IN this interview...
I have been speaking with Lucy Spraggan about her new track, End of the World, and how that came together. I ask what we can expect from her upcoming album, Today Was a Good Day, and which records Spraggan holds dearest – she tells me about plans regarding touring.
Spraggan reveals which rising artists we need to watch and which musical memory stands in her mind; when music came into her life and who’d she support on the road if she could – she chooses a great song to end the interview with.
How are you enjoying the weather at the moment? Does the warm conditions inspire songwriting?
The weather is beautiful! I am definitely in a better mood when the sun is shining, so I guess I write happier songs. My songwriting really can happen anywhere at any time!
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourself, please?
I am a singer-songwriter/storyteller from the U.K. that writes about life in general; the highs and lows and everything in between.
End of the World is your latest track. What is the story behind it?
My wife and I were in a bar in Cologne that was totally dead. The beer wasn’t so nice and there was a funny smell floating around. I realised, in that moment, that it doesn’t matter what is going on around us - as long as you are with someone you love you can have the best time anywhere.
It made me think about the end of the world; there’s no person I’d rather be with when it happened.
Today Was a Good Day, your album, is out on 3rd May. What sort of themes and ideas define the music throughout?
This album is quite a positive-sounding album! Which is different to my last couple. It is more up-tempo and outlines the way I feel at the moment.
Take me back to the start. When did music come into your life and do you recall the first album you bought?
My family are very musical and there’s always been a lot of singing going on at parties and B.B.Q.s in our house. My dad and brothers play guitar and my mum always had music on in the car.
My first album was Americana - The Offspring.
Do you have a standout memory from your time in music so far?
I played Glastonbury last year and was completely blown away. The tent was so full; everyone was singing along and cheering. I get goosebumps thinking of it.
Which three albums mean the most to you would you say (and why)?
Americana - The Offspring was the first album I bought so brings back a lot of memories.
Watsky - Cardboard Castles. I just love this album. I think he is an amazing lyricist.
The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. I put this on when I need cheering up!
If you could support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?
I’d love to support Ed Sheeran. What he has done for music is incredible and I have so much respect for him. I’d be happy with some waters on that rider!
Are you excited about playing Glastonbury for the second time?!
Yes! See above!
What are your other plans regarding gigs/touring?
I am touring the U.K. throughout May and have another tour in June in the U.S.A. After that, I’m back for festival season in the U.K. (a couple of euro festivals too) and then back for an autumn tour!
Is being on the stage something you really love? Is it possible to describe that feeling?
It’s my favourite thing to do. There really isn’t a way to explain it. It’s such a natural high and I love what I do.
Is there any advice you’d give to upcoming artists?
Keep being yourself, stick to your guns and do what YOU want to do!
IN THIS PHOTO: The Dunwells
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
I don’t get very much time to be honest but I’m always doing what I love. When I have time off I generally go fishing.
Finally, and for being a good sport; you can choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
Lana Del Ray - National Anthem
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