Q&A: LoloKamill

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How did you come up with the name of the band?
LoloKamill is a combination of my name. My nickname Lolo has stuck with me forever and comes from Lauryn, my first name. Kamill is my middle name.

How would you describe your sound?
I like to describe my sound as R&B with other elements from pop and west coast rap. I like creating songs with throwback vibes such as the 90s and early 2000s with a modern twist. I’m looking to connect and empower young people and young girls and women in particular.

When did you first become interested in playing music?
I began singing for as long as I can remember. I joke that I was singing before I could talk. I also dance and becoming an artist is my next goal as a creative person.

What’s the strangest or funniest thing that’s ever happened to you at a show?
My first live performance was at my high school prom, I was performing my song “Cost” and accidentally elbowed the feature (SAR), on stage. Luckily they were able to play it off by singing the rest of the song to each other and no one could tell. Looking back on it I think it was super fun and felt natural.

What are you listening to these days?
I’m listening to a lot of Anita Baker, as well as lots of Bay Area artists, more specifically, old-school rappers, such as E40, and Too $hort.

What does music mean to you?
It is a way of life, I feel very serious about it, and I need it to do anything.

LoloKamill

The Bay Area is full of music history. Who are some musicians who inspired you?
I grew up in Oakland so that’s what I’ve been exposed to. Some of my Oakland inspirations are Goapele, Keyshia Cole, and Kehlani.

What’s the biggest challenge in becoming a musician today?
The biggest challenge in becoming a musician today is the unrealistic expectation around the success of being a musician. It can be very discouraging seeing other artists go viral from a stunt on social media, and another artist could be putting in the time and effort, and 5 years later, still struggle to be heard.

What are some of your favorite Bay Area music venues?
Complex, Yoshi’s, The Paramount, The New Parish, and the Fox Theater.

Where do you like to get creative in San Francisco?
Home is my favorite place to get creative, I can create my own vibe, and have a good head space there so I can really focus on my time creating.

What’s one thing that people would be surprised to find out about you?
I just started recording her songs in early 2022 because I pioneered the recording studio at my high school. Go Skyline Titans!

Is there anything you’d like to plug?
My IG: https://www.instagram.com/lolokamill/

An avid drummer whose discography includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After many years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.