Five Questions With Lhasa Petik

Winnipeg, MB-based pop artist, Lhasa Petik released her new single, “Here And Gone” on April 16, 2021. With well over one million streams to her name, Petik is one of the country’s hidden gems.

Beyond being a singer-songwriter, Lhasa is also a multi-instrumentalist and producer. Her distinct, husky vocals are almost always accompanied by her beloved ukulele or guitar. She also plays the violin, stand up, electric bass, and piano. Balancing the line somewhere between lo-fi bedroom electronics and organic instrumentation, Lhasa creates a fresh sound that lies on the fringes of pop.

Check out “Here And Gone” below, and find out more about Lhasa Petik via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hey, thanks so much for the questions! My name is Lhasa Petik, and I’m a bedroom producer, singer, and songwriter from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I think my writing style is constantly changing, but one thing that has remained consistent is my cycle between productive highs and crazy crashes. I always work in bursts and usually stew in my own emotions until I have an idea for a hook, chord progression, or video. However, once I have one idea, multiple songs/videos tend to flow out in a short period of time until I burn myself out again. It may not be the healthiest process, but I’m learning to embrace the times where I am not creative, and use those times to cook, go for walks or hang with my dog. I think those breaks are incredibly necessary, and I use them to reflect on my emotions, but I only process those feelings properly when writing.

As for the writing itself, I usually base my lyrics on an idea or theme and choose a rhythmic flow that I vibe with. After I have the skeleton of a song, I pop into ableton and start recording/mucking around with production ideas. I’ve found that my end product is usually pretty close to the first demo I create, so I’m trying to trust my gut instinct, which is hard to do when you overthink everything.

How have you been keeping creative during the Pandemic?

Honestly, it has been a little bit tough to stay inspired throughout this whole ordeal, but I think that is to be expected. I have found it difficult to manage the periods where I am not inspired because I have based a lot of my self-worth on my ability to be creative. It’s tough to be forgiving with yourself, but I’m lucky to have a great group of people around me that inspire and help me get through those creative ruts. If all else fails, I find that taking a break from listening to music and consuming media is necessary because sometimes the noise of the world can be a little much.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

Ooh… Tough question. I know art is insanely subjective, but I would have to go with “take it slow” with my bud Max Fry. The track came together in a super organic way, and I don’t think either one of us second-guessed much on it. I think this tune is one of the few that I didn’t overthink, and the rawness of the vocals/uke is what makes it special to me. Also, Max absolutely killed the production. I love juxtaposition in music, and I reckon the acoustic and electronic elements complement each other well.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

There are so many insanely talented Canadians, but some of my favourites that I’ve been bumping lately are Verzache, bülow, Jessie Reyez, Begonia, and Carly Rae Jepson. All vastly different in their genres, but they’re all killer at what they do!

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