Lily Indigo

Photo by Amber Zbitnoff Photography,

Photo by Amber Zbitnoff Photography,

An interview by Mirabai Jyothi Kukathas

Mirabai: Tell us about your song. What inspired you? What does it mean to you and how do you hope listeners will receive it? 
Lily Indigo: My new song “Impossible Dream” is about feeling like you don’t exist and the world we live in isn’t real or is more of a dream then reality. I also talk about how it is important to try to do things that are impossible or to quote my own song “follow impossible dreams” because I know it’s cliché but I feel like you can do most anything if you really put your mind to it and work for it. 

The aesthetic of this song was definitely inspired by lo-fi pop which I have been listening to a lot recently. If you listen closely you can hear a sound through out the song which is actually a recording of my heater that I recorded at my house and put into the song, as well as a drum which is actually just me hitting my wall which I also recorded. I hope that when listening to this song the listening will feel somehow between reality and a dream state. 

M: Who/what are your biggest musical influences? 

L: This is a hard question for me because I find inspiration from so many different artists from a wide variety of genres ranging  from older iconic bands like The Beatles to Modern pop stars like Taylor Swift. However, one person who has and will always inspire me is my dad. For as long as I can remember I’ve looked up to him. I grew up watching the process of him writing songs in our house, that he would then teach to his band and some of them eventually ended up on his album with his band 17th Chapter. For as long as I can remember I’ve been writing songs with him. I was always so inspired by him and his ability to start with nothing and make these amazing songs. I remember feeling so lucky whenever his shows were all ages and I got to go to them. II really feel I love with music and decided this is what I wanted to do with my life when my dad let me come on stage and sing a song with him at the Doe bay music festival on Orcas Island when I was 10 and I’ll always be thankful for that. 

M: What does making music at Totem Star means to you?
L: I’ve only been with Totem Star since about mid November but I already feel that it was been a life changing experience and that a have an amazing group of people that share the same passions as I do and will always have my back. Being at Totem Star has given me a great community of artists my ages and has given me the resources to start pursuing music as a career. It also gives young people like me the opportunity to work with amazing mentors who have been doing this for so many years and learn from them and I am very grateful for the whole experience.