Hailing from Camden, Lili Caseley is a singer and songwriter who creates soulful pop about love, experiences past and present. Her songs are influenced by her Portuguese and French heritage and take influence from her favourite poets and pop stars. We caught up with Lili ahead of the release of new single ‘C’est La Vie’.
Pop! With influences from soul and focus on lyrics.
First up, tell us about yourself - what got you into music?
My name is Lili Caseley, I’m from North London. My mum is Portuguese and French, and I’m bilingual in French.
I’ve been singing and writing little poems since little, I started doing musical theatre at school, then sang in a jazz band and learnt how to scat, then was in a hip hop group and then went full force with solo music. I’ve always been drawn to it.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from?
I always loved Freddie Mercury for his stage presence and confidence and Madonna for her unforgettable ability to be herself in a society that was always telling her who to be. I love Judy Garland’s voice and Billie Holiday’s too.
How would you describe your musical style?
Pop! With influences from soul and focus on lyrics :)
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
I’d love to collaborate with The Weeknd.
Tell us about your new single ‘C’est La Vie’. What’s it about?
It’s about an ending relationship and learning how to say goodbye to it because it cannot be resolved. When I was little, my mum used to always say to be ‘C’est la vie’ to help me get over the situation :) That’s life!
When did you write it and where did you record it?
Wrote it last year and recorded it at the producers house in the studio.
How does ‘C’est La Vie’ represent your style?
It encapsulates my personality and a sound I’ve always wanted from my music.
What are your hopes for ‘C’est La Vie’?
I hope people will love it and connect with it and to reach more people with it.
How’s the rest of 2020 looking for you in what’s becoming a crazy year?
At the moment all my live stuff has been shifted to online and I’m actually learning a lot about utilising social media. Also, performing for a camera ca be quite nerve wracking :)
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
Just because they don’t see it it doesn’t mean you don’t have it. And don’t be so hard on yourself, we’re all here to learn :)