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Music Mondays: December 3rd, 2012

Meet the artist WALL, a London native making a name for herself with so-beautiful-they-hurt covers and her own dreamy synth-pop. 

Interview by Katie Gregory

Introduce yourself!
Hi, I'm Lyla from WALL.

When did you decide you wanted to make music your career?

When I was 19. I liked to write and songs came easily. I didn't think I was a good singer though, so I taught myself how to produce my own tracks and play guitar. I learned to do what the boys did. I found my voice through lots of recording, getting into what I liked about it and scrapping what I didn't.

You have released a couple of (fantastic) covers of classic songs. Would you ever do an album of covers a la Cat Power, or are you more focused on producing original music?
I hadn't thought of that but yeah, why not! Writing my own tunes gives me thrills and probably beats doing a cover version, but I like both. If I'm devoid of lyrics or hating on myself, I do a version of something classic and it makes me happy.

If you could do a duet with any one singer, living or dead, who would you choose and why?
Good question. George Harrison. He's my favorite Beatle and I think we would have done something badass.

What's your favorite album to listen to after a bad breakup?
Out Of Season by Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man. It's stunning and sad. I like to get even lower when I'm low.

Who was your biggest crush when you were a teenager?
Buddy Holly. No, the actor who played Buddy Holly in Buddy Holly, The Musical, which showed near our family flat in London. I always used to go for my birthday. He sounded basically as good too; I still listen to the tape from the show in my car.