Interview: Lorraine Bautista – Frontline

Frontline was created by SOSDynamikz of Jamaica and mastered by Gary Jones. Lorraine is based in Los Angeles and is of Filipino descent, which contributes to her love of music.
Lorraine Bautista’s latest track, Frontline, opens with glittering synth layers and the lines, “Sky high, ain’t coming down…” Lorraine sings about inner strength and perseverance with a stunning and seductive vocal and an R&B-trap hybrid backdrop and delivery. The track was produced by SOSDynamikz & Gary Jones and also mixed and mastered by Gary Jones as well.

Lorraine Bautista’s musical influences range from classic musicians to contemporary artists such as John Legend, Anita Baker, Adele, Sam Smith, and Jhene Aiko, to mention a few, but it is apparent that Lorraine is building her own universe.

Today we had a chance to interview Lorraine Bautista about her journey into the music industry and her freshly released single, “Frontline”.

When I was about 8, I joined my school choir at Our Lady of Loretto Church in Los Angeles. When I was younger my brother also bought me my first mic. I was super shy as a child, so music was a creative outlet for me.

I used to take private piano lessons in middle school and continued in high school thanks to my older cousin Paolo, who is a musician himself. I also taught myself and played a little bit of guitar following those years.

I see myself partnering with organizations to raise funds and donations to help and support a bigger cause.

Though it may not be tangible, your voice is an incredible instrument. My favorite instrument I would say is the piano, but the voice can do cool things if you take care of it and maintain it well.

I honestly haven’t explored any other instrument besides piano and guitar and I wouldn’t want to speak bad about any other instrument either haha

I would say my greatest strength is putting melodies together and using words to capture the sentiment a song calls for. As a child, I enjoyed reading and I love writing. I wrote poetry as a child and took classes in college so I combined my love for writing and music and in doing so realized my love for songwriting.

My greatest weakness I would say is my tendency for perfectionism. It’s a double-edged sword, really, but I’m learning to find a balance and handling this when I’m in the creative process.

I draw from so many inspirations especially within soul, R&B, gospel, but some of earliest inspirations were Leona Lewis, Aretha Franklin as far as I can remember. In the disney days, my biggest inspiration was Demi Lovato– because of her vocals and mostly because we shared the same birthday lol

I have yet so much to accomplish as an aspiring musician, but I would say my biggest accomplishment so far is my gig with Rory Seldon with Innersession for the Christmas Benefit Concert back in 2019. I had the chance to meet Brenda Holloway and this was around the time I had decided to really pursue music so it was a milestone for me because not only was I surrounded by other musicians but also because the concert was to help support a social cause– which aligned with where I’d like to be in music.

I grew up in Los Angeles, so I love the beach and going outdoors in nature 🙂

I usually start with the sentiment of the song and the emotions that I feel from the track and I translate that feeling into a melody – top lining I guess is what it’s called. Then I try to capture that feeling and arrange into words. There’s no set time, sometimes the inspiration strikes and it would take me anywhere between 15 minutes to a couple days to finish up a track.

I performed Alicia Keys “Fallin” once at a showcase in Los Angeles hosted by Artist Avenue. I normally performed much more laid back tracks, so this one was fun and different for me.

I guess you might be referring to “Had It All” It’s kinda funny because the track started off as a pop song on a guitar, but when I initially played the song, I heard it as a ballad in my head. And the rest just kind of happened, big shout out to Ed Varez, Jaelygne, and Salvador who all played a part in making this track come to life.

I would say H.E.R. the way she creates her melodies and writes songs are so cool. Though I love ballads and old school classics, I love how she captures this laidback LA vibe in such a hot and fresh way.

I would say I’ve probably had several teachers/ mentors throughout the years that I learned from and played an integral part in my journey regardless of how big or small the lesson was. I would even consider other music influences to my mentors/ teachers.

No, I have not. But that is definitely one of my goals– to be an inspiration for the next generation. I think the beauty of art is making a complete stranger feel or see something they hadn’t before.

I’ve definitely had days that weren’t my best performance, but I would never say it was my worst performance because I always learn something from the experience. For most of my performances, it feels weird for me to rewatch it’s a different experience when you are performing, but I suppose that may go for any performer out there haha

I haven’t gotten anything crazy but if I did I ignore it. It’s really that simple and just part of the territory. Anything worth having is never easy.

I think I am an introvert by nature but am also very much open to collaboration as well– as long as all are vibing and are really interested in what we are creating so that we are feeding and bouncing ideas off each other. But I honestly think my best ideas come to me when I am alone.

I don’t have a favorite venue to perform at per say, but I’d love to perform at venues where I’ve visited as guests. That’s always a huge milestone haha.

Knowing that my greatest work has not been created yet.

I easily get inspired by other artists whose work makes me want to create myself, I also get inspired knowing that I can make a difference in the world with something I create and envision in my mind– and bringing that idea to life

I meditate and carve out space for my art/ craft.

This is important because you need to preserve the right kind of energy to transmute into creativity, or art. I love all forms of art, not just music per say but drawing/ painting/ photography/ videography– so I like to translate in all these ways possible.

Yes, it doesn’t always get easy– you’ll have good days and bad days. But the important thing is that you keep going.

Soul R&B for sure. Alicia Keys, Sade, Lauryn Hill, Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson.

80’s soul music will forever be timeless.

I would say that I like to bring that laidback ‘soul’ into my work, while also keeping things new and fresh, relevant, and timeless at the same time.

It’s a much different vibe. My first release “Had It All” is more of a pop ballad, but “Forntline” has that R&B trap sound to it– which is important to me as an artist because I want to showcase different sides of me that may not be captured in one song.

 

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