Exclusive Interview: Learning More About Léna Kipe's Life & Music

Hey There Léna Kipe! Welcome to BuzzMusic! We’re incredibly excited to feature your touching song “Yours”. Where did you find inspiration to write such meaningful lyrics? This song is bittersweet. When I wrote it, I was in a relationship with someone I loved deeply, but with whom I felt I was no longer myself. I was his before I was mine. There is something beautiful and dangerous about that. A joy -in letting go and losing control in a society where we are constantly measuring and being measured, always striving to be productive. A terrifying feeling -of losing ourselves to keep someone else’s affection, even if we know that we will never have it.

Your songwriting abilities shine right through on your song “Yours”. What helped your creative process with writing the expressive track? Honesty and vulnerability are so important in music. I had to let my guard down and share how I really felt -even if it wasn’t always flattering or easy. I’m usually a pretty guarded person. I reflect on that process of becoming vulnerable in the song as well. “Who sent you? How did you find me? I spent so long in hiding”: when I write and when I sing, I no longer hide.

You have an incredibly tasteful sound, with exquisite vocal stylings! Who are some major musical influences for Léna Kipe? There are so many! My first love is R&B: Prince (ok Prince is everything... the funk, the soul, pop, rock, the church, the choir, the tabernacle!) D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Sade, Solange… We need a few cups of tea to discuss this topic (with honey. always.) You took quite a leap from the corporate world to the music industry! We have to know, what made you make this courageous decision? I didn’t want to have any regrets. I learned a lot from the corporate world, but I needed to protect my energy and invest it in my passion. You can study and practice and become great at anything, but you need to put in the work. It was time for me to do that. I am also aware and grateful for the fact that I had the resources (savings!) to do so. I still do what I need to do to keep the bills paid, but I have a lot more freedom now.

What can we expect to see from you throughout 2020? More music! I released my EP “Out Of Office” in March. With stay-at-home orders and everything that’s going on, I miss being on stage, but I take this time to be grateful for my health and to write more music. I’ve been setting up a studio at home so you can expect to hear new music very soon.

You can listen to "Yours" here.