Hailing from Germany, Felicia Lu is a 24-year-old indie-pop singer and songwriter based in Vienna, Austria, dedicating herself 100% to the music; she plays several instruments and produces her stuff.
Her music career came into the spotlight after making it to the finals of the RTL Talent show Rising Star in 2014 and the finals of the German preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017.
Following up the success of her previous release called Anxiety, Felicia started the year well by dropping a brand new single titled Dear Karma along with a pretty aesthetic music video.
Blending electro-pop and commercial sound with the level on the mind, her music career is prominent, and you can find out more in the interview below.
1- Where did you come from, where are you based now, and why?
I am German, now living in Austria. I grew up right on the border, so it never really felt like two different countries. I am currently living in Vienna, a city that has everything a soul could ask for – rivers, people, nature, a big city. I’m sure I’ll be moving someplace else in the future though. Would love to explore New York.
2- When did you start your musical career?
My first memories of music are my mom singing me to sleep every night. Pursuing music has always been my number one goal. I started joining choirs at an early age and went to music-orientated schools. The wish to actually do it for a living came when I was about 15 years old. Since then I did everything I could to improve, learn, and simply do. Since 2020 I’m happy to be doing music full-time and it’s the greatest thing ever.
3- Who influenced you?
Well, definitely my parents who always allowed me to follow my dreams and therefore enabled me to do music in the first place. Music-wise I’m a huge fan of Melanie Martínez, Billie Eilish, Lorde, David Bowie, and many more. My songwriting however definitely is very autobiographic. Songwriting is some kind of therapy for me, people I’ve met and things I have experienced are put into songs for the world to hear.
4- Which one is your favorite instrument?
I love the piano. My songs always have synths in them, so being able to play the piano at least a little helps a lot. I also really want to learn how to play the guitar. The piano seems much more logical to me though so far.
5- What is the message behind Dear Karma?
I am a strong believer that what you put out there in the world will one way or another find its way back to you. Dear Karma tells the story of me being Karma’s little helper in taking the people down who wronged me in the past. A bit of pity I suppose, but don’t we all hope for Karma sometimes?
6- What is the difference between your last release Anxiety to this new era of releases?
Anxiety actually made the first step into this new and darker era. The songs I released before like I love Me, Strangers To Lovers, Just Fine, etc. are much happier. This new era has a darker and more moody feel to it. I am super excited about what I am yet to share.
7- What motivates you, and what are your career goals?
I think my motivation comes from within. Music has been the only thing I have always been sure of and the only thing I genuinely love doing. It doesn’t feel like work when I’m working every day from 9am to 1am. My biggest dream is to be having a headliner tour, so I’m currently trying to put as much music as I can out and grow a fanbase that actually wants to see me live haha.
8- What memory do you just keep going back to?
When I first entered the music business, I was quite naive and signed my first label contract without really thinking twice. In the end that contract costed me 6 years of making and putting out music. I don’t really like to speak negatively about things, but I definitely recommend going into the business with open eyes and a good lawyer.
9- What fact are you really surprised that more people don’t know about?
That the music business isn’t all fun and just creating art. It is a lot of work, many people are involved, and finding the right people to work with can be really frustrating and hard. Don’t get me wrong – I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else for the work, but there are so many things that play a role in creating music.
10- Are your eyes different colors?
They are indeed. My mom always likes to joke around that she had an affair with David Bowie back in the 90s. It’s called Heterochromia. One of my eyes is completely blue and the other is sort of a mixture between blue, green, and brown.
11- What is next for Felicia Lu?
Many exciting things! First of all, this year I will release tons of new music – so the perfect time to jump on the wagon. There’s another huge project happening in March that I can’t really talk about just yet, but 2022 is definitely going to be eventful.