Lucy Rose

We recently sat down with Lucy Rose ahead of her headline performance at Live at Leeds on 2 May. The singer/songwriter from Warwickshire has become a regular fixture at the top of festival line-ups since the release of her debut album Like I Used To in 2012. We sat down to find out about her new album, being a radio DJ and her bizaare music video.
By Graeme Smith


What have you been up to today?

Well, this morning I’ve been doing a lot of things like running round to get stuff developed for the album cover. We’re still shooting at the moment so it’s getting stuff filmed, developed and then going back and forth. Then we loaded up the van and drove here.


What have you got in store for the audience?

Quite a lot of new stuff and some songs I haven’t played in quite a while as well, five old songs and six new songs.


I see you’ve got Our Eyes on the set list. I have to ask you about the video for that. You’re in some quite strange situations. How on earth did that all come about?

That came about from my friend coming up with a great idea, which was to do this and sort of show that, I guess there can be quite a lot of vanity sometimes in videos and wanting to look good and wanting to look cool, and I was finding that when I was reading treatments it was all a bit soulless and ego and vain and beautiful. And I get the reason you do that. It’s a light-hearted song and I’m not cool and I hate the idea of being styled and wearing cool clothes and looking cool so that sort of came from that. We wanted to wear outfits that, you know, people can judge you but I really don’t care what I look like sort of thing and being in these crazy situations was more just the fact that I’m not wearing the next big label.


Our Eyes

Lucy Rose

Video via Youtube


I think you pulled off dog biscuits very well.

Thank you very much.


You’ve also recently branched out from music and co-hosted a show on XFM, how was that?

It was so much fun. The most fun. John Kennedy is just the nicest guy of all time and I did an X-posure gig with him and we were just talking afterwards and I was saying I’d like to get into radio. I find it really exciting discovering bands and new music that’s out there, and following bands and seeing them grow, you know bands like Everything Everything that I’ve known about for so long now and watch them put out their first record and them watch them grow into their second and then this one. It’s really exciting. I love all the old classics as well. They inspire me and make me think a lot about my song writing. New, current music is so exciting and I just sort of mentioned that I’d love to have a radio show where I could play what I loved and he just invited me on to do a co-host and that was that.


You’ll be headlining Edith Bowman’s book launch, tell us about that.

I’ve known her for a long time as well. I used to do open mics in the pub that I’ll be playing at, The Stag, so she’s seen me play there before when there’s been only three people in the room. It’s really nice that she’s asked me to come back and play at

such a big event for her and I’m just happy to be involved in it in any way.


Tell us about your new album coming out in the Summer.

It’s quite long. We recorded 18 songs and it’s really tough to decide which ones are going to make it onto the standard record, be on the vinyl or the deluxe. It’s really hard. Some of my favourites are on the deluxe but it’s more giving the album what it needs, that light or shade and not repeating yourself if you’ve got a song that does a similar job. It’s really exciting. It’s 13 songs, a real mixed bag. There’re some songs that are incredibly personal to me. Then I’ve got some more light-hearted songs like Our Eyes and Like An Arrow. It’s a real mixed bag of moments in my life that I’ve written a song about.

What advice do you have for aspiring musicians?

I think it’s just determination, and knowing it’s not easy. You can get to a certain level quite quickly. Then, to take it up to the next level is really tough. I’ve seen loads of bands over time selling out venues in London and doing really well and then nothing happens. It doesn’t go above that level. And I think to do that is just determination. It’s to go home and write all of the time, to be playing all of the time and never being lazy with what you do. That’s what’s worked for me.


I want to write all my own songs, forever, if I can. It sets a high standard, and it means that I spend lots and lots of time writing songs, many of which will never be good enough for anyone to hear. But for every 10 of the bad songs I might reach something that I feel I can share. So it’s writing, not giving up, and most importantly loving it and not getting disheartened, because it can often feel really tough, which it is. But you shouldn’t allow it to dishearten you or make you upset, because when you’re writing new stuff and playing music then you’ve got no reason to be upset.


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Lucy performing at Live at Leeds – photo by Graeme Smith

Any last words for the readers?

My album’s out July 6th, fingers crossed! Please help me carry on being a musician for as long as possible.


Lucy Rose played at Live at Leeds on Saturday 2 May 2015. Her album Work It Out is due for release on 6 July 2015.