Interview – Lara Snow

Lara Snow is a wonderfully talented musician and songwriter based in Tel Aviv, in Israel. I really liked her track Wild Sea (Stripped Version) – hopefully our readers will do too! Read the interview below to find out more about Lara and her music.

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a song titled Wild Sea (Stripped Version), which we reviewed. What can you tell us about this song and where can it be purchased?

Wild Sea is one of the first songs I ever wrote on a piano.

Before that I used to write on beats, but I was a bit unhappy with this way of writing, because I felt like I would be able to connect to a deeper truth if the melody could run freely. So I decided to change the way I’ve been writing. 

There was someone in my past, and we had this big love, but we couldn’t be together. When it ended, we didn’t speak to each other for many years, so I was writing songs about him, about the past, kind of honouring what we had – that helped me find closure. It is available on all platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, etc. 

Why did you decide to revisit the track Wild Sea and strip it down to a more acoustic number?

All the songs I write start with only piano and vocals – later on I work on the musical production with my team. Many times the production really changes the song, in a way that it almost feels like two different songs. In this case, I felt like the piano version opened up the song in such a different way that it had to be out there as an alternative version. 

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Yes, it affected mostly my live shows. Before, I used to tour a lot, playing everywhere, but I haven’t had the opportunity to go on the road since it all started. I really hope to be able to do it again soon, because I miss it so much.

What is the writing and recording process like for you? Have you started writing for a future EP/album yet?

I always start a song by playing some chords on my piano, and then singing to it. Usually the melody and lyrics come together, and I let myself just sing for a while, exploring the melodies, until I catch a beautiful moment, something that is so beautiful that I have to record it. Then I collect these moments, and turn them into a song.

After I finish writing a song, I usually record a piano/vocal demo, and later on, my team and I usually start working on the musical production.

Yes, there is a new EP on the way.

Do you plan to release any singles in the near future?

I have a new single coming up on February 18th. It’s called Castles In The Snow, and it is the last piece of my Delete Forever era. 

Whereabouts are you based and what is the music scene like in your part of the world?

I’m based in Tel Aviv, and the scene here is very dynamic and colourful. I really think that this city has an amazing cultural mix of all types of arts, and specifically in music, any genre you can think of. There is live music everywhere you look. 

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

What influences me the most are my personal experiences. I write mostly about my life, love, heartbreaks, growth and experiences. But I also get my influences from music, books and movies.
In the past few years I’ve been listening mostly to music from the 60’s and 70’s. I love Nancy Sinatra, Joni Mitchell, The Mamas & The Papas, Leonard Cohen, Tim Buckley. I’ve also been listening to Lana Del Rey and Wolf Alice a lot lately.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

I have a few shows planned in Tel Aviv, but unfortunately nothing abroad at the moment. 

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

I am currently working on two live sets. One is going to be with a full, live, electronic band, and the other is just me and a guitarist. I am actually very much excited about both. I think that if someone likes my music, they should definitely come and see the live show, because it’s the closest to how the songs were written, it’s the most intimate way to listen to the songs.

Any last words for the fans?

You are the first and the last thing on my mind. Thank you.