As a pop rock artist, L E A was looking for a microphone for live performances and the bright neon hue of MXL Microphones’ POP LSM-9 premium dynamic vocal microphones instantly caught her eye. Not only does the mic match her colorful aesthetic on her social platforms perfectly, but it does a superb job of capturing the intimate, warm-toned nuances of her voice.
“I’m all about bright, eye-catching colors and immediately fell in love with MXL’s POP line when I saw the mics displayed at NAMM 2019,” says L E A. “I started really developing my sound when I began releasing music in early 2020, and I was ready to start performing live. I decided to go with the neon yellow POP mic, and I’m obsessed.”
When L E A received her mic in early 2020, she intended to take the microphone out on the road with her—until the world was forced into lockdown. As the pandemic took over, L E A’s plans for in-person events were cancelled, but that didn’t stop her from doing what she loves. “During the pandemic, I’ve really focused on boosting my online presence, and having this really cool-looking microphone motivated me to start live streaming. I used my POP mic for live streams on Instagram (@lolitslea), for making content on TikTok, as well as for live streaming performances through my partnership with YouNow.”
Regarding both visuals and audio, L E A holds quality to the highest value. “I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my music and the vibe I want to portray, both acoustically and visually,” says L E A. “Not only does the mic look awesome, but it captures pristine audio and does a great job of picking up the intimate, low-end of my voice—it’s everything I need and more.”
Knowing MXL’s reputation of having easily accessible microphones, L E A has been a fan of the brand for as long as she can remember. “I’ve always been interested in all-things music gear, so I grew up knowing about MXL mics and was super excited to finally get my hands on one. Creating music to the high-quality that I desire can be very expensive, but MXL takes artists of all level’s budgets into consideration. Plus, the fact that the POP mic is the only neon microphone on the market, made the decision a no brainer.”
L E A has been hard at work throughout the pandemic with a consistent release schedule of one song per month, and now, she’s diving into recording her first EP for release this summer. “The pandemic gave me the opportunity to really focus on making music, as well as getting into live streaming, but I can’t wait to finally be able to take my POP mic out on the stage!”
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