Saturday, February 6, 2016

Lindy LaFontaine

10th Annual Cover Song Winner

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HOME BASE: Berkeley, CA

GENRE: Electronica / Pop / Trip Hop


WORK SUBMITTED: “Low” by Cracker

LABEL: Self Released

INFLUENCES: Morcheeba, Zero 7, Tori Amos, Peter Gabriel

DESCRIBE YOUR NOMINATED WORK: It was actually an assignment for school. I attended The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (aka The Paul McCartney School) and was given an assignment to cover a song in my own style. The decision to cover “Low” was because a good friend of mine had always wanted to hear me sing it…so I did.

DID YOU USE ANY UNUSUAL EFFECTS OR INSTRUMENTS IN THIS RECORDING? Everything, besides the vocals and acoustic guitar were midi instruments. It’s easy and fun. I must admit, I never used midi again after recording this song.

WERE THERE ANY HAPPY ACCIDENTS IN THE STUDIO, OR DID EVERYTHING GO AS PLANNED? It was so long ago…I do remember recording it in the middle of the night. All the studios were rented out and I, like always, decided to wait till the last minute to record it. So we had to finish the song in 4 hours from 1am-5am. This is the reason I did all the midi tracks at home before going into the studio.

DID FANS HELP YOU FUND THIS PROJECT? It was fully funded by the school. Yay.

WHO’S SITTING IN YOUR AUDIENCE? Lots of different people. There is always a wide variety of folks of different ages, and different backgrounds. People who really love music and party and dance (especially people in Saskatoon, no one knows how boogie like people in Saskatoon) to old folks who just sit and enjoy to little kids (depending on the venue).

WHAT MAKES YOUR FANS UNIQUE? Most of my fans aren’t scenesters. They get into music that touches them as opposed to what’s popular.

ARE THERE ANY SONGS THAT YOU WISH YOU WROTE? Nope. I dig the ones I wrote. In fact, I like to take songs that I think are written really well but produced in a style I don’t really get into, and redo it my way.

WHAT ARTISTS ARE YOU LISTENING TO THAT WOULD SURPRISE YOUR FANS? My fans are pretty musically diverse like I am. I’m not sure if anything would surprise them. Maybe all the industrial music I listen to.

WHAT ARE YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES ON THE ROAD? Not sleeping. I love traveling so when I’m on tour, I have to check out each place which ultimately leads to no sleep.


DO YOU HAVE ANY RITUALS BEFORE YOU GO ON STAGE? I like to be alone before a performance.

SHOULD MUSIC BE FREE? Yes. Free and funded by the government. So us musicians should be paid a flat rate to do what we do and in turn, we keep the people happy and entertained.

HOW HAS DIGITAL AFFECTED YOUR CAREER? It makes it easier to record your music, but harder to promote it.

ARE DIGITAL SINGLES VS. FULL ALBUMS THE FUTURE OF MUSIC? Sadly, I think so. I do miss albums and I plan to keep making them.





16 Responses to “Lindy LaFontaine”
  1. Alex says:

    The most ass-kickingest nominee in this category… by far. Not only is this a really cool song and Lindy has an amazing voice, but its so much different than the original! This is what a cover is supposed to be!

  2. efb18 says:

    This is the best nominee by far. Great unique voice, great cover version that still feels very personal.

  3. Sara says:

    This song is definitely the best cover. I really love Lindy’s voice and the cover is very cool. I love the original but I think I love this one equally. They’re like two completely different songs. LOVE IT!

  4. I love, love, love Low. One of my favorite songs. This is the best cover too!

  5. Kaitlin says:

    This is unreal. We played it at my office and coworkers turned down their music to come check it out!!! She’s amazing.

  6. Britney Rolison says:

    I love the fact that this song is better then the original, in my opinion. Lindy’s music is so relaxing and smooth..
    I just want to play it over and over and over again! I’m so glad it got nominated, the other covers don’t even compare. The End!

  7. Carolyn Gorman says:

    Lindy’s voice is serene, and she’s even better in person. She’s beautiful and obviously smart and inspiring. I love listening to her. Makes me feel better about myself.

  8. Summer says:

    This is the first time I’ve heard Lindy LaFontaine. She is seriously amazing. The harmonies at the end made my heart melt. Definitely vote for her!!!

  9. Dan says:

    This contest is a no-brainer; Lindy LaFontaine’s cover of Low is incredibly innovative and sexy, and dare I say, every bit the equal of the original with its unique style. What a creative and moody interpretation! The competition is good, but in a different league. After checking out her songs on her website, I am even more convinced that her special charm needs to be heard far and wide!

  10. Mary says:

    I voted for Lindy LaFontaine’s cover because her style is soothing and smooth, her voice is beautiful, and her harmonies are as close to perfect as possible. I loved this rendition of a song that should be sung exactly as Lindy sang it. I visited her web site after hearing it, and I found a goldmine of highly moving music expressing emotions that come straight from the heart.

  11. Kristina says:

    Five stars!! This cover is gorgeous ~ love it!!!!

  12. Ronald says:

    Smooth, subtle, sneaks up on one to create a mood that stays beyond the track. An impressive new talent.

  13. Danielle says:

    What a beautiful rendition of this song! If you like this one, you should DEFINITELY check out her other songs on her website. I especially enjoyed “I do”. Gorgeous vocals :)

  14. D. says:

    Lindy Lafontaine is G-d:)

  15. Kim says:

    This is a totally re-imagined version…just what a cover should be. In my opinion, a much more emotionally resonant recording than the originally. Gorgeous!

  16. Anthony says:

    One beautiful Awesome Singer… Lindy Rocks!

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