FemFocused: Lena Fine releases new single “Dance Partner”

We love to see an up-and-coming Philly artist thriving.

Lena Fine is an honest singer and songwriter making indie-folk tracks that invoke a sense of nostalgia for young coming-of-age people. Currently signed by Dime + Dog Records and inspired by Soccer Mommy’s relatability and Joni Mitchell’s storytelling ability, Lena Fine’s relatable lyrics and dazzling vocals have been compared to that of Lucy Dacus and Julia Jacklin. Originally from Montclair, New Jersey, Lena Fine is currently studying Screenwriting at Philadelphia’s Drexel University. Pursuing her original music since the age of fourteen, Lena aims to create authentic music for whoever it may resonate with. In high school, Fine worked with producer Jake Weinberg of CRITTER, and has begun working with other producers in Philadelphia.

She recently dropped her latest single, Dance Partner. The track is about the passing of time, and how even if it’s moving at an excruciatingly slow pace it still feels like we could be missing something. Most of the song is about yearning for someone or something to break up the mundanity and monotony of the days. It’s safe to say that, during quarantine, everyone reached a point where they were so incredibly bored that they were grasping at strings to keep us together. Dance Partner is about no one in particular, but really the idea of someone; someone to come along and fix all the problems, someone to fill in the blanks.

Find Lena on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok, and keep on reading for our interview.

Photo by Veronica Zin

Welcome Lena! To start us off, tell us a bit about yourself.

Hello! I was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey, and I’ve been living in Philadelphia for the past 2 years! I’ve been singing since I was 7 and writing music since I was 14, so I’ve grown up with music being a very big part of my person. 

Tell us about your new single, Dance Partner.

Dance partner was written during the spring of last year at the height of quarantine. All I had to do, as was the case with everyone else, was sit in my room and think of ways to entertain myself. I was writing a lot of music just to pass the time honestly. Dance Partner was born out of the boredom and loneliness of the time; it was my way of wishing for things to change. 

Where do you draw inspiration from?

I draw a lot from music with an emphasis on storytelling, which honestly ends up being a lot of old country. Sonically, I think I model things after the music I grew up listening to, which was a lot of indie rock. 

Photo by Veronica Zin

As a woman in music, I would love to know what makes you feel strong when you’re performing or writing your music.

Knowing that there’s even a possibility that someone will feel something from the music I write is really what it comes down to. Obviously I do it for myself in terms of writing, but when I’m performing I’m really getting my strength from the audience with the hopes they’ll find a feeling of connection in my songs. 

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