“I feel like with every collaboration there’s always a point where the baby is almost two-headed or something. We start to see it differently, we both have our attachments to it in different ways and there’s always this meeting of the minds where we have to find the happy medium.”
It’s artists like Lake Lady that are establishing Oakland as an important cultural hub for bay area music. The past few decades have seen the east bay explode with a great variety of musical movements. Charise Sowells, better known as Lake Lady, demonstrates the breadth of musical styles Oakland-based artists have become famous for. Her main project draws from such electronified singer-songwriter acts as Massive Attack and Portishead while adding her own soulful flair that harkens to the history of urban Oakland. She’s collaborated with a wide variety of musicians and producers and continues to add new elements to her sound while maintaining her own artistic vision.
Lake Lady also features a secondary ukulele project, in which she performs ukulele accompanied by accordion and electric bass. The eclectic mix of sounds is once again colored by Charise’s soulful songwriting and vocal style. Charise was nice enough to visit us in the studio and talk about some of her projects, as well as her experiences in some of music’s most important cities. She also discusses the importance of collaboration in finding and creating her own unique sound. Tune into the full interview to hear what she has to say!