Behind the Song
North Dakota born and raised, Lavender Schaffer brings a youthful perspective to older sounds and ideas. Heavily influenced by the likes of Ben Folds, Kendrick Lamar, Gorillaz, etc.. Lavender likes to bring in a wide array of sounds, styles, and themes to craft challenging yet pleasing songs. The singer/songwriter also self-produces, mixes, and masters all their own material.
Graduating from Musician’s Institute with a degree of no intrinsic value, they’ve continued down the path of poor financial goals and continue to work on a career in music, despite what the world says.
For fans who have never heard your music, can you pick three words to describe it?! If three words just aren't enough then tell us more!!
Eclectic, thoughtful, & conceptual. Especially with these first couple solo projects I've got in development, they're very built around a concept, such as "How do you deal with living in the end of the world?" with this first one. Each song itself tends to vary quite a bit in specific topic, but they all work together to fit that theming.
What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else?) Tell us why.
Definitely when everything comes together, a song/album thats finally finished. Due to lack of resources, I've had to do everything from writing, producing to mastering all myself, so hearing a song I made that sounded basic originally become something far cleaner and more professional sounding is so amazing honestly.
Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you?
Well, it's like being in my room with my laptop I got in 2017. It's beyond primitive but I make it work. A lot of time is spent recording and refining vocals, as they are the most important part to me, so making sure they're as strong as possible is important.
Okay, this a fun question. When you are not doing music, what else do you enjoy doing?
Everything. I like doing things and find myself delving into new topics and hobbies all the time, this includes video making/editing, carpentry, D&D, streaming, coding, improv comedy, writing a book, graphic design, etc... Now if only I could turn any of these hobbies into an actual job hah.
Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why?
Kendrick Lamar, dude's been putting out unbelievably well-crafted personal stories in the form of albums for years. The ability to write songs that not only gets you to think, but to vibe with it for years is an art form in an of itself, and Kendrick stands as one of the greats for a reason. Plus I find it absolutely fascinating that such an uncompromisingly pro-black artist like Kendrick is so adored by white America, not a thing you see often.
Can you tell us what song you've written that is the most emotional and describe the meaning behind it?
Definitely What the End of the World Looks Like. It's the youth experience of living in such bleak, hopeless times. Like nobody my age really expects to get very far before everything collapses. Not to mention so many of these issues were known about decades before we were born, and yet were just ignored by many of our elders. It's exhausting, to say the least. However, it's important to say that while this may be our reality right now, that doesn't mean it can't get better. The album may kick off with such an emotionally draining track, but it's ultimately optimistic, even if tenuously so.
Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?
Yes, quite a lot! Too much if you ask me hah. I think I've got over 30 songs in production right now, split between various projects like my band Flavourtown or my 2nd solo album. I think the next year will see a small EP release to commemorate the fact I was broken up with. While I'm certainly no Taylor Swift, I'm pretty proud of how it's turning out. Not to mention the whole thing is a big Ben Folds reference, which is always fun
Tell us where fans can access your music.
It should be available on all major streaming platforms!