Lana K. Wilson-Combs
Mar 22, 2023
Singer/songwriter/actor Lee Fitzjames is determined to make her mark in the entertainment business.
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Singer/songwriter/actor Lee Fitzjames is determined to make her mark in the entertainment business.Fitzjames grew up in Auckland, New Zealand and now calls Los Angeles home.She has written toplines/hooks for several Swedish pop artists, like The Pillisnorks, Charles Sterntorp, Filiz, John Take and Isak Daun, but now has released her first independent single titled, “Musta Been Bad” which dropped on April 22.The single has garnered international attention and even won “Best Pop Music Video” at the Parai Music International Awards (India).Production on “Musta Been Bad” and the music video accompanying it, took place throughout Sweden, America and New Zealand.N2Entertainment.net caught up with Fitzjames to discuss the new single, "Musta Been Bad," her budding musical career, as well as some of her biggest musical influences. Read on to find out what else Fitzjames is all about.
Q. Do you come from a musical family?
A. My cousin encouraged me to sing along to Disney and Jem and the Holograms when I was a kiddo. We'd record on to a cassette player. She also bought my first diary where I’d write about my love life (yes, as a six-year-old). That said, my mom was an HR Manager, my father was an accountant, my sister works at a University and together we ran a Basketball organization.
Q. How did you become interested in music?
A. If you grew up in the era of Disney's "Aladdin" and "Beauty and the Beast," you can't help it!
Q. Who did you collaborate with on "Musta Been Bad?"
A. I wrote the song myself and produced it with Cheap Limousine. Other producers like Craig Levy helped dial in the sound. My engineers did an incredible job, too! It was a messy track, I made it in the weirdest BPM and a lot of producers didn't know what to do with the song. So, I’m super grateful to my team including Tom Frampton and Travis Ferrence who helped me take it all the way.
Q. What other artists have you worked with?
A. Pussy Riot, Anomalie and a host of Swedish musicians.
Q. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
A. James Blake, Beyonce, Sabrina Claudio, Nao and Passion Pit.
Q. How would you best describe your musical style?
A. Raw, honest, with a respect for pop sensibilities.
Q. What inspired you on this song?
A. I’m inspired by my deepest feelings and the art around me.
Q. Do you plan to release a CD?
A. I really don’t know. For now, I’m only focused on digital releases.
Q. Who would be the dream person (s) you'd like to collaborate with?
A.I’d love to sit down with Michael Angelakos from Passion Pit so that I could learn how to merge heart wrenching lyrics with upbeat pop.
Q. How difficult is it to be a musician in today's ever changing musical landscape?
A.We have more technological tools at our disposal than ever before--so-- it's easier than ever to create. I think the challenge is keeping people's attention. I've been to major concerts with incredible artists, where audience members are too busy playing on their phones or talking to one another to appreciate the musicianship.
Q. If I were to look at your playlist, what artists would I find?
A. I have hundreds if not thousands of artists on my playlists. I’ve created a new playlist every month since 2017. You’d find Swedes like Skott, New Zealanders like Gin Wigmore, Americans like Sabrina Claudio and Brits like Rosie Lowe.
Q. What are your hobbies outside of music?
A. I've just started cooking a lot. You can see some of my daily concoctions on my Instagram stories highlights.
Q. Is there anything else you'd like to share and want everyone to know about you?
A. My new song "Musta Been Bad" is one of the most grueling tracks I’ve ever worked on. So please give it a 3.5 minute spin!
Editor’s Note: For more information on Lee Fitzjames check out www.leefitzjames.com/