Pop Quiz: Lo-Fang



pq14_lofangAidin Vaziri | The electronic pop musician Matthew Hemerlein, who performs under the name L0-Fang, is on the road with Lorde. We figured that made it is as good a time as any to get to know him better, before the Grammys and millions go to his head. The 30-year-old Maryland native grew up studying classical music, playing violin, cello, upright bass, piano, guitar and mandolin. On his first album, “Blue Film,” Hemerlein blends his orchestral background with modern beats and a soaring falsetto to create music that is just as captivating as that of his tour partner. We spoke with him from New York. Lo-Fang and Lorde play two sold-out shows at the Fox Theater this week.

Q: The album is so intricate – how do you pull it off live?

A: We have a trio. I play violin and guitar and sing, then I have a drummer and a percussionist that uses a lot of found objects to replicate the percussion sounds on the album. A lot of the sounds on the record were a door creaking or me kicking my floor. Or just like a paper bag or scissors.


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