Having already penned songs for some of music’s biggest artists, including Usher, Justin Bieber and Britney Spears, it was only a matter of time before multi-talented and Grammy nominated artist, Bright Lights released a pop-infused track of her own.
“Billion Dollar Love” is the beautiful songstress’ first foray into the pop world. A powerful message of what true happiness is combined with hook-laden melody and an infectious groove provided by longtime producer, Freedo. The result is a new chapter in the career of one of music’s rising stars, and a calling card that the best is yet to come.
AXS recently spoke with Bright Lights about the single and her career in this exclusive new interview.
AXS: How did your new single, “Billion Dollar Love” come about?
Bright Lights: One of my favorite producers, Freedo, sent me this track a while back and I wrote the lyrics, melody and produced the vocals. The theme of the track is that if you have love, you're rich. So many people see these stars on TV chasing the money, the jets and the fame thinking that those are the things that will make you happy, when they’re not. Real happiness comes from being fulfilled in your life, loving what you do and the people you’re around. If I don’t have anything else but love, I’m still happy and feel like I’m rich. Happiness comes from love.
AXS: How would you describe your style of music?
BL: It’s definitely electronic but the melodies are always pop. It’s always got that pop sing-ability and is catchy. I try to keep it a bit fresh lyrically and I think that’s what separates me in the pop world.
AXS: What’s your writing process like?
BL: I typically write freestyle and very fast. Then later, I'll go back and comb through and edit. But the real magic of the record always comes within that first thirty to forty-five minutes. It’s within that first hour that I know if this is going to be something special. The track for “Billion Dollar Love” grabbed me as soon as I heard it. I felt like it could really be a hit.
AXS: Where do you draw your inspiration?
BL: From life. I don’t just make up a story. Even when I’d write with a pop artist, I’d sit down and ask them what was going on in their life. I'd always take what they said into consideration but at the end of the day, I have to figure out a way to make that story my own. Otherwise, you lose the magic that comes from the connection from an artist’s heart to the lyrics and story.
AXS: What was it like working with Freedo on “Billion Dollar Love”?
BL: Freedo and I have been working together for about three years and it’s incredible to watch him develop as a producer. He produces as fast as I write and record, so we’re a good match in that way. He also co-produced my last track, “Runaway” with 3LAU. He put together the initial track that I wrote to and we passed it off to Justin Blau, who polished it all up.
AXS: What can you tell me about your recent run of live shows?
BL: I've been playing a lot of shows. the last one was at the Avalon in Los Angeles which was the release party for “Billion Dollar Love”. I've been DJing for few years, doing as many shows as I can and becoming the best performer I can be. The Avalon show was the pinnacle of everything I've been working toward up to this point live.
AXS: Did you always know that a career in entertainment would be your calling?
BL: I've always been singing and performing my whole life, but having a career in entertainment wasn’t really seen as a possibility where I’m from. I thought I would end up as a trauma surgeon or somewhere in the medical field because I just loved helping people. It wasn’t until I produced and recorded my first song that I started thinking, “Wait a minute. If I could make a career out of doing this and use my music to help people, that's what I would really love to do.”
AXS: What satisfies you the most about “Billion Dollar Love”?
BL: This is the first pop record I’ve released as Bright Lights, which is really special to me because that’s where I started in this business. Dance music changed my life and I’ll never stop making dance records, but it’s a really cool feeling to come full circle and be able to release a straight up feel-good, pop record.