Lakotah - 10 Questions Music Interview
Lakotah is a Billboard Charting Recording Artist based in Los Angeles California, whose alternative-electronic rock is taking the world by storm. As a prolific songwriter, her extensive song catalog includes over 250 compositions. Her songs have been used in motion pictures, television and video games. Lakotah plays the bass, guitar, drums, piano and the trumpet. Her shows are described as dynamic, emotional and affecting. Lakotah's success stems from her vocal talent. Her vocals mesmerize with a rich tone, a powerful range, and intensely expressive and passionate performances. Lakotah's full length album, The Maker, as well as all her singles are available on all digital outlets, including Pandora, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and, and on her website.
Lakotah is one of the artists who will be featured on BWH Music Group’s ‘On Peace Street,’ a compilation album featuring 19 songs about peace and social justice.
What is the name of the song you have on Peace Street?
Soldier's Song (4th Street Version)
What is the inspiration behind your song? Or, what is the song about?
It is my intention to contribute and to galvanize the power of love for the purpose of humanity to rise to our true state of being. I wrote this song as an expression of empathy for the children and for the soldiers who are thrown into war. What is it like for them? Soldier's Song (4th Street Version) is the result a great many talented people working with me to create awareness of the need for us to do everything possible to help those torn apart from conflicts across our world, from the soldiers to the children.
This particular version was recorded at the legendary 4th Street Recordings Studio in Santa Monica, Ca Owner, Kathleen Wirt, helped me bring together this amazing group of musician to participate in this special version. Produced by Sejo Navajas, this song features guest artists, Frank Greenfield on guitar, Erin Hawkins on cello, Andreas Kvinge on bass and Andrew Keller on drums.
How did you write your featured song? Or, can you describe your songwriting process?
This one I wrote on the guitar. I write on many different instruments. Sometimes I hear the bass line, sometimes a melody or a piano part. Other times, I hear everything at once and have to bring it into this dimension. It is such a beautiful feeling to create instantly and get out what I hear in my head.
Who are your major music influences?
Kate Bush, King Crimson, Black Sabbath, The Who, Fanny and Tori Amos are among my influences.
When you wrote this song, did you have a goal in mind? For example, were you trying to raise awareness about an issue that’s close to your heart?
Yes. Soldier's Song (4th Street Version) was written not only because I had to but also to create awareness of the need for us to do everything possible to help those torn apart from conflicts across our world, from the soldiers to the children.
It is my intention to contribute and to galvanize the power of love for the purpose of humanity to rise to our true state of being.
How did you get started in music?
I come from a musical family, singing and performing with my sisters and father throughout my childhood. I wrote my first song at ten years old and began to play multiple instruments. I composed my first demo during college and landed my first record deal, and was off to the races. I have 5 Full length releases and scored the Billboard Charting Song 'Falling' in 2015. I am currently working on a new release.
Of all the songs you’ve written, what was the most challenging and why?
I have over 250 songs in my library and don't consider any of them to have been a "challenge"to compose. The 'challenge" is marketing the songs in today's musical environment as streaming platforms have taken over.
How do you think music help promote world peace and social justice? Do you have a favorite social justice song?
Music is The most powerful medium of expressing feelings on all levels. Music touches us all. Music's simple existence raises consciousness with that intention set. Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, and all the groups that played at the first Woodstock, where the innovators of culturally conscious music with the intent of raising awareness.
What’s coming up in the future?
More music to be written to expand throughout the planet.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Visit my website for new music, reviews, videos, interviews and all links to purchase my music on all digital outlets including, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and Pandora. You can even buy a physical CD if you want.