The vision of singer, songwriter, producer, and renowned drummer Lena Zawaideh, the music of NightPulse encompasses pop bliss and midnight emotionality.
"The name reflects my sound," says the songstress. 'Night' expresses the dark and moody qualities. 'Pulse' is the dance-y rhythmic element. They're conflicting ideas, but they blend together beautifully."
Her careful composition reflects a lifetime dedicated to music. Growing up in San Diego, Lena traded piano for drums at the age of ten and devoted her middle school and high school years to playing in numerous bands. Just before she enrolled at UCLA in 2009, Lena joined Bad Things, eventually becoming both a songwriting force and co-vocalist for the group. The critically acclaimed quintet released its self-titled major label debut in 2014, performed on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, delivered a fiery headline set at Lollapalooza, and joined Phantogram and 30 Seconds To Mars on high-profile tours. As Bad Things disbanded during 2015, she found herself at a crossroads.
“Drumming is my lifeblood,” she admits. “ but there’s only so much you can express through rhythm alone. While I was in the group, I started learning music production software like Ableton and Logic. After the band broke up, I finished my degree, and I spent a year writing and producing nonstop.”
Along the way, she cultivated the vision for NightPulse. Influenced by the likes of Banks, Grimes, and Pvris, she personally produced, penned, and performed every note. Stitching together dark electronic soundscapes and pop palatability, the songs unlock another side of Lena—an alter ego unafraid to confront depression, sexuality, and other stigmatized subjects.
The first single “Delirious” builds from humming keys and a pulsating bass groove into a soaring and shadowy refrain. Electronic drums propel the momentum as she segues out of a breathy bridge towards an unshakable chant.
“It’s about trying to escape a past version of yourself,” she states. “But you can never truly escape; she always finds a way to show up uninvited. The concept was inspired by a meditation book I read called Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn. The idea resonated with me so profoundly, I re-wrote the entire original version to reflect that theme.”
“Music is my way of expressing the inexpressible,” Lena leaves off. “I hope my music speaks to people in a way that words alone fail to." – Rick Florino