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Lylo Gold

"You can buy them in your local corner shop from boss man for £1."

East London born and raised, Lylo Gold is a reminder that UK R&B is here to stay. The soulful songstress continues to raise the bar with her sultry sound and versatile vocals. A clear product of her 90’s predecessors, she brings a modern feel to her take on life, lessons and love. We had a chat with Lylo to find why everyone should go to their local corner shop and visit boss man.

NEO:Where did your artist name come from?

LYLO GOLD:Lylo has two meanings. One being “lie low” as although I am somewhat of an extroverted person I am quite particular with my personal relationships. I’m a people person but not an ‘everybody, body’ if that makes sense? And then you have a ‘lilo’ which floats on water; I'm quite resilient that way, no matter what happens I manage to stay afloat.

And Gold! That’s just me, when the heat is turned up, I adapt and always stay shining!

NEO:How would you describe your music journey?

LYLO GOLD:My music journey has been many things, at times it has been a struggle, juggling the various things that I do outside of music, but it has enabled me to meet some incredible people, be in phenomenal spaces and surrounded by brilliant minds.

Like in anything, there are a fair share of opportunists but I have learnt along the way that trusting your intuition will help you when in this game

NEO:How long have you been making music

LYLO GOLD:My whole life, since I was very young. I just didn’t realise it until I got older and reflected on my journey.

NEO:Who inspires you musically?

LYLO GOLD: Well firstly, my absolute idol is Mariah Carey! I just adore her, I love Whitney, Amy Winehouse and how can I forget Jazmine Sullivan, but there is also something that I love about male vocalists - Bobby Brown, Earth Wind and Fire to Wham.

NEO: What’s life like for you outside of music?

LYLO GOLD:I consider myself a bit of an activist, so I do a lot of reading. I also do a lot of work around rehabilitation and holistic well-being. Outside of that I love trap music, making good food and just having a laugh. I’ll admit i’ve been told my sense of humour is a little bit warped, but I'm very creative, fun and social.

NEO:Do you have any up and coming projects you are working on?

LYLO GOLD:So much! It’s super exciting! The sound is fresher and more developed. The project reflects the mental and emotional state that I was in at the time that I wrote it and I can’t wait to share it with everyone

NEO: What is your guilty pleasure?

LYLO GOLD:Kylie Minogue. I really love her music, but I tend to enjoy it in private!

NEO: You are in a small party with people you do not know. What would be your party trick you would bring out to lighten the mood?

LYLO GOLD:I would suggest that we do impromptu karaoke so that I could do my Fantasia ‘When I see you’ rendition! It has seen me out of some awkward silences, I swear by it!

NEO:If you were a snack what would you be and why?

LYLO GOLD: I’d be the Balsamic Vinegar flavour Kettle Chips. They’re tangy, niche, a little classy and you can buy them in your local corner shop from boss man for £1. (Gives back from the community lol)

NEO: If you could make a difference in the world, what would you be known for?

LYLO GOLD:I’d like to be known for creating a healthy and conducive space for disadvantaged and talented people, enabling them to become self-sufficient and healthy in mind, body and soul.

As someone that has grown up in and around marginalised communities I understand the importance of advocating for those who don't have the platform or voice to advocate for themselves.