of Beyoncé’s Halo. Real madness!
We leave you with a selection of her best tracks. Now that you’ve seen a glimpse of her live show, are you going to miss it?