Lexxa is Auckland-based twins, Maude and Julia Morris. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree they say – many will remember their dad, musician and producer Ian Morris , who was a key part of Th’Dudes and a genuine Kiwi music legend. The colourful sister duo’s first single I Got Better Friends Now featured on NZ On Air Music’s NewTracks compilation this June.
For our live shows, we play many things and like to swap around. Maude mostly plays guitar and Julia mostly plays keys and drum pads, but there’s also some other instruments thrown in the on the odd occasion. We both sing as well!
This is the first ever release for both of us in our whole lives. So none!
It started because we were both working on music individually, Maude was making her stuff and Julia needed a producer for her stuff, but it sounded so similar we decided to mash everything together and become Lexxa.
We struggled for so long to think of a name, but one day we just said ‘Lexa’ and it stuck. Then we added an extra X and here we are as Lexxa.
I Got Better Friends Now is a break-up song that is trying to be optimistic about it all. It was the first song we felt really really excited about and the moment we wrote it we knew it had to be our single.
You know when someone is kind’a mean, but all you want is their approval because you’re infatuated by them and can’t really see past all the lame things they do. And then finally when you get their approval all the lame things seem worth it because it feels so good. This song is a reflection on that and realising that they were kind’a mean and you have better friends now. Just like in Mean Girls.
“You went and took out the things that I was, replaced them with all of the things that you wanted.” It pretty much sums up the whole meaning behind the song.
We wrote, recorded and produced (and played) the song ourselves! We recorded all the live instruments, drums, guitars, bass, vocals at BigPop Studios, and the rest Maude did in her bedroom.
You’ve got (or will soon have) better friends…
Whatever song we get excited about, something catchy and relatable.
We entered this song once previously and it didn’t get funding. Our advice would be to keep persevering and keep applying. You’re only going to keep getting better and hard work does pay off.
We did have to beg a few of our Facebook friends to like our page to get those 1000 likes. Luckily we have a great support network and just made it over in time.
Instagram – @wearelexxa
Twitter – @wearelexxa