Late in 2014, one duo left their mark on the VIBE staff with the release of their self titled EP, Lion Babe. Consisting of producer Lucas Goodman and vocalist Jillian Hervey, the New York city bred entity combines hip-hop inspired beats and earthy melodies that make up for some seriously soulful records.
“We’re looking to combine music that we’ve been inspired by in the past,” Jillian tells VIBE. “And, kind of give it a new life, and we also love dance—and really strong visuals.”
After meeting through mutual friends when Jillian was still a high school senior and Lucas was a college freshmen, their chemistry quickly blossomed into a friendship that immediately snowballed into studio sessions. In fact, Lion Babe’s newly released project houses tracks that were derived from some of their first collaborations.
“We were definitely really inspired by Blondie. Some people might even think Blondie is Debbie Harry, but Blondie is a band,” says Lucas of their namesake and influences. “Then there’s Debbie Harry. But it’s almost like her silhouette is an inspiration for the band’s name, so we kind of play off that, too. “
Both Lucas and Jillian can recall having instant musical chemistry when they first met—and fellow artists, major labels and music critics were quick to take notice. The group already has some major collaborations in the works and big plans for 2015.
Stay tuned for more from VIBE’s exclusive interview with these rising stars.