With so many talented musicians across the Granite State, our summer music series continues through the fall. This week’s featured artist is Lexi Klain, known by her stage name as Lexi louise. She’s a sophomore from Hollis High School, who recently released her debut EP, Lexi louise.
During the pandemic, Klain adapted and began to present him with live performances Instagram and was inspired by the time of loneliness and isolation.
Klain sat down with All Things Considered host Peter Biello to talk about his new version. Below is a transcript of the conversation.
Lexi Louise (Klain): Glad to be here. Thank you.
Peter Biello: Lexi, let’s start with the most popular track, according to Spotify. This is the first track of your EP. This is called “The Sky”.
“The sky”: People are asking for more. The sun comes out of the dark week and falls back in weight …
Peter Biello: So let’s talk about “The Sky”. What can you tell me about this song?
Lexi Louise (Klain): Well, this song was actually written during a very difficult time in my life. I wrote it to cheer myself up. At that time in my life, I was very interested in poetry, and I was just starting to get interested in poetry. So I was trying to make this song more poetic than my previous work. And I had lyrics for this song for a while, and I just decided to write it because, you know, I felt really upset most of the time, you know, a lot of teenage angst, a lot of difficulty in my mental health, especially with OCD. So, I wrote this song to kind of tell myself that it wasn’t going to last forever. Nothing is eternal and that one day the sun will rise for me.
Peter Biello: You said your parents are big supporters of your music and your dad actually helped you produce this EP. What was it like working with him on this album?
Lexi Louise (Klain): It was really great because he is very supportive. He’s been a musician his whole life, and he’s always supported me in my dreams of becoming a musician, and he’s helped me coordinate a lot of things. It helped me learn a lot about musicality, chord structure, recording and being a musician in an industry. And he’s just a really great person to talk to about all of this. I loved what he did with all my songs. He really helped them come to life in this EP.
Peter Biello: So when did you first get interested in music?
Lexi Louise (Klain): Oh, I have loved singing since I was really very young. I got more serious about music around sixth grade after writing my second song called “Coaster”. I just said to myself, you know what? I’ve always been so passionate about it, a lot of other things have happened in my life. I’m still a kid, still figuring out my life, but I really think that’s what I’m going to do with my life. This is really what calls me. And I think that was what I was made for.
Peter Biello: You mentioned the song “Coaster”. Let’s listen to a bit of this.
“Coaster”: News I finally found a new game, oh. News that I stay true to myself.
Peter Biello: You said it was the second song you wrote.
Lexi Louise (Klain): That’s right, yeah.
Peter Biello: And how old were you at the time?
Lexi Louise (Klain): 12 years.
Peter Biello: And it’s something that you always love to play.
Lexi Louise (Klain): He is. It’s still relevant to my life because it’s a constant lesson in my life to accept who I am and accept the fact that I’m a passionate human being and not everyone is going to like it, that is is what this song is about. This is about how many people are afraid of emotionally passionate people. But at the end of the day, it’s something I’m proud of, and it’s something that I can channel into my art and I’ll never let go.
Peter Biello: How do you see your music evolving in recent years?
Lexi Louise (Klain): I became more introspective. I think as a person I have tried to broaden my horizons. I learned more about the history of music, and I really found myself as a musician, not just writing whatever comes to mind, writing whatever really speaks to me, and I learned a lot more about myself as a songwriter too.
Peter Biello: I want to listen to another song on this EP. It’s called “Secrets in my pocket”. So let’s listen to this one.
“Secrets in my pocket”: I can not help thinking of you. I can’t help but run away from my thoughts.
Peter Biello: So this is another one you wrote when you were, I think it was 11 years old.
Lexi Louise (Klain): This is the first song I wrote. I was barely 11 years old.
Peter Biello: Wow OK. Can you tell us a bit about your process, how it was set up?
Lexi Louise (Klain): I was having romantic feelings for the first time. It’s a very innocent feeling. It’s a very exciting feeling, and I was also learning the ukulele. So, I was like, you know, why don’t I write a song before dance class? Trying to write a song for me before a dance class? And then I got in the car and sang a little bit to my mom and she said, “Lexi, that’s good. It’s good.” And I’m like, “Hey.” And I just continued with that, and I finished it about a month later, and it was just a little love song. I sort of hadn’t noticed how well this would stick with me for the rest of my life, or at least for the rest of the last few years back then. But it’s actually a song that is particularly close to my heart.
Peter Biello: And before I let you go, Lexi, let’s talk about another song. This is called “My name”.
“My name”: From the side, I moved, too fast, know that nothing lasts, no.
Lexi Louise (Klain): “My Name” was the last song I wrote for this EP, and it was just kind of an isolation song, kind of a feeling of isolation from a lot of other people in my life. And sometimes I feel like people like to pretend to know you, and they don’t really often. And I wanted to write about it because I wrote it right after I felt very left out of my life. I just felt like I was always left on the sidelines. And I wrote this song because I felt like no one really knew me as a person most of the time
Peter Biello: I will say that the feeling of not being known, of not knowing your real self, is definitely not just high school stuff. It is a universal thing. I was wondering if your songs, because of messages like this, have universal appeal and do you hear adults, people your age, people from all walks of life, talking about your music?
Lexi Louise (Klain): I’ve had people tell me they relate to my music of all ages, really older people and younger people and people my age, my friends. It’s a really nice feeling when you can make someone feel like you’re saying something that they feel like they can’t say. Their words, not mine. But you know, I think that’s something that art does for a lot of people in America and around the world and in New Hampshire too.
Peter Biello: Well, Lexi, thank you so much for coming into the studio and telling me about your music. I really appreciate this.
Lexi Louise (Klain): Thank you very much for having me.
Peter Biello: Lexi Louise is a musician from New Hampshire and her music is available on Spotify. And you can also find a link to his Instagram on our website nhpr.org, where you can also find all of the interviews from our Summer Music Series.