Music Fix | Lion Babe

NYC duo Jillian Hervey (25) and Lucas Goodman (26) make up one of the hottest acts in the world right now. Fresh from announcing a brand new collaboration with Disclosure, we managed to bag their latest track ‘Impossible’ for our WeAreHot TV ad this summer AND catch up with them to find out how they met, their influences and more...

How did you meet?

J - We met a my first college party years ago through a mutual friend of ours. Lucas' song was playing at the party and I introduced myself after hearing the track. We reconnected a few years later

L - Yah our friend Zach Baker brought Jillian to a party we were at. We didn’t talk that much when we first met just said what up and things. She said she liked a song I made that was playing

Who are your musical inspirations?

J - I have a wide range of inspirations but some great ones are Earth Wind and Fire, James Brown, Tribe Called Quest, Billie Holiday and James Blake

L - J Dilla, Lee Scratch Perry, Flying Lotus, Funkadelic, Outkast, Kanye, Wu Tang, Iggy Pop, The Cramps

What did you grow up listening to?

J- I listened to tons of different stuff. Oldies from my Dad 70s and 60s, 90s hip hop and pop, indie rock and whatever I would hear in dance class, the list goes on

L - I grew up listening to a lot music. I started playing guitar when I was 11 and got a full on education from my Dad in bands like Led Zeppelin, The Ramones.. Jimi Hendrix. I discovered A Tribe Called Quest and Wu Tang Clan and then really got into beats and the different types of music that was sampled on those records

Who’s on your radar at the moment?

J - Just saw Sango live and loved it! I love Soundcloud

L - Knxwledge, Gravez, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Travis Scott. Lots of dope new music coming out now

What’s the best thing about each other?

J- I think we are both free spirits and support that. It's easier to take a risk with someone willing and able

L - We're passionate and we love to make things and have fun

Describe yourself in three words

J - Curious, flexible, passionate

L - Focused, hungry, chilling

What influences your style?

J- Nature, history, nostalgia and my family

L - Family, NYC, my favourite people

What’s your favourite emoji?

J - Still waiting on a Lion emoji but I love the fire emoji, can't go wrong

L - Fire one def. waiting for a T - Rex one though

If you could be anyone else for the day, who would it be and why?

J - I would be a safari guide or some one who interacts with wild animals

L - An astronaut cuz I wanna see space and planets

Who’s hot right now?

J - Drake is killing it per usual

L - Mad Max was the jam in cinema

Tell us about ‘Impossible’...

J – It’s a track originated by our good friends and producers in the UK Joel Compass and Linden Jay. It feels good for the summer... it gets you moving. Sometimes that's all it has to be

L - Yah it’s a tune we did with the homies Joel Compass and Linden Jay. It’s about the fact that it’s impossible for someone to change your uniqueness and that’s good

If you could play anywhere in the world, where would it be?

J - There are so many places but personally I have my sights set on Brazil. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit and have yet to see a crowd so hyped! I think performing there would be an unforgettable experience

L - I have a lot of family who live in Thailand and I don't get to see them much. I would love to go there

What are you most looking forward to over the next few months?

J – I’m looking forward to playing with Mark Ronson in Ibiza and Afropunk in New York, also getting out more material

L – We’ve got some really exciting shows coming up. Afropunk in NYC and opening for Mark Ronson in Ibiza are going to be super dope. Excited to share new music too!