There’s a question weighing on MC Lozen’s mind.
Is it better to work on a project until you’re completely happy with it or stick to a deadline and adhere to the “done is better than perfect” approach?
“It’s that kind of push and pull with how much do we hold onto it and then decide to let it go?” she said. “Having deadlines are important.
But, as a creative, at the same time, if you have a contract to write a book and the book isn’t ready, the book isn’t ready.”
In this case, the “book” is her forthcoming EP, Goal Digger, which she’s been working on in pieces for some time. There have been obstacles — from nailing down time with her new collaborator to indulging in a mind-altering brownie that prompted her to rewrite tracks — but, at long last, the first single and its accompanying video are set to drop this week.
“Rumors” loosely addresses an incident that happened years earlier while Lozen (also known as Meaghan Mullaly) was on tour with the now-defunct Whistler hip-hop group, Animal Nation. “I had never really written about everything that happened,” she said. “I came out and asked him (Garnet Clare, Animal Nation vocalist/producer/keyboardist) if it was OK to. I didn’t mention any names; I didn’t want it to be a pointing fingers piece or anything, but because he knew what I was alluding to I was wondering if it was OK and he gave me the green light.”
In fact, Clare ended up directing the video, which was shot in Whistler. “I’ve been sitting on it for a couple of years now,” Lozen added.
The video — shot in black and white — features Lozen in various dreamy Whistler locales — meditating on a dock, dancing on an old, abandoned truck in the forest, under a graffiti-scrawled overpass — intercut with three women meditatively marching with black landline phones.
“I call it choreography loosely,” she said. “I wanted symbolism with the telephones. I wanted more depth to it.”
She also wanted to take over editing duties — which required her to learn a new skill. That meant it took extra long to finish, but in the end, Lozen was happy with her output. “I’ve been learning and doing tutorials and doing my own home school of it. I think for all artists, we’re always hard on ourselves and we always want to be better.”
Similarly, she’s been writing — and rewriting — her seven-song EP, thanks, in part, to a pot brownie. After a period of abstaining, one Saturday night Lozen decided to ditch her pajamas-and-tea combo and indulge in the treat a friend gave her. “I ate the brownie and I had this experience where I was re-thinking the (title) ‘Goal Digger’ track… I ended up rewriting it.”
She compared the resulting song to Macklemore’s “Same Love,” but rather than rights for same-sex couples it delves into various religions.
“I love the track, but that can’t be the opening,” she said. “That can’t set the tone for the record. So then I needed to sit down and write another track.”
In short, fans might have to wait a little longer for the EP release, but in the meantime, they’ll have the new single (set to be released on YouTube on Tuesday) — and a handful of live performances, which is often the best way to support local music, she added.
“Support your local artists — not just us as musicians, but writers and people acting and doing plays,” she said. “If they did it for the money, I don’t think they’d be doing it.”
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