Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Leeds based singer Lucy Booth to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I’m from a little town called Penistone near Sheffield. I’ve loved music for as long as I remember (I started piano lessons when I was 4!) but I discovered my passion for singing and writing original material when I was about 12. I had been writing poems for a few years and started putting them to music - my first few attempts were pretty terrible, but I like to think it’s been a very steep learning curve since then!
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I wasn’t one of those cool kids who had a really original music taste I’m afraid – I was more of a JLS and Justin Bieber kind of girl. But I’ve always appreciated great song writers, so when I was a teenager I was influenced by Daughter, Eva Cassidy, Lauren Aquilina, Lucy Rose, Newton Faulkner, Jason Mraz and Norah Jones. At the moment my influences include Dodie, Oh Wonder, Lana Del Rey, Gabrielle Aplin, Birdy, London Grammar, Billie Eilish… the list goes on haha!
How would you describe your sound?
‘Ethereal, melancholy alternative-pop with pure, sweet vocals’.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest release was my debut EP, ‘Melancholy Blue’. It’s a collection of songs exploring some of the most challenging obstacles which people face on an everyday basis, from heartbreak and loss, to betrayal and temptation. My biggest influence for the EP has been the people I’ve crossed paths with in my everyday life, as my songs are inspired by their stories.
What's your local music scene like?
The music scene in Leeds is insane. I’ve only lived here for a year but forming a network of great musicians and creatives has been easy, because Leeds is so saturated with talent. There are loads of fantastic music venues too.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I’m playing at my first festival, ‘Underneath the Stars’ this summer, in a village called Cawthorne near Barnsley which I’m excited for! I am also playing at a charity event at the Penistone Paramount in November, supporting Kate Rusby. And I’ll have my next single out in Autumn.
Is there anyone you'd love to collaborate with?
I’m hoping to collaborate with the Leeds-based producer, Frankie Harper, over summer which will be cool! His production on ‘Let Me Follow’ by ‘DOMI’, and on ‘Flowers Grow’ by ‘In The Morning Lights’ (his own duo) is really creative and original, so I’m looking forward to developing some ideas with him.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I’m left-handed like all the best people in the world haha!