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 think it’d be to just keep at it and don’t give in. I’ve been doing this whole music thing for around 4 years and there are times that are certainly testing, where things don’t quite go as I’d of liked them too. But I’m a firm believer that hard work pays off and that you get out of something what you put in. If something doesn’t quiet work out like you’d planned it too then maybe it wasn’t the right thing for you. Everything happens for a reason! One door closes another one opens type thing.
Q2: How did you get started with your music? And if you weren’t an artist/musician what would you want to be doing?
A2: So, for me I started learning to play guitar aged 9 and it wasn’t until the age of 15 that I even thought about being a singer or writing songs. I wrote my first song at 15 as part of my studies at school and posted it online. That song was then heard by a local promoter, who asked me to come down and perform a song or two at an acoustic night which he was running at the time. Since then it’s been non stop – writing and performing all over the UK, which is the most amazing thing. Confidence was a massive issue for me growing up. I kind of knew I enjoyed the whole music thing and loved playing the guitar. Growing up I remember my parents going to one of Robbie Williams’ gigs in Knebworth and I did think in the back of my mind that it’d be cool to be in his band but if only I could find a way to play at his gigs from the comfort of my bedroom because the thought of standing on an actual stage was terrifying – it’s funny how things change.
If I wasn’t creating music myself I don’t really know what I’d be doing if I’m honest. I’m not all that good at anything else. Being an artist in this industry also means that you have to be business minded which I also find quite interesting. So, maybe working as an artist manager or something along those lines. Coming into adulthood and finding out what you want to do with your life is a super scary thing. I found that so difficult over the last few years. All my friends seemed to have it all figured out and went off to uni to do the whole uni thing but for me I just couldn’t let the whole music thing go. I love making music too much! I’m so glad I stuck to my guns.
Q3: What or who keeps you motivated and inspires you?
A3: Other musicians inspire me every single day! There is SO much talent out there and I do feel exceptionally honoured to be in their company. I’m learning every day and discovering new artists which are so exciting. That idea of constantly learning and becoming a better at what I do is just something special. I’ve had the pleasure to write with so many great writers and artists over the last year – one of them being Matt Wills who I wrote my debut single ‘Too Good’ with. The relationship between me and Matt came super naturally, I covered one of his songs early last year which he saw and then brought me up from Wales to London to do some writing. We wrote and recorded the song back in October in his little lounge in North London. I had an idea that I had been working on that I felt could do with a fresh pair of ears to help finish and help me shape that ideas I already had. So I took the idea to him and it really wrote itself, it’s great to have someone like Matt who really understood my vision for the song and tag teamed it perfectly.
Q4: What is the most memorable experience of your life/career so far? And what have you learnt from it?
A4: Still only being 19 I don’t really have an awful lot of life experience and I’m still in the early days of my career as an artist. I’ve had some amazing opportunities so far which I’m extremely grateful for. I supported Lucy Spraggan in Wales as part of her tour last year that was mega! She’s insanely brilliant. Another great moment for me was supporting Conrad Sewell at a festival in Wales a few years back, who I’ve actually become great friends with now. He sang the vocals on Kygo’s song ‘Firestone’. Absolute killer voice! I swear he’s Michael Jackson reincarnated.
Q5: Would you go back and change anything in your journey so far? (If no, why)
A5: No, I don’t think I would because like I said earlier I do believe everything happens for a reason. Sometimes I think it would have been great if I’d of started to write songs and sing earlier on in my teenage years. I remember a few years prior I set to perform a song at a Christmas concert at a small village close by to where I live in Wales and I completely flaked last minute and pulled out from doing it. I think back to that moment a lot. But I think if I had of done it when I wasn’t fully ready, it could well have ruined things for me and I may not be doing what I’m doing now. It’s not so much regret but a what if. So now I jump at every opportunity that comes my way because I don’t wanna have any more what if’s.
Q6: In the next two years what do you ASPIRE to have done?
A6: I really just wanna keep growing and figuring out who I am as an artist and as a woman. Over the last 4 years I’ve been constantly writing which has meant I’ve gathered a nice little collection of songs. So releasing more music after the release of my first single ‘Too Good’ is definitely on the cards. I’d love, love, love to tour also! If I could hop on some support slots, that’d be a dream! So, we’ll see. I’m beyond excited to see what this year has in store for me. It’s a real exciting time. I’m so happy to finally be releasing music.
Q7: How much of your life and background have influenced you to become a songwriter/musician?
A7: I don’t come from a musical background at all but growing up, I was always surrounded by music and a wide variety of music too! I grew up listening to artists like Amy Winehouse and Tracey Chapman and Fleetwood Mac. Other influences include Ed Sheeran, Anne-Marie and Ben Howard. I absolutely love Justin Timberlake and Craig David too. One of the first concerts I went to was a Timberlake show and he absolutely blew my mind. Consistency has been one of the things he’s well and truly nailed, re-invented himself with every release but pulls it off every time. That’s something I really look up to. Lots of the artists I’ve listed – have had long carers and are all great writers alongside great performers. That’s something I really hope to be and have. A few years back I remember hearing Bonnie Raitt’s ‘I can’t make you love me’ and it changed everything for me! Like, seriously. It’s a song I would love to cover but it’s one of them ones that it’d be hard to do justice. The first time I heard it, it broke my heart and fixed it all at the same time. It’s perfect in every single way and the lyrics are just mind blowing really. From that I’ve really taken the idea that it’s one thing listening to a song but when it really makes you feel something – that’s special. I think music is a real form of escapism and something that can be a source of comfort for not only young people but for anyone. I’m not really much of a talker and sometimes it can be hard to put into words how you really feel and there have been songs over the years that explain my feelings perfectly.
Q8: What lyrics mean the most to you and why (ones you have written and or ones you didn’t write)
A8: With my single ‘Too Good’ there’s a few lines in there that I’m super proud of. One being ‘Am I your lipstick lover, dancing in the dark?’ which really I think highlights the uncertainty of love and that frustration that comes with dating and wanting to know where you’re at and if the feelings are as reciprocated. In this songs case it’s a little bit of a female empowerment song, knowing your worth and settling for nothing less than what you deserve and saying ‘I’m too good to lose’. More often than not we don’t know what we have until it’s gone. One of my favourite lyrics was by Florence and the Machine in the song Ship To Wreck – ‘ I can’t help but pull the earth around me to make my bed’ which is so clever. Just wow!
Q9: If you could collaborate with anyone who would to it be and why?
A9: Gosh! There’s so many. The ultimate writing dream would be with Ryan Tedder from One Republic. He’s just the most incredible writer and has insane vocals to boot. I don’t know how true it is but apparently ‘Apologise’ took around 6 months to finish – which is something that really reassures me when song ideas don’t all come to me instantly. Producer goals would be Jake Gosling – I mean isn’t he everybody’s. I feel like he has a great understanding of seeing a song as being more than a track on the radio and really has the nack for understanding artists and their vision for songs. I really love that. I think it’s great that even at his level he works with an artist and not for, it’s a real collaborative process even after the songs written. I love the work he did with Ed Sheeran and Skinny Living.
Q10: What is most inspiring message you have internalised in life so far?
A10: Patience is a virtue.
Q11: What is your motto in life/what do you live by?
A11: Live simply, Love Generously and Learn Constantly.
Q12: What is currently on your playlist?
A12: On the lead up to this release I created a playlist full of females. I am a big fan of women. I think females and their talent is often overlooked and massively under-represented. So there’s a bit of Tracey Chapman and Amy Winehouse in there. At the moment I’m loving Anne-Marie, Mahalia and Lorde. I was so shocked that Lorde didn’t win ‘Album of the Year’ at the Grammys. Melodrama is a masterpiece, Greenlight was for sure my 2017 summer jam. Same goes for HAIM – I love them! They’re the sassiest trio.
Q13: If you could have a song to be the soundtrack to your life what would it be and why?
A13: One of my fondest musical/childhood memories was listening to ‘Mr Blue Sky’ by ELO in the back of my best friends car. Every car journey we had together that song would be on repeat. Every time I hear it my face lights up – it’s a real feel good song.
Q14: What are your biggest dreams? and what are your biggest fears
A14: Biggest dream is to be able to make music for a living, to create good songs, work with really amazing artists and just perform all over. Biggest fear – not to be morbid is losing those I love. I’m a big family person and we really don’t work unless were a unit. I’m very lucky to have such a wonderful, supportive family.
Q15: What is next for you/your plans for the next year?
A15: Releasing my single today is a big deal for me. By no means am I expecting to light up the world the minute ‘too good’ is released but I’m hoping it’ll enable me to release more. That’s my plans for this year. Play some festivals over the summer, release what I’ve been working on for the last few years and see what people think to it. I’m hoping to put an EP out at some point throughout this year – but we’re a fair way off that yet.
Q16: What would your advice to be to those out there who want to live out there dreams?
A16: Just to work hard and to practise, practise, practise. Things don’t come easily and putting the work in is so worth it. Stick to your guns, know what you want and just enjoy it. You’ll get there in the end.
Q17: Lastly, for those who don’t know where can people follow your career?
A17: Yeah so I’m on all the socials (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) so if anyone fancies clocking on over please do – @LUCYJONESMUSIC