After almost a decade spent as a professional musician, a global pandemic served as an unexpected but welcome chance for Melbourne musician Lakyn to reset. He moved in with his parents, and the 8 months he spent with them allowed him to re-charge, as well as capture a renewed passion for writing music. He’s also discovered a love of cooking, as well as eating vegan thanks to his partner, and it’s given him a new outlook. He says, “I’m just doing so much more with my life because of the diet and the energy I get.”
While 2020 put a pause on touring, it also allowed Lakyn to throw himself into writing new music. As a result of being stuck inside, he found himself busy working on music that replicated the feeling of a holiday. As the world slowly returns back to normal, Lakyn’s music serves as a reminder that even if you’re deep in the daily grind, you can still live life to the fullest. He says that he wants his music to soundtrack your daily routine, and make every day feel like a holiday, even when you’re working. As Lakyn puts it, musicians don’t tend to get holidays, so he sets his life up to feel like a 24/7 vacation. “My life is based around positivity, and I deserve to feel that every day, regardless of if I’m working or not. If I can make music, I’m happy.”
The first taste of his writing sessions over the last 18 months can be heard in the form of his new single Wayfarer, a tribute to the Ray-Ban sunglasses of the same name. Lakyn says the song was written with a specific audience in mind, as he imagines it’d fit in perfectly on a radio station in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. The track, which was written alongside producer Kyran Daniel and Aussie rising star G Flip, serves as a bridge between Lakyn’s previous music, and what’s on the horizon.
Speaking about working with the pair, he says that he wanted to create something that captured the renewed positivity he was feeling. Lakyn elaborated, explaining, “I wanted to make something with a good vibe. The world has been through so much, and I don’t need to be talking about my emotions. I wanted to focus on positivity. This led onto what I had been going through and highlighted something that other people had gone through; reinventing yourself through COVID.” It’s his way of showcasing his renewed positive outlook on life, as well as giving fans a piece of music to lose themselves in.
He took his love of Grand Theft Auto’s radio stations a step further throughout 2020, “launching” the fictional radio station Daytona 4.32fm (he recorded a show where he played both radio host and interviewee, but it never saw the light of day). He used the time spent in lockdown to build a merch line for the radio station, with the tagline “Everybody Hertz”, including skateboards, hats and t-shirts Radio-themed puns aside, Lakyn imagines that if Daytona 4.32fm was real, they’d be playing Wayfarer on repeat. It’s a track designed to be played on the days where you’d rather be swimming in the sea.
Wayfarer is accompanied by a music video, which captures the beauty of Sydney. It’s a cinematic production, and it allows you to get a glimpse into the life of Lakyn. He’s pretty proud of it too, saying, “the music video showcases a day spent sticking to my guns. Because it’s wholesome, I’m proud of it. That’s what I like – life and the simple things that surround us.” Lakyn’s making music for the better days ahead, and we’re all the better for it. Just don’t let Lakyn down by forgetting to eat your veggies.