Friday, January 1, 2010

Lovelite Interview

An interview with Jen Polfer of Lovelite.

“Lovelite’s purpose as a band is to inspire praise in the hearts of God’s people and desire in the hearts of the lost. Lovelite does this through musical worship. Worship is eternal, even in the musical sense; and they want to spread that truth from city to city, offering the lost and the church a chance to join in the song of the saved. Lovelite is a worship band that desires to help all ages of people find God through music and direct their worship towards Him while offering a unique take on congregational music.

In the early stages of marriage Andrew and Jen Polfer began to realize their great desire to write songs for the church. Their singable melodies and creative arrangements quickly compelled the other members-to-be to form Lovelite.”

1. Where did the band name come from?

Jen: Lovelite comes from Ephesians 5:8 which says that we were once in darkness but now are in light. We are to "love light" rather than darkness. The spelling is purely for symmetry.

2. How did you and Andrew get into music? Had you guys always planned in being in music or did it just happen?

Jen: We both got into music through our youth groups.
Andrew led worship for his high school youth band starting at age 16. I led acoustic worship at her high school youth group also starting at age 16. At age 17, I moved from Los Angeles county to Paso Robles (where Andrew grew up), we met through our school Christian club and began leading worship together at the youth group that he grew up in. We both had a love for music and ministry and hoped that we'd be able to continue to do it for some sort of life career.

3. I downloaded "All Color" some months back and I just fell in love with the first track "There You Are"! It's so beautiful! Can you tell ne how it came to be?

Jen: "There You Are" came from a time when we both felt unable to see God working; this was our mutual response to that season in our lives. God used this song to remind us that He is alive, moving and present whether we feel Him or not. We were also inspired by 2 Tim. 2:13, "If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself."

4. Which song on "All Color" means the most to you and why?

Jen: That would have to be "Unrivaled." Andrew was going through a time in his life when he felt like a lot of temporal things were taking over the front of his mind. There was one morning when he was noticing that the sun is the only star in the sky during the day, while at night the stars are innumerable. We tend to look at our lives like we look at the night sky: one star is work, one is school, one is family, one is God, etc. But during the day, there is only one star: the sun. God gently reminded him that He (God) should be like the sun: just that one star that is so bright it outshines all the others. God is truly the unrivaled and unmatched King.

5. I heard you guys are working on a new album and I'm so exited about it! Has the process of this album been any different than your previous album and EP?

Jen: We are very excited about the progress of our new EP which we have recently decided to title, "Nearness." Each time we record, it's a little different. This time around has been really fun and smooth ride so far. We are working with a very talented producer in Long Beach named Tyler Chester and are pleased to have just found out that it will be mixed by Brad Wood who has mixed a lot of our favorite albums. We hope to release "Nearness" by early 2010.

6. You and Andrew co-write pretty much all of your song's. What's the writing process like for you guys?

Jen: Andrew is the idea man. He usually comes up with a skeleton for the song: hook line, chorus, concept, etc. Then my main role is to help strengthen what's already there like the vocal pattern and chord progressions. We always joke that Andrew is the poet and I'm the editor because he comes up with beautiful lyrics but I help them to connect and make sense.

7. Another one of my favorite song's off "All Color" is "One and Only". Can you tell me how that song came to be?

Jen: We wanted to write a song that the church would be able to sing together. We felt like the lyrics to One and Only were appropriate for our culture today. We are so fast passed and tend to throw things out that don't work for us right away, but God is where we find home, where we find permanency. He is worthy of eternal love.

8. Who are some of your musical influences?

Jen: In terms of worship music, Jason Morant is a hero to both of us. Lyrically, he is great at finding new ways of talking about concepts that are a thousand years old, and his music has encouraged both of us over and over again. In terms of genre, we both also love indie music such as Arcade Fire, Athlete and Death Cab for Cutie. Those types of bands continue to inspire our musical style.

9. When someone listens to your music what do you hope they'll take from it?

Jen: We are trying to give a unique and atmospheric approach to congregational worship music. Our goal is for people to be able to have a worship experience through music that they can relate to and enjoy. We also pray that God will use the words He's inspired us with to bring healing and bind up the brokenness that grips the lives of so many. Our passionate prayer is that God will also use these songs to wash and mend hurting hearts.

10. If you could work with anyone in the music industry who would it be?

Jen: We are actually already honored to be working with the person we respect more than anyone we've met in the Christian music industry and that's Chad Johnson. We are currently signed with a new non-profit record label called "Come&Live!" started by former A&R of Tooth&Nail Records, Chad Johnson. The idea behind this label is to raise support the same way a missionary would and then give our music away for free. The vision is for young people to be able to receive uplifting music that glorifies God without having to pay for it. You can read all about Come&Live! at "All Color" is the first album that we released under Come&Live!.


11. There's a lot going on in the world. As a Christian artist, what are some important social issues that you think should be highlighted in your art?

Jen: Of course love is the number one message that we want to spread. There are so many ways that the church has become a clanging symbol; we spend so much time telling the world what they're doing wrong when we should be telling them what Jesus did right.

Another area that we are passionate about is poverty and homelessness. In the past we've worked with shelters and hope to be able to do more of that. That's also one of the reasons that being a part of Come&Live! made so much sense to us; their whole foundation is based around living a lifestyle of simplicity so that those who have less can benefit from the abundance that God has given to the rest of us. The Come&Live! slogan: "Live simply to give generously."

12. What's your favorite scripture and why?

Andrew: "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." Rom. 8:1. It's just simple, beautiful, and sums everything up.

Jen: "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:6-7. In the past and even in the present I have dealt with worry and anxiety. This passage has never failed to meet me in a place of frustration and pull me back into victory and peace.

Again, thank you so much for doing this! May God bless you and Andrew abundantly in all that you do!

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