Lozen isn’t much for boxes — which can be commonplace in the music world — because “magic happens outside fam”. The BC-based singer-songwriter and bandleader goes way beyond classification with a mixed bag of genre-bending offerings from trippy R&B, soul-infused ballads, to golden era style hip-hop and dirty electronic bass. Think Jessie Reyez meets A Tribe Called Quest with a dose of Krafty Kuts.
Singing about finding grace through surrendering to love and giving listeners their first taste of her French heritage, this bilingual mover and shaker is also unafraid to call out certain people out in the industry for being downright skeezy on some tour “politics and bullshit”, although cryptically – as she did with the first singles released off her forthcoming 7-track album, Goal Digger.
Having spent the greater part of her musical career collaborating with long-time fellow Urbnet Records artists’ Animal Nation, logistics of being on the road and busy schedules spurred the decision to explore new waters. Lozen likened producer vetting for this project to “dating again”, reaffirming that technical skills were only one part of the puzzle whereas “real connection and vulnerability” also played a pivotal role.
The seasoned impresario opted to stray from her usual creative process with this record. “Before I even got down with rap, I’d write songs on my acoustic,” says Lozen, “I went back to my roots with this one. In a sense, it was kind of like coming home.” This approach to composing laid the foundation, while teaming up with veteran beat maker Vago (Producer/Audio Engineer –– Kardinall Offishall, Choclair, Akon, Swollen Members, Merkules, Joey Stylez) allowed her to bring the songs to life.
“Let's get one thing out of the way real quick: Lozen is a rapper. Not a female rapper, but a rapper who just happens to be a woman. Got that straight? K, cool, wrote Pique Newmagazine. "I feel like we separate ourselves when we say, “I'm a woman who does this,'" says Lozen, real name Meaghan Mullaly. "Whereas, to me, my vagina should have fuck all to do with anything. Unless we're having sex." She laughs. "It should be, 'Hey, I'm an artist.'"
Weaving evocative storytelling, social commentary, and humour into live shows, Lozen has accumulated a wide range of audiences thanks to her homebrewed brand. “I dig being able to play in different formats.” Performances vary from intimate, stripped back unplugged experiences, to full band support, classic MC/DJ vibes, and most recently integration of these elements with a hybrid show that not only showcases her musical range but also incorporates choreography and freestyle moves stemming from her extensive background as a professional street dancer.
Gritty lyrical flow, smooth vocal melodies, and straight-up hustle has earned her a loyal fan base, paving the way to share the stage with a roster of industry heavyweights including: Classified, Maestro Fresh Wes, Choclair, Beatnuts, De La Soul, Masta Ace, Stickybuds, Featurecast, Slynk, Jpod, Basement Freaks, Marcus Visionary, Crissy Criss, The Prototypes, Blade Runner and DJ SS to name a few. Lozen’s work ethic and passion prove to rock steady with accolades, residencies, and radio shows, reaffirming why she remains a buzzworthy artist who grabs your attention.