interview by James Stratton
Lou Ridley is a singer-song writer, originally from Texas, based out in Los Angeles. Human Influence sat down to chat and get to know her:
Human Influence: Tell us about yourself. Who is Lou Ridley?
Lou Ridley: A musician from Texas. In Los Angeles temporarily.
HI: How did you get started with music? Both when you first began to play and when you decided to undertake a musical career.
Lou Ridley: I began singing in college. I guess looking back I did it often as a kid but I didn't grow up in a household that considered the arts a career choice, so college. I'll consider it a career later.
HI: What inspires you musically?
Lou Ridley: I relive my experiences musically. Does that sound weird? idk. When I think back on something that happened to me I hear it as a song. When I write, I put myself back into a moment and that becomes the song. No thinking, no top-line is this a hit type shit, Just the experience - audibly. So my experiences inspire me.
HI: Who features on your playlist?
Lou Ridley: Loscil, Fleetwood Mac, Sam Smith, Amy Winehouse, Yaeji, King Krule, Daniel Daesar, Bill Withers.
HI: Any upcoming projects?
Lou Ridley: I released an album yesterday [Ed. note: Grey released Jan. 12, 2018]
HI: What is the most unexpected thing you have learned on your path as a creative artist?
Lou Ridley: Most of our female idols are sold to us as faultless, perfect creatures. Where are all the hurt girls? I see them every day but it seems like no one wants to hear from them. If I can package my hurt in a way that makes sense, maybe that will change. I didn't expect to think this way.