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Natalie Lucie // It’s never too late to chase your dreams.

Q1: If you had the opportunity to get a inspiring message across to a large amount of people, what would your message be?

A1: I’d actually love to communicate that it’s never too late to try and follow your dreams and become the person you want to be. There is no time limit on this stuff, despite what we are told to believe. And in particular, that mothers don’t have to give up on their dreams. It’s really not easy, but it’s so worth it!

Q How did you get started with your music? And if you weren’t an artist/musician what would you want to be doing?

A2: I started making music when I was very little. I was making up melodies on the piano from about 6 years old and I always enjoyed writing poems and that sort of merged into writing songs at quite an early age too. It’s always been the thing that pulled at me the most: writing songs. I always come back to it, it’s always been my best therapy and sanctuary. If I wasn’t creating music myself I think I would still be involved in the industry somehow, maybe writing about music, maybe working as an artist manager. My day job is photography and I’m starting to work with other indie artists on their imagery, which is awesome.

Q3: What or who keeps you motivated and inspires you?

A3: Honestly just that life is what we make of it, and we have to grab it. This is it, guys! We have to do everything that our soul tells us to do, and do it now! I’m also inspired to create by other artists, across all forms and genres. And actually, I’m motivated by motherhood too. I need to really be the best version of myself I can be for my child.

Q4: What is the most memorable experience of your life/career so far? And what have you learnt from it?

A4: I instinctively want to say childbirth, but I know it’s a cliché! Uh, bit morbid but I was thrown from a car when I was 18. I’m not quite sure how I escaped with my life, and I think at 18 that really shakes you up and gives you a sense of your mortality, which might be why I’m so obsessed with not ‘wasting’ my life.

Q5: Would you go back and change anything in your journey so far? (If no, why)

A5: Overall, no, because I really believe everything happens for a reason. But I do wish I had had the self belief to do this, and only this, from 14 years old, when I first knew it was what I wanted to do. To just charge straight at my dream and never falter. But maybe I needed the life experience to be able to do what I’m doing. So maybe this is the right time. You can’t really regret things when you believe that every ‘mistake’ has brought you to this place, at this time, for a good reason.

Q6: In the next two years what do you ASPIRE to have done?

A6: Mostly I aspire to keep growing and figuring out who I am and what I stand for, as an artist and as a woman, and take action on the things that I care about and that matter to me. Music wise, I’d love to have released a full album, maybe have gone on a little tour, and just have made lots of music I’m really proud of, ideally with some other amazing artists.

Q7: How much of your life and background have influenced you to become a songwriter/musician?

A7: I have always been surrounded by so much music, good music and across a really broad spectrum. I was raised on such an eclectic mix, from as leftfield as Frank Zappa to as mainstream pop as Wham! So a weekend soundtrack could be The Beatles, followed by George Michael, then Pearl Jam followed by Bjork. And then Madonna, Radiohead and Stevie Wonder. And lots of Prince. And always full albums too, I miss people listening to albums. And as I kid I was always dissecting songs and lyrics while I listened to them, kind of storing information away and making mental notes about them. I think songs just fascinate me, they come from nothing, a simple idea or groups of words, or a feeling, and then suddenly become a piece of music that speaks to people and can really connect people, sometimes people who have nothing else in common. I think when something fascinates you that much you are always going to want to be a part of it. Also I think lots of young people naturally turn to music as an escape, music really became my ally and best friend from a young age. So I think that’s also why I spent so much time composing and writing, and it kind of got into my blood.

Q8: What lyrics mean the most to you and why (ones you have written and or ones you didn’t write)

A8: Lyrics that are clever, and lyrics that tell a story or express a feeling that is so hard to articulate otherwise. And sometimes, lyrics that are seems so obvious and simple, yet nobody has ever written them yet, I love when I hear that! Sia’s song Breathe Me is a very important song to me. I particularly love the chorus lyrics, ‘Be my friend, hold me, wrap me up, unfold me’. So simple but really hits the nail on the head about people who suffer form anxiety, depression, loneliness. We all want to be held and loved and in a way we all want to be unravelled too.

At the moment a lyric that I have written that means a lot to me is from a song off the EP called ‘Checkmate’. It’s been a very cathartic song to write and record. It has a line ‘I’ll stand here trembling in the fight or flight/ Cos when you say I’m wrong, it doesn’t make you right’. That idea that just because you don’t agree with me, doesn’t mean you’re correct. So many people live that way, that their opinion or judgment is ‘absolute’. And it’s not.

Q9: If you could collaborate with anyone who would to it be and why?

A9: Oh wow, so many people who are sadly no longer with us. Dream collab has to be Prince, he’ll always be my number one. But so many others I would love to have met and even just been in a room with to hear them talk about music, let alone collaborate. At the moment I’m stanning Nina Nesbitt quite hard, I read a recent interview with her and I love that she is producing as well. I think its great that female songwriters are now becoming be songwriter/producers too. I’d love to someday write songs with/for people like her. I love Lady Leshurr as well! She’s awesome. I love hip hop and rap music so much and I massively respect how she has gone about her whole career, how hard she’s work and how stayed true to her values. She’s got the best attitude towards everything.

Q10: What is most inspiring message you have internalised in life so far?

A10: You have to operate from a place of love, never from a place of fear.

Q11: What is your motto in life/what do you live by?

A11: ‘I didn’t come this far, to only get this far.’

Q12: What is currently on your playlist?

A12: Sooooo many different artists and songs! At the moment I’m slightly obsessed with Billie Eilish. I’m a bit late to the party, but making up for it with her whole album on repeat. I’m astonished at the music she and her brother make at such a young age. And I love that it’s kind of dark too. It’s really fun. I’ve really been listening loads to independent artists and artists that aren’t yet ‘mainstream’. Hailey Knox, for example, is phenomenally talented, she’s deserves to be hugely successful. I recently discovered Jones too, her voice is so beautiful. I just like to leave Spotify on while I’m pottering and then save the songs that grab me, regardless of who the artist is, what genre or how established they are.

Q13: If you could have a song to be the soundtrack to your life what would it be and why?

A13: Wow, that is such a cool question. As in, what song tells the story of my life? Or what is the song that I’ve listened to most/couldn’t live without? If it’s the former, probably Roar by Katy Perry, ha ha! That’s where I’m at right now anyway, those lyrics are spot on! If it’s the latter, Purple Rain by Prince. That song has always been there. The full version though, the super long album version. I used to listen to it on repeat until I fell asleep.

Q14: What are your biggest dreams? and what are your biggest fears

A14: My biggest dreams are probably the same as every other independent artist: to be able to make music for a living, to create really good songs, work with really amazing artists. Although, I am trying to tell myself that’s a goal now, not a dream. Changes things completely! Biggest fears, these days my biggest fears are around motherhood, my child. Not wanting to let her down and things like that. I’m not afraid of failing anymore, because you can always try again. But I am afraid of giving up. I don’t want that to happen.

Q15: What is next for you/your plans for the next year?

A15: Releasing my EP is the next big thing for me. I’d really love to make at least one proper video for it as well. And then playing some live gigs locally and a few further afield. I have a couple of festival slots this Summer, which is really cool too. Just putting in the legwork really. And I’m already halfway through writing the next EP, which I think will have a more distinctive sound, so I’m really excited about that. I’d love to get that out this year too, but I know that’s probably unrealistic. I’ve learned that things take about 6 months longer than you think when it comes to making music!

Q16: What would your advice to be to those out there who want to live out there dreams?

A16: I am truly starting to believe that we can create the life we want, we just have to commit to it and do it everyday, keep focused on the goal and keep moving towards it. Giving up has to not exist as an option. It’s not easy and it does mean letting go of other things/people to make room. But you have to decide what is more important to you and who your true self is, and just be prepared for the bumps in the road, keeping your eyes on the end goal. Just do it, basically. Don’t doubt it, just keep moving towards it.

Q17: Lastly, for those who don’t know where can people follow your career?

A17: I have a website up and running now at www.natalielucie.co.uk, and I’m pretty active on instagram (@natalielucie) and on YouTube www.youtube.com/natalieluciemusic

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