#CREATORTALK – Lucy Blu [Interview]

#CREATORTALK is a series of articles and interviews, with a focus on the creative industries and the talent working within them. In this edition of #CREATORTALK, we speak to musician Lucy Blu.

PW – Hello Lucy. How’s it going?

It’s going very well! Thanks for asking!

PW – So, first things first: who you are and what do you do?

I am Lucy Blu, an independent country singer and songwriter from Essex.

PW – What drew you to country music as a writer and performer?

Years of being a fan of country music really. The honesty, authenticity, and beautiful simplicity of the music and lyrics of country music has always appealed to me, before I even knew I was officially a ‘Country Fan.’ When it became clear that a career in music and performing was what I wanted to pursue, it just made sense that the songs I write come from the influences of the songs that I listen to everyday.

PW – On your website you talk about growing up ‘in a house that always had an eclectic mix of music playing.’ How has this background influenced the music you make today?

It’s definitely kept me very open minded. Of course I grew up listening to some of the country greats like Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt and The Eagles, but that wasn’t all. One day it could be Michael Jackson, the next Motley Crue, the next ABBA. It’s because of this that I have a love and appreciation for all genres, and don’t believe genre definitions are the be-all and end-all. A good song is a good song, who cares what genre people want to label it?

PW – Your latest single “Only Just Begun” is a bright and optimistic song. Is there a particular story behind it?

Less of story and more of an attitude. Like most musicians, I struggle almost daily with thoughts of “what if I’m not good enough,” “what if nobody likes me.” It was during a particularly rough patch of feeling this way that I came to realise; unless I believe in myself, why the hell should anybody else?

I sat down and wrote this song and it’s become one of my favourites to perform. It’s a reminder to myself, and everybody else that needs to hear it, that passing negative thoughts are just that – passing. And to keep fighting and following those dreams, because if you don’t do it, nobody’s going to do it for you.

PW – Who are your biggest inspirations?

I’m hugely influenced by the vocal quality of Linda Ronstadt. Her tone is instantly recognisable and I could honestly listen to her all day.

The wave of strong female artists coming out of country today is immeasurable. There’s an artist called Cam that I absolutely ADORE. Everything down to her attitude, voice and songwriting is just incredibly inspiring. I’m also a big fan of the artists that tend to focus on clever and boundary-pushing songs like Kacey Musgraves and Brandy Clark.

PW – What’s the current state of the country scene in the UK?

It’s incredibly exciting right now. When I was starting out a few years ago I was told “there’s no UK country scene” and that “nobody likes country over here” and that’s just not true. Every year I watch as country music inspires more young artists and fans alike. There are country music festivals popping up all over the UK (I think we’re up to about 8 or 9 now this year) that showcase upcoming UK talent as well as the big names coming over from the US. It’s a rich and varied genre and to be watching it evolve so quickly is so heart-warming.

PW – Are there any other independent artists you think people should check out?

I could name dozens! There are so many acts coming through at the moment that are truly sensational. I’ve got to give a shout out to my good friend Shannon Hynes – she’s a fabulous song-writer and well worth checking out. I’d also encourage people to check out Stevie O’Connor if they want to be absolutely blown away by stellar vocals and guitar playing.

PW – What are your ambitions for the future?

I always struggle with the answer to this question. Obviously the image of private jets and sold out arena tours isn’t something I’d say no to…. But right now I would say, if I get to continue making and performing music to those who love and appreciate it for many years to come, you won’t hear any complaints from me.

PW – This site focuses heavily on creativity and the real people behind the art. How does creativity affect you on a day to day basis? Does inspiration typically strike you out of nowhere; or do you have very specific ideas and goals for any project you decide to work on?

It sort of varies. Sometimes I get inspired by hearing odd phrases come up in conversations and build a song around that. Sometimes I have a concept in my head and will write pages and pages of words and phrases connected to that concept and use them like jigsaw pieces to create the final product. I’ve had inspiration come from other songs, books, movies, events in my life; I just take those things and put some chords to them.

PW – In this kind of economy and industry, it can be tough to feel like you’re moving forwards sometimes. How do you battle these feelings when they come up, and do you have any advice to other people who might be struggling in a similar way?

It is so tough! Being completely independent obviously I’m funding all of this myself, and that includes studio time, merchandise costs, venue hire and all the other little things that need paying for and sometimes it can feel like you’re fighting an uphill battle against labels and artists that have big money to spend on things like advertising campaigns and pay-to-play festival slots. But I take pride in the fact that everything I have achieved, I have achieved by myself and off the back of purely the quality of my music.

Whenever I’m feeling a bit low I always take myself off and fuel that energy into something productive, whether it’s a gym workout, guitar practice, song writing, or updating my website. It’s amazing how completing one task can take you from feeling like a failure that should give up, to being back in the game and ready to take on the world.

PW – And final question. Actually it’s more of an invitation. Feel free to use the next few sentences to self-promote the hell out of what you’re up to.

Why thank you! So I have a BRAND NEW single out on the 1st of February. iTunes pre-order is available RIGHT NOW, but if you don’t have iTunes never fear, because it will be live on Amazon, Google Play, Apple Music and Spotify on the 1st.

I also have a launch party at The Slaughtered Lamb on Thursday the 31st of January to celebrate to release of the single, tickets available now via the The Slaughtered Lamb website.

Finally, I have all sorts of new music and appearances coming up throughout the year, so to stay up to date with all of that you can join my brand spanking new mailing list via my website: www.lucybluofficial.com.

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