After nearly three years away from music, LAOLU returns in 2018 with her brand new single ‘All In Me’, as premiered exclusively via The Line Of Best Fit, taken from her forthcoming debut EP of the same name. Using her struggle with depression as a source of inspiration to return to music and pen her new single, the moody and atmospheric ballad ‘All In Me’ explores the highs and lows of battling depression, and the frequent loss of love for herself and her music.
South East London singer, songwriter and musician Laolu began singing at the tender age of 10, and always knew she wanted to make music for the rest of her life. Graduating from Westminster University, with a degree in Commercial Music Performance, Laolu was soon working with the likes of Katy B and Little Simz, and opening for UK heavyweights such as Chip, Ghetts and Ms. Dynamite.
Collaborating with DJ and producer Blinkie (Major Lazer, Wretch 32, Lana Del Rey), as well as producer P2J (Stormzy, Tinie Tempah, Chris Brown) and singer-songwriter J Warner (Kojey Radical, SG Lewis), Laolu was on the verge of her first big break in music, but had to give it all up, due to her struggles and battle with depression, made worse by the pressures of the music business.
Speaking about ‘All In Me’, Laolu confirms that, “it is based on a conversation I would have with depression if it were a person. Realising that I cannot give power to it and expect myself to move forward, it’s a conversation I have with myself also to try and let go, and be free of all the darkness. Writing this song was one of the hardest things I have had to do, but it was also really cathartic for me.
My hardest years with depression were these last couple of years, and I stopped making music completely. I had days when you want to end your life but you’re not strong enough to do so, then you beat yourself up about not committing suicide – it’s very dark and can be the loneliest thing to go through. I lost friends, and became distant with my family. I would often stay home, and just allow myself to let the darkness from depression engulf me”.
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