Welcome to Miami Music Buzz, LOMIJOH! Will you tell us a little about your background?
I feel like I used to do different things at the same time, and sometimes I’m wondering why do I like complexity? I had a tennis career, I did a law school, and modeling career at the same time. I learned so much and it strengthened my personality and made the person that I am today. I grew up most of my childhood in Paris, and since my young adulthood began I’ve been around some places and been in NY for 2-3 years.
How did your musical journey start?
So I’m my childhood, I first did dance, tennis, and piano. I dropped dancing and continued tennis and piano. I was songwriting and singing while doing my piano but I never took it seriously, and never really allowed myself to dream about it, so I decided to pursue my tennis career instead. Therefore I stopped tennis, I started modeling, and my law studies. Then I reconnected with myself and asked myself why I always thought that I could not do it. I decided to take a big step in my life and truly follow my first passion with love and determination because in the end, I don’t want to regret it. So here I am!
You have recently released your debut single “Don’t Let It Go”, what inspired you to record it?
“Don’t Let It Go” is one of the very first songs that I wrote. I wanted people to recognize themselves in relationships and question themselves about how love is so important, and we should listen to our hearts instead of our logical thoughts. The easy way is to let go instead of taking care of the precious love and feeding it with water because love is like a plant. If you want it to grow you should put some water in it, and if you stop doing it for months, then don’t expect that the plant will be the same.
How would you describe your sound?
When I hear my music I want it in the first place to be meaningful and to transmit a message. What is beautiful in music is that no matter how it sounds, by just listening to the lyrics, you can feel something even in a different language you speak. I want people to feel what I want to say, even if sometimes it can be in a very light way or a very deep way. I want to share my spirit with people and open their hearts with all the influences that impact my music: R&B, soul, jazz, Hip-Hop. I want to break barriers and be able to tell a story no matter what is the “genre,” if I feel this way.
What does your creative process look like? Do you work with producers or create music by yourself?
For now, my creative process is very free. I can have a melody in my head, I record it on my phone, then I spend some time thinking about it, and the lyrics can come to me. Basically, there are no rules. I can wash my dishes and have a melody in my head. For “Don’t Let It Go” I first transcribed the melody on my piano, then added the lyrics on, and then contacted some producers to help me with the recording process.
We know you are also a successful model! If you have to choose between modeling and creating music, what would it be?
I would choose music because this is the only thing where I can feel vulnerable and complete at the same time.
What are you working on now? Any upcoming projects we can look for?
Yes, I’m planning to release my first rap single in the middle or end of April. I’m very excited about it because I can show people a different aspect of my personality, we all have that YIN and YANG energy inside of us.