You’re browsing the Internet, absently switching through tabs and listening to music with miserably tangled earphones. You read a couple memes, like a couple pictures, and then the song changes. It tunes you in, you’re now alert and you resume switching tabs, this time you’re looking for the page that’s playing the music. You hit repeat at the end of the song, and after a third time, you download it. It’s fresh. “Her name is Lemon…” you tell your friends, excited to share a few songs by the new artist. Give it a couple months and you won’t be saying anything because her music speaks for itself and they’ll know exactly who she is as they sing along to a song like “You Know Too Much.”Follow @musicbylemon
Flashback to four years ago: Victoria Sheahan – better known as Lemon. – is packing her bags in London, Ontario, she’s called this city home for years but now she’s leaving it for Toronto. It’s a short trip, but it will go a long way in the making of her career.
Today, Lemon. is producing records in Canada’s music powerhouse and The Remix Project is playing a significant role in the process. The Remix Project operates in both Toronto and Chicago mentoring youth ages 15-24 with the mission of providing them with creative and academic support. Tay Lewis ( a fellow alumni from The Remix Project) adds the drums and percussion’s to a beat Lemon. has produced, which is later mixed by Spencer Muscio a.k.a Moose and is now one of Lemon.’s best known songs, entitled Better For You.
Better For You is a down right catchy song as well as an innovative genre-bender. When asked about how she would classify her music, she playfully answers, “if I had to define it, I’d say my music combines elements of Synthpop, R&B, Electronic, Indie, and Hip Hop music.”
“I’m trying to create something that people haven’t heard before, so I like the fact that [my music] doesn’t fit into any category that currently exists.”
Ambiguity is a good thing. Originality is exactly what people are looking for in music today, and Lemon. is walking straight into uncharted territory. One can only expect that with a name like that, there’s no doubt that we’ll be hearing more refreshing new sounds from this new talent. It’s hard to say what the future holds, but one thing’s for sure: keep an ear on Lemon because when she performs, you’ll want to be the first in line.
GET THE JUMP ON LEMON. (Q & A)
How did you come up with the name Lemon.?
The idea came to me when I saw a Volkswagen ad from the 1960’s with just the car and “Lemon” in bold type underneath. “Lemon” is the word for a car that is defective, and the ad explained that that particular car had a scratch on the chrome glove compartment and that it needed to be replaced. By calling myself Lemon., I’m not saying that I’m defective, but I’m not perfect, and in my opinion imperfection is beautiful.
When did you first get involved in music and when did you know you were going to fully pursue this?
I’ve been involved in music pretty much since I could talk. I’ve known I wanted to make music for my whole life, and I’ve really been gearing down in the last couple years.
You seem really proficient in piano, how long have you been playing and do you play any other instruments or produce?
Aside from my voice, piano was my very first instrument. I started classical piano and voice lessons when I was 6 years old, and continued until I was 17. I also play guitar, and for a brief period, viola. I’ve been producing music since I was about 14 years old.
Who are your biggest music influences?
When it comes to music, I listen to songs I like rather than all works by one artist/group. So I don’t really have specific musical influences. However, right now I’m listening to a lot of Frank Ocean, BANKS, FKA Twigs, and Chrome Sparks.
What do you draw inspiration from?
I like to be really honest in my music, so a lot of my inspiration for lyrics is drawn from personal experiences. I also draw a lot of inspiration from art and nature.
What was it like working with Tay Lewis?
Tay and I are both part of round 12 of The Remix Project here in Toronto, which is an amazing space for creative individuals. Tay is an incredibly talented producer and a really good guy. It’s great to work with him. You’ll definitely be hearing more from us in the future.
Which do you prefer, Indie Labels, or Big Labels, and why?
As of right now I prefer being Independent. At this point I like having the freedom to make my own creative decisions without the pressure of a label’s interests. Indie labels and big labels each have their benefits and drawbacks; it all depends on your intention for your music.
What can we expect from your new music?
No expectations. I always find that when I don’t have any expectations going into something, the experience is much better than when I do. I like to experiment with my music so what I make today might not be what I make tomorrow. If you can expect anything from me it’s that I will be releasing lots of new music in the next year.
How did heartbreak impact your past music (Better For You and You Know Too Much)?
Heartbreak is one of the most powerful emotional experiences, and is one that many, if not all, of us as humans can relate to. I believe the best music is written when it comes from a place of emotional honesty, so in that way, I’m thankful for my experience with heartbreak.
How do you get ready for a live performance?
I have yet to perform as Lemon. but be sure to keep up with me on social media for impromptu Toronto performances.
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FEATURE PHOTO: MICHELLE NG
LEMON HERSELF: LEMON.