Rising Kent bedroom-pop star Lily Denning may be in the very early stages of her career, but is well on the way to pop-powerhouse status.
Having lent her vocals to Mahalo x DMLT’s So Cold, a track which hit number one on the US’ radio and Billboard dance charts and racked up over ten million streams, as well as releasing two singles of her own back in 2019; the foundations of Lily’s future are firmly planted.
This year we get another example of her witty and infectious lyricism in the form of Spit It Out, which extends her reach to major UK tastemakers and sees Lily likened to L Devine and Emily Burns.
Following the release, we chatted to Lily about her journey into songwriting and plans for the future.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been making music for?
Hello! I’m Lily, I’m from Kent, am 20 years old and I’ve been singing all my life but started writing my own music at about 11.
At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?
I’ve always wanted to make a career out of music but the turning point was when I left school and started Art college to have a ‘plan B’ and then realised I didn’t care about having a plan B and just wanted to sing.
What is the main source of influence for your songwriting?
I always have to write about something I’ve experienced so mainly some bad experience with a boy is my main influence!!
What is something you’ve learned about yourself through making music?
I’ve learnt / am learning to trust my instinct and to not be so heavily influenced by other people’s opinion even though it's way harder than it sounds!
What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry?
I feel like I always heard about only the negative things about this industry but actually I wish I’d known that I was gonna meet some of the best people and that it isn’t all negative at all.
Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from the city you live in?
I’m from Kent which is full of incredible talent but I’d say a few to watch are Laky, Ladybird and Havelock.
What would your dream tour & rider look like?
My dream tour at the moment would be supporting one of my favourite artists with a rider full of peanut m&ms and all my friends.
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
I’d choose the next series of Top Boy because I’m obsessed, even though I don’t think it would be anywhere near cool enough haha.
What’s the bucket list goal for you as an artist?
A headline arena tour with some amazing features coming on with me would be the DREAM.