Get To Know: Lucy Blue
Fresh from performing at Latitude festival, we get to know Irish singer, songwriter and producer Lucy Blue...
Brought up on the music of artists like Joni Mitchell and Gwen Stefani, and inspired by visual artists such as Harmony Korine and David Sorrenti, lyrics and visual imagery play a big part in Lucy Blue’s creative process.
The 19-year-old has only just started performing live, but would love to get the chance to collaborate with Stevie Nicks one day. With her new single 'Taxi Driver' out now and a couple of live dates coming up, we’re such that her future will be anything but blue!
1. For those who don’t know about you and your music, tell us a little bit about who you are and where you’re from...
I’m Lucy Blue, I’m 19 from Dublin, Ireland and I make songs. I’ve been writing and producing for the last few years and my debut EP Fishbowl came out this year! It’s a super personal project to me and a self expression of a time in my life. My favourite things to do really are making music and visual art.
2. Who/what inspired you to start a career in music?
I grew up on a lot of classic songwriters like Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell which, I think subconsciously bled into my attraction to it. But honestly I never really put myself out there as a singer. I just loved music and being able to express myself through it felt right. I discovered people like Gwen Stefani and Debbie Harry as I grew up and felt super inspired by their frontwomanship.
3. Who are your biggest musical influences?
I would say my biggest musical influences are Cocteau Twins and Van Morrison. There's so many more like PJ Harvey, Joni, The Blue Nile.
4. Tell us about the writing and recording process of your new release…
'Taxi Driver' actually came about really quickly. I wrote it with an artist called Matt Maltese and it was just a weird idea we had that felt funny but we ended up loving the song. We wrote and recorded the finished vocals that day which is not always the case. It just felt like a really nice process.
5. What has been your biggest career highlight so far?
I got to play my first ever festival at Latitude last week which was so sick. But to be honest releasing Fishbowl felt like a really personal highlight for me. It had been a part of me for so long so letting it go felt cathartic in a way. Being able to share the music with people and affecting them in anyway means more than anything.
6. Who would you be your dream collaboration and why?
Hmm I would love to work with Brian Eno. I’m a huge fan and really inspired by the way he makes music. So yeah I’d love to work with him that would be a dream. Also Stevie Nicks is my ultimate dream collaboration.
7. If you could only listen to one song on repeat for the rest of time what would it be and why?
'Crazy Love' - Van Morrison.
8. What’s on your playlists that people wouldn’t expect?
9. What can we expect from your live shows?
I don’t even know what to expect from my own live shows 'cause I’ve only really started playing. But it’s so fun and I just can’t wait to do more and play more unreleased songs as well. Also lots of my trying to throw T-shirts into the crowd but my throwing is 4/10.
10. When can we see you live?
I'm playing The Grace, London on 28th October and the Green Room at the Academy, Dublin on 18th November.