We can all agree that finding a tune to pair with your joint is one of the most satisfying things in the world. You can thank me later, but I’ve found an entire EP for you. Artist Lilianna Wilde released her newest EP Bad For You, in February of this year. The EP features a number of melodies, all speaking to various vices. Yesterday, the music video for “Grind Me Down” dropped, and guess what it’s about? Weed.
I had a chance to connect with Lilianna, before and after the “Grind Me Down” video shoot. We talked music, green, the collide between marijuana culture and music, and her ambitions as a creative and musician.
When asked about the vices that influenced the creation of the 7-track EP, Lilianna says,
The EP really is a collection of vices, and everyone has them. This city (Los Angeles) is a vice for me, falling in love is too, honestly even heartbreak can get addicting.
People are vices, and habits are, and music is. I wanted the EP to explore that sometimes the good things are the worst things and the bad things are the best things.
Musicians are becoming increasingly vocal about cannabis, personal use, and its influence on creative spaces. While artists like Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa are always the “go to” smokers, this trend is clearly changing. As an emerging artist, Lilianna is uniquely open about the influence that cannabis has had on her EP, and especially “Grind Me Down.”
As an emerging artist, Lilianna is uniquely open about the influence that cannabis has had on her EP, and especially “Grind Me Down.”
Under the influence
When someone in the cannabis community hears the phrase “Grind Me Down,” one’s mind jumps to obvious things. It’s because, perhaps, we are having a love affair with weed. This relationship, between love and weed, is intentionally present in “Grind Me Down.” Of the song, Lilianna says,
It definitely does! Marijuana was a huge influence for Grind Me Down, the song wouldn’t have been written without it. There are all these smoking phrases that are inadvertently super sexy, honestly the entire process of smoking can be pretty sexual and intimate depending on who you’re with.
My co-writer, Nico Dattilo & I wanted to create a song that felt like that… that at times blurred the line if you were taking about a person or weed. A love-affair of sorts between smoking and relationships.
Are you swooning yet? Lilianna is attempting to do something entirely different – rather than smoking, and it being known through simple lyrics, marijuana has become an artistic device she wishes to explore and share.
Her willingness to explore these aspects of marijuana so openly are unique, and ultimately help to push cannabis into the mainstream through a new avenue.
Cannabis and the music industry go hand-in-hand. We know this. We’ve been to concerts and witnessed the ever-growing smoke cloud that rises when the music begins.
Being from Canada, Wilde grew up in a country where cannabis policies were increasingly progressive and recognize the role artists play in conversations surrounding cannabis. Of the collide, between music and cannabis, she says,
To me, music and weed are really synonymous things, it only makes sense that musicians are at the forefront of it all.
Lilianna Wilde has surely solidified her place as a female artist discussing weed. The music video for “Grind Me Down” dropped Monday, and the influence and presence of marijuana is undeniable.
Directed by her brother, Marc Pannia, a party in an abandoned house gets progressively trippy. The video was shot in one-take, making the transitions between rooms all the more impressive.
The artist glides from one high experience to another, often with a joint in her hand. She leads us through the “love affair between smoking and relationships,” when she sought (and did) capture lyrically and visually.
While cannabis is passed, lit, and smoked throughout the video, Lilianna’s favorite is the grow room. She credits production design guru Naomi Harris, saying,
…that fucking grow room. It’s my favorite room in the house. She was brilliant to work with and found this middle ground between reality and fantasy.
I don’t know about you, but I would love to water my plants with a squirt-gun.
Lilianna Wilde is an artist exploring weed in an entirely new way. Not only is her song “Grind Me Down” beautifully artistic, but the music video is sure to get you lighting up.Be sure to check out the new video, and connect with Lilianna’s social here.
Be sure to check out the new video, and connect with Lilianna’s social here.
Now, go smoke and watch “Grind Me Down.”