Lyn Lapid Dishes on Her New Perks of Being a Wallflower-Inspired Single, 'Infinite'
Lyn Lapid has to be one of our very favorite musical artists who's found fame thanks to TikTok. Her songwriting prowess and stunning voice are taking her places, and we're proud to consider ourselves fans since the "Producer Man" days.
Her latest single, "Infinite," is slightly less introspective and moody than her previous tracks, and more optimistic and anthemic. Inspired by The Perks of Being a Wallflower, it's an ode to the wallflowers out there, empowering them to embrace their own powerful stories, and we're in love. We simply had to get to know more, and lucky for us, Lyn was kind enough to tell us all about "Infinite" and what it means to her.
Sweety High: What was the songwriting process behind "Infinite"?
Lyn Lapid: During my first ever week of studio sessions, I showed the ending scene of The Perks of Being a Wallflower to my producer and we both looked at each other and thought that "we are infinite" would be a great hook lyric. We wrote the rest of the hook inspired by all the fun things people my age were doing on TikTok, dancing outside while it was storming outside, sticking their heads out while they were driving, running down the road in the middle of the night, etc.
SH: What does the song mean to you?
LL: I was jealous of people my age doing fun summer things with their friends on social media, and so I wrote about how I felt like I was missing out. The chorus illustrates all the fun things I thought I was missing out on, "dancing in the rain [at] 3 a.m., …hanging out the side of fast cars." I felt like an extra in my own life. I thought it would be cool to not make a "main character anthem," but an anthem for those who felt like the side character in their lives.
SH: How did you aim to capture the sound of infinity with the production on this song?
LL: I knew first that I wanted "Infinite" to be super upbeat and euphoric-sounding, something that you could blast in your car while driving. I leaned towards an organic sound for this song, and so the production really only had piano, ukulele, a beat, and a ton of stacked harmonies.
SH: Tell us about the inspiration from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. What does the film mean to you, and how did it inspire this song?
LL: The funny thing is, I never actually read or watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I was really only inspired by the ending scene, when Charlie stands in the back of the truck while he zooms down the tunnel. I tried to emulate that sense of euphoria and freedom in the hook of "Infinite." Since the film is a coming-of-age movie, I wanted infinite to be like a coming-of-age song.
SH: How is "Infinite" different from the music you've released in the past?
LL: "Infinite" is definitely more upbeat, brighter and happier-sounding than my previous releases. Unlike my past music, "Infinite" sounds like something you can blast in the car and chant along to.
SH: What's your favorite lyric from the track?
LL: My favorite lyric is "Will I have the choice to decide if I want to believe like my life is mine?" from the bridge. I meant it as a question for myself. Am I really living, and am I living for others or myself? I also meant it as encouragement, to stop living safely and on the sidelines, and start living my own life.
SH: Is there anything you'd like to add?
LL: I highly advise my listeners to blast "Infinite" while driving through a tunnel. Not only is it appropriate because it's inspired by the ending scene of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but it's also just an incredibly freeing experience.
Want to learn even more about Lyn and her process? Click HERE to read our interview with Lyn on her first single, "Producer Man."