Welcome back to BuzzMusic Lexie Martin! tell us about your transition from Long Island to Los Angeles, how has the change in scenery and environment inspired you?
My transition from Long Island to Los Angeles hasn't been easy. I miss my family and friends back out east, but California is so beautiful and welcoming that it can make the hard times feel a little easier. Before coming to Los Angeles, I went to college at American University in Washington, DC. So I've been away from family before. But now it's just a longer plane ride versus a four hour drive. I'm very grateful for the people I've met and for the friends and connections I've made. I've definitely found a Los Angeles family out here through music. California's vibe has definitely influenced me. Had it not been for the incredible musicians I've met, there wouldn't be this EP. I got to work with incredible cowriters on three of the songs; Marissa Lauren, Juliet Piper, and Nash Overstreet. And then Nash also produced the EP. Being here in Los Angeles has put me in environment where I'm surrounded by gifted artists with the same passions; so that only fuels my music.
What has been the most challenging aspect of your career thus far and how do you manage to overcome the obstacle?
The most challenging aspect of this career thus far has been gaining that following. So I've been searching for a publicist. In the mean time, I post on social media regularly, reply to comments and messages asap, and try to make my posts as personable as possible to inspire that genuine connection between the viewer/listener and myself.
We loved your single "I Can" the first time we heard it. It anticipated us for the release of your EP. Tell us about your full project, what was the major message you wanted your listener to perceive from this EP?
I'm so happy you enjoyed "I Can"! It was an absolute pleasure to create! For this EP I wanted songs that could be felt, understood and resonate among a variety of people. I wanted the lyrics and the production to be palatable and accessible while still having my own personal flair. There are songs for romance, heart ache, friendship, and most importantly self love. Because as the extraordinary RuPaul says, "If you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?", and he's right! I want to spread as much light, love and positivity to as many people as possible, but that can't happen unless I am comfortable with myself first. Many people struggle with this, especially when it comes to body image. "I Can" and "Extra" speak from that place.
Were there any specific arrangements you were going for during the creation of this EP?
Arrangement-wise I wanted everything to be able to fit into the pop genre, but each song individually has its own specific elements. "Greatest Love" is influenced by Doo-wop, "Disclaimer" is influenced by EDM, "I Can" is influenced by R&B, and so on.
How do you plan on elevating your next project from this EP that's already so substantial and timeless?
First and foremost, thank you so much for taking the time to listen to my EP and thank you for the support and encouragement. I want people to love it and most importantly I want this EP to make people feel good about themselves. Going forward, anything I do will be unapologetically loud, proud and me. In a world where we have this pressure to look and act a c certain way based on what's shown commercially and through social media, I am giving you unfiltered realness. There is no "supposed to". There is only you. Going forward I am working towards a full length album and a music video for "Extra", which I can't wait to share with you all!