Lola Bates is an LA-based singer-songwriter, classical pianist, and multi-instrumentalist.
Her debut album Red Hot is now available on Human Made Records.
A classically trained pianist since age five, the 17-year-old singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s eight-song debut album will be available via all digital platforms and vinyl LP. A free record release show is confirmed for tonight at The Federal Bar North Hollywood in Los Angeles at 7pm and open to all-ages.
“I’m so excited to share with you a collection of songs inspired by my formative life experiences,” They contain feelings of nostalgia, love, heartbreak, and love of nature that dance through the many genres I’ve incorporated in my debut album Red Hot, expressing my love for all types of music, and showing my personality at the time. As you listen, I hope you can find a little bit of yourself in this music.”
On Red Hot, Lola has an eclectic take on the traditional singer-songwriter motif as she switches between piano on the song “I’m Gonna Lose You”, bass on “Red Hot” and guitar on “Hey Hey Hey”. Recording and performing with orchestras inspired Lola to write string arrangements to broaden the emotional depth of her debut album. It’s this eclecticism that is fed by her lyrical and thematic adaptability. Although she wavers between rock, pop, and jazz, the sound is uniquely her own. Sometimes sad, sometimes angry, sometimes nostalgic, Red Hot is as expansive and genuine as Bates herself. Complimenting Lola on the album is drummer and producer, Scott Seiver, of Tenacious D and John Carpenter, and several soloists including saxophonist, David Ralicke, of Beck and Dengue Fever.
Leading up to the album debut and working entirely on her own, Bates wrote the music, lyrics and recorded demos for her debut album which evolved into the album Red Hot via a collaboration with her father, composer/producer Tyler Bates and Grammy-winning engineer/producer/mixer Robert Carranza. It was a familiar experience in this setting as the young Bates was tasked at age 12 to record piano work on the Marvel franchise film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.1 and again in 2017 recorded her piano work for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at Abbey Road Studios in London with the London Symphony Orchestra. It was during these sessions that she expanded her knowledge and artistic expression to the point where she began applying her own musical ideas for her own music. This led to her vision to pursue life as an artist, musician and songwriter. The result is Red Hot.
Lola’s songs, “Still a Mess” and “Hey Hey Hey”, are featured in the pilot episode of USA network’s The Purge TV series, and are currently available on streaming platforms. What’s more, she’s played bass live on The Howard Stern Show with David Hasselhoff and performed live playing piano with the Malaga Orchestra and bass with Tyler Bates Band at MOSMA in Spain. Her work as a musician and artist led to an endorsement with Schecter Guitars, where she is a featured artist on their international website and catalogue. In the fall of 2019, Lola will be attending the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University in Nashville, TN on both academic and music scholarships.