In 2017, management and a development deal with a label brought Lilly to London. “I was totally by myself in a new city and I had to grow up pretty quickly,” she remembers, “but I forced myself to do it.” She released lusciously-produced electrobop Bad Boys — a song written about the night Lilly and her best friend went to confront the friend’s ex, who’d been messing her around — as well as winsome belter Needing You, but just as her career was picking up pace her development deal came to an end, and so did her working relationship with her management. It was a jolt that prompted Lilly to question what she was doing.
“There’s a line in Moonlight that asks ‘should I stay or should I go?’,” Lilly says, “and that’s exactly how I felt about London — and music as a whole. I was thinking: ‘Why am I in London, working in a bar? I didn’t come here to pour pints — I came here to make music.’” She sublet her room and went to stay with her family in Sweden for three months. “I waitressed, I went in the sea, I collected my thoughts,” she explains. It didn’t take long for those thoughts to crystallise. “After a month I was missing London. I knew I had to come back and try again.”
How did you get in to music?
I started playing guitar at 14, I'd learn different covers and upload them to YouTube. When I'd learnt enough chords I tried putting them together in my own way and writing my own songs as well.
I can't pick one so here's a few of my favourites: Bon Iver, Julia Michaels, Fleetwood Mac, Maggie Rodgers, Tove Styrke, Astrid S, Angus & Julia Stone, Ben Howard, James Blake
Where are you based?
I'm currently based in London, UK. I do love going to Stockholm to write music though, and I'm originally from Helsingborg, Sweden.