Get To Know: Lauren Aquilina
Sad, melodramatic pop. You're going to love it.
Bristol raised Lauren Aquilina is the new queen of sad pop, and she’s reinventing the scene with every new track she unleashes.
Not only was Aquilina handpicked by Taylor Swift herself to open for her on her 1989 tour, but since the singer has worked with the likes of pop icons Little Mix and BloodPop and more. Her first ever EP ‘Fools’ garnered over 28 million streams and rose the singer to superstardom overnight, but after taking a break from performing for three years, the singer bounced back with a vengeance with her single ‘Psycho’ in 2018 - and she’s been leveling up ever since.
One of her most recent bops, ‘If Looks Could Kill’, is edgy pop at it’s finest. It’s confident, confrontational, and doesn’t apologize for a damn thing. In an era where the stigma around women loving themselves is only on the rise, it’s proof that when one woman breaks the glass, it only keeps shattering - and Aquilina busts the whole damn window out in this song.
Now, fresh off a US tour supporting Sasha Loan and quickly approaching her up and coming support show’s for Nina Nesbitt and the Crystal Fighters, the singer is making her name heard all over, and we can’t wait to see her only propel further.
We sat down to get to know all about her and her next steps in music, and you can find it all below...
1) For those who don’t know about you and your music, tell us a little bit about who you are and where you’re from…
Hi! My name is Lauren Aquilina, I’m half Maltese but I grew up in Bristol, and 2 years ago I temporarily quit music to try and become an air hostess. It didn’t work out though and now I write songs for other artists as well as myself.
2) Describe your sound in three words…
Sad, melodramatic pop.
3) Who inspired you to start a career in music?
I can’t really pinpoint a person or a time, because I’ve just been doing it forever and never had a plan B, but I guess the person who inspired me most was my mum. She was always encouraging me and my brother to pursue whatever we wanted and I don’t think I would have had the confidence to do it without her.
4) Who are your biggest musical influences?
I’m obsessed with pop music so there are new ones all the time, but some of my forever faves are Alanis Morissette, Imogen Heap, and Robyn. They’re all women who are songwriters before they are pop stars and remind me that it’s possible to be that.
5) Tell us about the writing and recording process for your new single…
'Tobacco In My Sheets’ actually took me about 4 months to write. I improvised the first verse in my bedroom after literally finding tobacco all over my bed when I woke up one morning and spent a couple of months trying to work out what the chorus would be. Eventually, I got it, and then took it to my frequent collaborator Jonny Hockings to help me finish the song. I don’t usually finish songs if they’re taking that long to write but I knew this one felt special and really personal.
6) What can we expect from your live shows?
A good mixture of dancing and crying.
7) What has been your biggest career highlight so far?
Finding out that I’d sold 100,000 EPs as an independent artist was a really cool moment. But I really am just grateful that I wake up every day and get to write songs as a job, that’s all teenage Lauren ever wanted really.
8) Have you met anyone and been totally starstruck?
I opened for Taylor Swift at her 1989 London show and got to hang out with her afterwards. To me, she’s probably one of the biggest stars of our generation and also had a huge influence on the way I write pop music, so I had to try sooo hard to keep my cool. I just remember looking down at her feet and thinking ‘wow she even has the most amazing pop star feet’ hahaha. Love y, u Taylor.
9) What’s on your iPod/playlists that people wouldn’t expect?
I listen to a LOT of EDM, and a lot without vocals. At the moment I’m obsessed with deadmau5 and Porter Robinson. It’s really nice to switch off from melodies for a sec and just listen to an instrumental.
10) When can we see you live?
My next show is at Live at Leeds on 4th May and then Hit the North on 5th May.