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Lights plays at the Paramount Theatre on Thursday, April 1 at 8 p.m.
Lights (Valerie Poxleitner) is pretty, petite, and plays a mean keytar. She

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An Interview with Canadian Synth-Pop Princess (and World of Warcraft Enthusiast) Lights

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Lights plays at the Paramount Theatre on Thursday, April 1 at 8 p.m.
Lights (Valerie Poxleitner) is pretty, petite, and plays a mean keytar. She started off creating and distributing synth-pop via MySpace in her teens; now her résumé includes a well-received full-length album The Listening, performances at SWSW, Warped Tour, and this summer, Lilith Fair.

The Toronto native is currently opening for Owl City on his national tour that's coming to Seattle's Paramount Theatre on April 2. (The show is sold out, but hey, there's always scalpers and Craigslist!)

Read on for our interview with the very bubbly 22-year-old, who called us from the road to chat about her music and her great loves: Phil Collins and World of Warcraft.

Hello, Lights.

Hi!

The last time you were in Seattle was November of last year. You headlined at El Corazon. What's it like to return to the city, but to play at a much larger venue?

It's awesome! Honestly, it's also easier. The last time I was on tour, I was traveling in a van across America to cities where sometimes only 30 people knew who I was. (Although in Seattle, there were 200!) Now that I'm the supporting act, I feel a lot less pressure.

Describe your album The Listening for those still unfamiliar with it.

It's intergalatic electro-pop! I'm such a sci-fi nerd.

Is a new album in the works yet?

Not yet. The Listening doesn't come out in Europe until May, so that's my focus. I definitely am writing new songs almost everyday. But keep in mind, The Listening took me three-four years to create.

Who are you listening to right now? Anybody you're dying to work with?

I'd love to work with Phil Collins. I listen to Bjork and The Golden Filter. I've also really gotten into Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen lately.

You really dig Phil Collins, don't you? You often cover his song "In the Air."

I'm a sucker for that big, classic Phil Collins sound. He's a fantastic pop songwriter. His melodies are so rich and memorable. "In the Air" was the first song I ever heard that made me stop what I was doing just to listen. That's special.

Alright, so you're a huge Phil Collins fan. You're also a huge World of Warcraft fan. Why do you love the game?

It's such a great escape. You get to be somebody else. You get to whip axes, discover landscapes, go to battle. There's even a Lights guild! I always feel out the crowd for gamers. I play backstage before a show. We raid and we chat. It's really cool because my guildmates come up to the merch table later.

Reporter's note: She lost me there. But according to the official WoW website, a guild is a group of players that join together for companionship, adventure, economic gain and more.

In addition to gamers, you have a lot of young female fans. They tend to emulate your style - cut their hair like you, dress like you. Is that something you've noticed?

Totally. I'm honored by it. At that stage in your life, you're looking for inspiration, to see somebody doing something with confidence. I was the same way growing up. I wore one earring because I wanted to be just like Cyndi Lauper!

Maybe you need to cover her music during your next show! Speaking of covers, can we expect to hear another one in a week or so at the Paramount?

I won't have as much time onstage as I did at as a headliner, so probably not. But I do have a cover in the works.

Can you tell us what it is?

I will hint. It is a one-hit wonder from an '80s band.

Well, that narrows it down.

It's pretty fantastic!

We look forward to hearing it. Thank you, Lights!

Thanks so much!

 
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