Valerie Anne Poxleitner - better known as the Canadian pop musician Lights - will get a pseudo-homecoming when she returns to Surrey on Saturday.
After all, she lived here for a short time as a teenager.
The heavily tattooed 26-year-old Juno Award-winning electro-pop star is headlining the city's Party for the Planet festival, which also features indie band Hey Ocean!, pop rock outfit Fighting for Ithica and roots rock sextet The MatinÃ©e.
"It's very rare that I have lived in a city and haven't played there," said Lights with excitement. "This will be the first time I've played in Surrey - I'm really looking forward to it."
Lights primarily uses synthesizers and keytars to create her unique electronic sound, but her lyrics and ambient noises give off the impression that nature is a big influence of hers.
"There's nothing more inspiring to me than just sitting out in the boonies and writing a song," she said, adding that she spends a lot of time writing in the woods of Fort Erie, an Ontario town along the Niagara River.
"Music is such a natural thing - even with electronic music, you can't invent a robot to create music. It's only something that can be done by people, and that in itself is something that's going to draw from nature and your surroundings and other things that are very much alive."
While she's not an environmental activist, Lights said she's always felt a connection to nature and that even the smallest steps to protect the Earth can have a sizeable impact.
"People are like, 'Oh, if I don't turn off a light, it's not going to make a difference, it's only one person,'" she said. "It's like how they feel when they download a record: 'It doesn't really matter if just one person does it,' but it's single-handedly ruining the music industry. You have to look at the bigger picture."
Lights' trademark indietronica style - which will be on full display in Surrey - is a sharp contrast from her next album: an acoustic version of her 2011 sophomore record, Siberia, set for release at the end of the month. The disc will feature unplugged renditions of "Toes," "Banner," "Timing is Everything" and "Cactus in the Valley."
"Stripping everything away and the song being able to shine is a really important aspect of songwriting," she said. "I think it's just the way I naturally will play the songs when I'm sitting at home."
The idea to rerecord the album unplugged came from the positive response Lights received from performing her songs acoustically in concert.
"It was a good experience for me, to feel it and be so intimate with the songs," she said. "I got better as a performer, more in touch with the music that I play every day."
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