An Interview With Pop Singer Loreta
Type 3 Media: You were in the spotlight at a very early age; how has that exposure helped you get to where you are today?
Loreta: It’s definitely very helpful. It teaches you from the young age how to be responsible and how to have a really good work ethic, which I think is very important In any field of work. It’s definitely something that’s really helpful for me today.
T3M: Do you remember the things you experienced at the age of four?
Loreta: Yes I do. I was already stretching out back then. I wanted everything to be perfect; the singing, the piano playing, the outfits, things like that. I was very much in control of everything that was around me.
T3M: Through your parents, you’ve also had the opportunity to live in many different places around the world, from Lithuania to Spain. What do you like about living in the United States?
Loreta: Since I was a little girl it has always been my dream to live in the United States, because I loved American music so much. I felt like I was born in the wrong country in a way, even though I love my country so much. It’s just been my goal since I was a little girl. I got to live in a lot of wonderful places, and I got to live in London as well, where I finished my education. Los Angeles is the place where I feel really good. And the only place where I feel like I can be myself and I’m never judged. It was definitely a great choice for me to move here. I also moved here because I knew people in the music industry who I worked with previously, so it was a perfect move for me.
T3M: You speak several languages; have you had a chance to record music in any language other than English?
Loreta: Absolutely! My second single “Happily Never After” is already recorded in English and Spanish and we’re about to record it in Russian as well. Hopefully, I’ll get to record some songs in Lithuanian.
T3M: Is one language more pleasing to sing than another?
Loreta: Obviously, English is my favorite language to sing in, but when I recorded in Spanish I was amazed how beautifully it flows when you are singing. It was really incredible. And now I’d say that English and Spanish and are my favorites to sing. Russian is good too, but it’s so much harder. The phrasing is much more difficult.
T3M: What inspired you to choose to record Michael Jackson’s “Stranger In Moscow”?
Loreta: “Stranger in Moscow” has always been very personal to me. I guess Michael wrote it when he was going through a very difficult time in his life. When I heard that song for the first time I felt like I feel exactly the same way. Being a child star when you’re misunderstood in the press, in your personal life, and with kids at school. It was a song that made me realize I’m not the only one. When I was listening to all of Michael’s songs, I decided to do a tribute. Somehow “Stranger in Moscow” was just the song to do. I am happy that I chose that song. It was difficult to record because it’s painful and I broke down a couple times because I was so emotional. I gave it my heart and soul, and I think it turned out OK.
T3M: How has the fan feedback and so far?
Loreta: I was really really scared at first, because for me it is a very personal kind of thing. I wasn’t expecting this to be the single that I would take advantage of because it’s somebody else’s song. It was meant as a thank you to Michael Jackson for inspiring me for many years. When we first put it online, I was scared that many Michael Jackson fans would be mad it me for doing that. But I’ve never gotten any negative feedback at all. If anything, people have been thanking me. It’s been really positive.
T3M: You’re in the studio recording; is it for an album or are you reporting one single at a time?
Loreta: I do have a lot of songs written already, enough for several albums. I have an idea of which songs are going to go into the debut album, but we are now polishing the singles. I’m meeting with a lot of producers to see who’s very innovative and creative and to see who will be the perfect producer for this record. We’ll also be shooting a video for the first single very soon.
T3M: How did you like working with Brendan Hawkins and Brian Golub?
Loreta: They’re both fantastic guys, and they’re both fantastic musicians. Just really really nice people. I heard their remixes a couple days ago and I was really blown away. They did five versions, so now I have to choose, and it’s really hard because they are amazing. I’m definitely lucky to have them on my team.
T3M: Sounds like fans might have a treat of some B-sides in the future.
T3M: Where can people find your latest single in order to hear your music?
Loreta: Right now we have the Michael Jackson tribute online as a free download . We also have a couple of demos on the website as well. On Facebook, (facebook.com/xoxoloreta) I talk to my fans every day and that’s where I update everything that’s going on.