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LAist Interview: LIGHTS Opens Up About Her Intergalactic Music

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If only there could be more pop stars like LIGHTS. The Toronto-based 22-year-old is a refreshing change in an industry where young singers are often better known for their exploits than for their talents. Not only does she make synth-driven "intergalactic music," but she has also created an alter ego called "Captain LIGHTS." The character first appeared in a comic book series on LIGHTS' website, and she has recently taken it to the next level with a short animated series on MTV called Audio Quest: A Captain LIGHTS Adventure.

While LIGHTS is larger than life, there's also something about her that's very girl next door. Her interests span everything from World of Warcraft to fashion. LAist caught up with her last week to learn about her new album, tattoos, and Tuesday's show at the Troubadour.

LAist: You play everything from the guitar to the keytar. Which instrument do you most often use to write your music?

LIGHTS: It's between guitar and piano. I choose something simple, because at the core of it you need to have a good solid song—something that can be stripped down and just played on piano or guitar with vocals. Once you have that, then you can wrap it with all the fun stuff!