Lucy Rose begleitet mich mit ihrer Musik nun schon seit einigen Jahren. Ihre Songs haben mich in guten, wie in schweren Momenten unterstützt, aufgefangen und motiviert. Umso mehr freut es mich, sie an einem sonnigen Herbsttag im Rahmen ihrer Tour in Hamburg zum Interview getroffen zu haben. Für Fragen rund um ihr neues Album „Something’s Changing“, ihre gleichnamige Dokumentation und vieles mehr war sie aufgeschlossen und ehrlich.
Die talentierte Künstlerin erzählte uns von musikalischen Tiefpunkten, aber auch wie sie wieder zu sich und ihrer eigenen Stärke, dem Songwriting, zurückgefunden hat.
Your new album „Somethings Chancing“ is out since July. First of all, congratulations for that.
The album sounds more calm and grounded compared to your second album „Work It Out“. Was this a natural process while songwriting?
Yeah, I guess when you’ve seen the documentary, that really is a big part of it all. But I think, looking back to the second record, I was just so desperate to continue the journey, like ‚let’s quickly write some songs and be as quick as possible‘, so I can keep touring and keep having a great time. And then you can write art, you can write so many different types of music. I was doing so much touring with my band, I think it all influenced me quite a lot. It’s just who you are surrounded with and when they say that’s really cool, and your like, ‚ok, maybe I should do this, this is cool‘. I think this time, I was very much in my own mind, in my own awareness of what I wanted to be and what I wanted the record to say. So it was very different, I think.
You have a new band, right?
Yeah, the guys that I made the [new] record with. We haven’t done a huge amount of touring together. A lot of my [old] band were moving along to different parts of their lives, settling down and not being on the road and I knew that I wanted to make a different type of music that I want to be playing. I am not sure if they are into folk music, who knows. It was just like naturally, it made more sense to start a fresh really.
Your song „Is This Called Home“ is inspired by the refugee crisis. How are political topics influencing your music?
I guess, I like to be aware of what’s going on in the world. I think the last tour I did in Germany, at every single gig I talked about how amazing I thought it was, what you guys are doing here. And what you did. So I think it’s important to talk about the things you believe in and not be scared of saying it. And that was very much in the forefront of mind for so long and still it is. It’s like a hopelessness, even though you know that you’ve donated. And when you protested and done stuff you still feel hopeless. I think that was the only thing, what I can do to show that I cared in a way.
There are some wonderful artists like The Staves, Marcus Hamblett from Bear’s Den, Emma Gatrill from Matthew And The Atlas and Elena Tonra from Daughter singing on your new album. How did these collaborations came about?
I was very lucky that I felt like I was living in a very different world, where there is everyone, all of these people, friends, friends of friends. But I was never brave enough to actually ask for collaborations. I think the new record put me in a place where I felt like the music I was making was more with in that world of musicians that I knew. And I felt more confident in saying ‚would you like collaborate on it?‘ and I think, luckily for me, the songs and the direction I was taking fitted into what they liked as well, so it worked out really nice.
At the same time you’ve released your album, you also released a short documentary about your very special tour.
Fans from Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and Mexico had the chance to book you to play at their home countries.
Sounds like a real adventure. Tell us a little bit about it.
It was definitely one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. It was great that me and Will [editor’s note: her husband) went together and the documentary will explain a lot more about why it was so special to me and why it was so important. I guess, I was at a point where my second record, didn’t do as well as what the pressure of the major label wanted it to achieve. All that pressure and expectations and living within a world of the music industry, which is so profit driven. I just felt like I was failing from day one, that I was never enough and that it’s never going to be good enough. I think the most important thing that I realized was, that I wasn’t even that happy anymore and that it was a really hard thing to turn, cause I was thinking I’ve worked the last 10 years of my life to be in this position where I can be doing music as my job. All of those years of hard work, and I’m not even happy doing it. I was kind of lost in what to do next, ‚cause music is all I ever wanted. So the trip was like a way of escaping all of that and I pretty much was just escaping all those feelings as well. Travelling, as well as spending time with people and playing music, was like a force that brought me back to why I spent all those years of my life doing it, and why it was so important to me, and why I loved doing it, you know? I forgot about all of those other things that I was worried about.
What inspired you most at this journey, meeting all the fans?
It’s always the people that you meet. And I feel like it’s as well the moment, like being back on the road now. I feel like I’m seeing everything through different eyes than I ever have before. It’s so easy to turn into one of those bands that are just like, load into a venue, think that ‚yeah, I got my gig tonight, let’s set up and do stuff‘ and never appreciate anything and forget about it all. Even forget how lucky you are, that you are in a different city every single day and you’ve got kind people there for you every day. You know what I mean? Just like this guy here, he is just getting all this food, while organizing the show. You can just be like ‚yeah it’s his job‘, but he’s not even being aware of that. I think, that’s a thing that I’ve taken from the trip, to just appreciate that. We’re in a different place every day and got really kind people. Not just on that trip, but on this tour, in Europe and Asia, we’re always getting picked up by someone who’s there just to like help us. Last night in Berlin, I sort of mentioned that and the sound engineer was like: ‚No bands say that or think that!‘. It’s just like going in, doing another gig, loading out and going. I don’t think, that I would have ever thought anything differently, if I haven’t done the trip. It was just a huge amount of perspective change on everything and just how to try to be a better person. I pretty much just learned that, being with the people that I was with, because they gave me so much and they were so good. You know what I mean? When you are with people, really good people and you’re kind and you’re generous and it just made me realize, that I wanted to be more like that, going forward.
Over the last few years you toured a lot around Europe and played several times in Hamburg. If I look at your song titles, there are some, with are named after places like „Nebraska“, „Sheffield“ or „Köln“. Are these songs about memories when you visited those cities?
It’s a mixture. „Köln“ was written, because I had just written it while I was there. So I thought, some things are inspiring me here to write that song. „Nebraska“ was more about, what was in the song, what I felt and about the landscape of Nebraska. „Sheffield“, I wrote in Sheffield. It was just like, I’m so bad at naming songs, so I just name them after where I was when I wrote them.
So, logical question: How would a song called „Hamburg“ sound like?
That’s a good question. I think, it would depend. It would really much depend on the experience here, you know. I’ve had a different experience every time I’ve been here. You would influence it, because I’ve spent my day, part of my day hanging out with you guys, so it would be an influence. How would it sound? I don’t know. I have no idea what anything should sound like until it’s happening and it’s coming out in a way. It would be about how Hamburg effected me in some way. I think I can’t write a song any more, unless it’s important to me.
Are there some new outstanding artist you might recommend to our readers?
I’m sure you’ve heard of them. One I’m listening to is a band called Flyte. Nadia Reid is amazing. Tiny Ruins. These are loads of people from New Zealand, that I’m mentioning. Nick Hackim is good, it’s what i’m listening to at the moment. Yeah, that’s a good list.
Last and likely most difficult question: If you would lose your voice and there would be one last song you can sing, which one would it be? Only your own songs.
Thank you for this lovely interview, Lucy.