|Song by Lenny|
"Lithium" is an upcoming single by Lenny that was produced by Mike Shinoda as a part of his ShinodaProduceMe initiative.
Lenny (real name Lenka Filipová) is a singer and songwriter from Czech Republic. She began developing her musical skills at the age of four, wrote her first original song at 11 and began performing live by age 16 before studying at the Modern Music Institute in London, UK. Her breakthrough single "Hell.o" was named Song of the Year in her home country and she subsequently won six Andel Awards, the Czech equivalent of the Grammy's. She got to open for multiple big names, including Mike Shinoda during the Post Traumatic European Tour in Praha, Czech Republic on March 19, 2019. During Mike's set, she joined him on stage to sing "Make It Up As I Go".
"Lithium" was originally written on piano in 2017 and pre-produced by fiedlerski but was left unfinished. The song was then submitted to the #ShinodaProduceMe initiative and picked up by Mike who worked on the song live on Twitch on April 27 and 30, 2021.
After listening to this initial track, Mike Shinoda stated that no structural changes were needed and that the lyrics, vocal, and melody sounded excellent. He added reverb and effects to Lenny's vocal and edited the vocoder already present over the chorus as it wasn't properly correcting the pitch. He then focused on adding more energy to the track. He explained, "It's so much more energy. It went from being 'I'm so sad' to 'Oh, okay,' it's got a lot of groove... It still sounds meaningful, which is kind of the point. It still has to sound like it's retaining the emotion of the original, but you're not like crying on the dance floor." Mike wanted a drum selection with a Motown feel to help fill the track. He used his MIDI to create a vintage sounding drum track and added live tambourine. He did bass for the low end of the track and, lastly, re-recorded the original cello track as he thought it sounded too synthetic.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
- Bio - LENNY
- Mike Shinoda on Twitter: "Producing a track by Lenny Filipova called "Lithium" today. A few years ago on tour, I brought local vocalists on stage to do one of my songs. Lenny was one of them. https://t.co/B8JODmElSu" / Twitter, April 27, 2021
- Lenny Filipová on Instagram, April 27, 2021
- Mike Shinoda Produces 29th Track “Lithium” by Lenny Live on Twitch!, April 30, 2021