Back-track to this past Halloween, where you know ya girl wasn't about to spend hella cheese on a costume. So like every year, I found a way to dress up strictly off DIY. With the visual album, Lemonade, being Beyonce's most incredible piece of work she's done yet, I decided to be her *For Halloween, of course* Sounds like a stretch, maybe, but the scene where she had a black gown, hat, and stacks of silver jewelry was easy to accomplish just by scavenging through my closet. The only thing I had left to do was figure out a way to have braids down to my waist.
I hashtagged #labraids on Instagram and found @braidsbylorine. When I saw her work I knew she was the one. I came over that following Sunday for an appointment. While I was sitting, her friends were playing music off the speaker. I'm like, "this sounds dope, why don't I know who this is?" They all looked at me and said, "That's the girl braiding your hair right now!"
I was completely taken back. Clearly I did not know who I was in the midst of.
Lorine Chia is her full name, a singer/songwriter and badass hair stylist who's done music with Jeezy, The Game, Jim Jones, Wiz Khalifa, The Cool Kid's and more. That's when I realized I came into this home hoping to get some braids done, then left with determination to keep in touch with this girl.
Fortunately for me, this week I was able to see Lorine again, alongside producer Romero Mosley. Their collaborative EP, When Morning Comes, just dropped this past Friday. It has been on smooth replay since, and has been exactly what I've needed this week. Lorine's vocals are truly one of a kind, sitting so perfectly on top of Mosley's production. Sexy, clean, and groovy, the collaboration sounds so effortless.
Check below as I was able to ask them a few questions about how they got started creating (amazing) music, and how they got to doing it together to make When Morning Comes.
SG: Can you tell us about your background and how you got into singing and songwriting? Producing?
LC: I was always in choir and band, my dad played the guitar and was a singer as well. I picked up the guitar because he was too busy to teach me, I was like, 'let me just teach myself.' I remember in 10th grade, my teacher said the whole class had to do a poetry slam for an english project. I was bragging about how I could play the guitar even though I was just still learning. [The teacher] said 'ok, so your job will be to perform a song' so I was like, 'oh I have to really do this now.' So I did a Jonas Brothers song called "Give Love a Try," and everyone said my voice was really different. Then when I was 19 I started putting out music online. I would just record it in my living room over a beat I would find. I then started street performing and I [realized] I would get paid for that. Then I put out my first album in 2012.
SG: So right out of high school you already had your first album?
LC: Yup, so I've been making music ever since.
RM: For me, mom sings in the choir, dad plays the saxophone. Grandad played harmonica, so he would teach me how to play songs. I come from a very musical family. I played in the band, played trumpet, a little bit of drums. I started really taking it serious when an artist by the name of Lola Brown--she was doing her solo project at the time-- reached out and wanted some help. So I A&R'd her project, helped write a couple songs but through that process, I would watch the producers. Chop up different sounds, chop up samples, I'm like, 'I have to learn how to [produce].' So in 2012, I reached out to those producers and asked them to help me. I dropped my first project in 2013 called Lucid Dreams and I reached out to different artists to be on it. 2014, I dropped Anywhere But Here. I winded up linking with Terrace Martin and he agreed to be on my single.
SG: How would you say your creative process is like?
LC: I go off the sound of the instrumental or whatever I'm listening to. I don't really like to write with no sounds unless it's like poetry or rap. Once I hear a sound that I like, I start melodies, then come with words. I'll sit in the studio and freestyle a whole song.
SG: So you like doing it in the studio, not before the studio?
LC: Yeeeah. I gotta do it on the spot.
RM: After I construct the beat, be choppin' up a sample, add my own drums and keys, I'll still call in someone to come and play trumpet or trombone. A lot of my sound is like a mid-tempo wave, but it depends on the day.
SG: Can you tell me what your favorite tempo is?
RM: Maybe 85. Give you somethin' to ride to.
SG: So since you're both from Cleveland, is that where you both met?
LC & RM: Yup we met in a studio session.
RM: A producer called me in, knew my sound, and said he needed help. She was there and wrote the song in like, 25-30 minutes.
SG: So fast forward to now, with When Morning Comes, when do you think you started working on that?
RM: October/November of last year.
LC: We went to Atlanta, we made the song, "A Little While" and I was just like 'yo..what if we just did a whole project together?' So we just started working ever since. And got the 6 songs together.
SG: I see you have a track featured online called "Let it Go," how did that become your single? Is it your single?
LC: Well, we have no PR right? So, we're sending E-mails to everybody asking to post our EP. Just to see if they would feature our project on their website. [Romero] was like, 'we gotta get Fader!' They said we 'don't do EP premieres but we can just put your song on there. Let's do "Let it Go"'
RM: We reached out to Saint Heron as well. They love Lorine.
*After explaining why I do this blog, and who tends to read it, typically...
LC: A lot of people just need to realize that they need to take their time. Not compare themselves to anyone or timeline and just focus on yourself. It's your world. You are a creator. Just like who created you, you have powers as well. You can make your life into what you really want it to. You can manifest anything positive.
***AND THEN SHE SPRUNG ON ME ONE OF THE COOLEST STORIES I'VE EVER HEARD DOING INTERVIEWS********
LC: I remember last year I made the song "Two Blunts" and I was like, 'yo, Wiz is gonna get on this song, I don't care what it is, Wiz is gonna get on this song' Following year, the night before 4/20, I'm like 'f*ck it, I'm just gonna put this song out.' The Game calls me into the studio that night after I've made this decision, but before I even put it out. I'm thinking, 'let me see if I could just play this song and see if he get on it.' He got on it, sent it to Wiz, then Wiz got on it and we released it the next day. You can make anything happen for yourself. You can speak it into existence.
FOR THE RECORD,
I had an amazing night when I interviewed these two at Tha Juice Joint. The vibe was amazing and meeting the duo was extremely inspiring. I learned that mixing consistency + the law of attraction will help you get to where you aspire to be. Check out their music on all streaming and downloading platforms. Luckily for you, I have it posted here and also in my "Currently" section. You're WELCOME!
Lorine Chia: https://twitter.com/LorineChia
Romero Mosley: https://twitter.com/RomeroCCXVI