Introducing: Loote

When you hear American pop duo Loote’s music for the first time, the first thing you’ll think is ‘Why have I never heard this before?The New York-based pairing, composed of Emma Lov Block and Jackson Foote, are producing infectious pop tracks that will be stuck in your head all day, combining Oh Wonder-esque vocals with an upbeat and danceable electronic base. Their debut single ‘High Without Your Love’, which they released in May, has over 32 million streams on Spotify, and ‘Out of My Head’, which they brought out in September, is just as obsessively listenable. With their EP coming up on the horizon, we caught up with Emma to discuss how they got started and where it’s all heading…

How did you first get into music?

I’ve always been really musical. As a kid I was super into theatre, and classical [music] – [I played] classical piano, I didn’t like it very much, but then I learned the guitar and it helped me start writing songs. So like, from a very young age I was super into music.

That’s cool! So how did you guys start making music together? I understand you met in a writing class?

Yeah, we were both in the same songwriting class and our producer, the publisher, put us together, he’s the producer. And we wrote one song together, randomly, as partners, and then we just kind of kept working together ever since. And that’s, now, four years ago. So then he became our publisher.

What is it, do you think, that makes you [two] work well when writing music? What were your first impressions when you first wrote that song that made you think ‘This is someone that I’d like to write more music with’?

I think that it’s a mix of who we are as people, and also the kinds of music we listened to growing up. Like, Jackson listened to a lot of R&B, and I listened to completely the opposite kind of music. So there was a weird mix of, like, bops and show tunes and… and it kind of combined itself into this cool mix of pop music.

Do you think that having those different influences means that you can both bring things to the table that the other one wouldn’t necessarily have thought of?

Absolutely. We just think very differently, and […] I think that the different influences that we have [mean that] we wouldn’t think of the other half.

We were actually just talking about this last week – we’ve been adding a lot of quote-unquote ‘real instrumentation’ into our tracks, and, you know, guitars are very ‘in’ now, again. And when we first started, I wanted to write stuff like that and he was talking to me about that and he was like, ‘Ha! That’s really funny!’ He like, turned around as he was working on something and he was like ‘You know, you wanted to do this four years ago and now it’s finally happening.’ It’s like ‘real’ music again – not that it wasn’t ‘real’ music before, but it was a lot of aesthetic-sounding stuff and he was super heavy influencing on everything and now people are kind of gravitating more towards, you know, guitars and stuff like that. And it’s this eclectic mix of what we do.

We’re figuring our sound out, and our sound is what’s happening in music, and that’s a really cool combination of things happening.

We’re figuring our sound out, and our sound is what’s happening in music, and that’s a really cool combination of things happening.
Emma Lov Block

That’s really cool. You co-wrote and produced ‘No Promises’ for Cheat Codes and Demi Lovato – is it a different process, do you think, writing for other people versus writing for yourselves?

I think that the way that we work best is by not categorising it into writing for other people versus ourselves. So when we go in and write a song, we just want to write a really great song. Like, we just wanna write the best song we can write. And sometimes the best song that you [can] write isn’t necessarily something that works for you to sing onstage but, you know, it’ll sound really awesome when somebody else gets in on it.

And we wrote [‘No Promises’] with our friend in like a day, and then we spent weeks on it afterwards. We usually end up getting like 80% of a song idea in a day, and then the rest of it is kind of figuring out how to make it sound amazing. Like, how to make it something that we’re proud of.

And so I think that it is and it isn’t the same thing, because of course when you find out that so-and-so wants to do it or so-and-so wants to produce it or something like that, it becomes a bit of a process and it’s a collaborative effort.

Yeah, so what was it like writing your recent single ‘Out of My Head’? It’s such a great song – what was it like writing that?

We wrote that with our friend Jeremy, and he actually also wrote ‘High Without Your Love’ with us, and we kind of got back in the room and writing together – and we didn’t know that was going to be our song, actually – and then we started writing it and Jackson and I both looked at each other like ‘Uh-oh. We’re gonna do this again.’ And it’s very much about us, and I mean even particularly about me – we both have struggled with anxiety, so, I said something while we were writing the song about overthinking, and all of a sudden for all of us we were like ‘Oh, I’m the queen of overthinking’ – that describes me in a sentence. And it’s just so… every time I sing it now, I mean I smile a little bit because it’s just so perfect to say, and I feel like it just feels so personal.

I think that that’s what most people will say about knowing a song is for you, as well. That when you sing it, you feel it, every time it’s you, in a song. And I think it was a very different experience with that, because we started writing it, realised as we were writing it that this was gonna be for us ‘cause we were like ‘Alright, this is really personal, let’s just go for it.’

Yeah, well it turned out really well, I really love that song…

Thank you! Me too! [Both laugh]

… So what’s coming up in the future for you? Are there any big plans that you’re really excited about?

Well, we’ve started playing more shows, […] we’re really excited about the next few things that we have coming out… We [recently] spent a few weeks in L.A. writing with people, and just kind of getting a change of pace. And I think it really changed our work ethic.

I know it sounds kinda tacky, but getting out of New York after being here for a really long time kind of, you know, changes the way that you think about it and it’s really nice to, you know, get out of your own head and go someplace new and then come back and be in that really aggressive work mode again. And that, combined with playing shows, getting out more, really committing to do this project that we started, is really cool. And we’re super excited for everything that’s coming out.

One last question – what’s the best piece of advice that anyone’s given you since you started your career in music?

Um, just keep doing it, over and over again, even if you think that it sounds bad. [Laughs] I mean… in music generally or like writing music? Because I know that Jackson would say that too, that you’re gonna write a lot of really bad songs. But then all of a sudden you’re gonna write a lot of really good songs. And that might not happen ‘til like a year after you’ve been writing them. Just practice working on your craft and figuring out who you wanna be. All of that is the same thing, I think… Yeah, he always says that, about putting in the work.

Thanks Emma! 

Watch the video for Loote’s single ‘Out of My Head’ below. 

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