RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AUSTRALIAN ARTIST LUCY BURKE
What made you decide to start the band / become a soloist?
I have been singing since a child, performing in Acapella and Choirs in high school and writing songs, so always had music in my life. It was a natural progression to start performing in pubs and eventually form a band.
Introduce us all to the members / yourself and your musical history.
Whilst I write all the songs, I perform with an amazing band in the style of acoustic pop jazz. I have recorded 3 studio albums and various EP’s and single release. My first album Botany Street was recorded at Abbey Road studios, London.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Give a detailed list of your musical history. It takes a long time to go through haha ☺
What useless party trick /talent do you have/?
Harmonizing to the classic cover songs that get belted out at the end of the night.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Performing at the Sydney Football Stadium, during a downpour of rain – it was an epic and a surreal experience.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Forgetting my lyrics on stage and then having a laughing fit out of embarrassment. Or singing in a pub behind a football screen where people were more interested in watching a game. Was quite a low point.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe them?
A combination of acoustic pop rock with some jazz and electronic sounds. In other words, I like to experiment and keep it fresh. Imagine Portishead and Norah Jones, The Beatles and Taylor Swift have an Eva Cassidy baby.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
My acoustic song is – I Still. It’s a crowd favourite and is such a sweet, intimate song. Plus, Calm Before the Storm – it’s an epic atmospheric narrative-based song that builds to a climax and always takes me to another world. I’m excited about now being able to perform my latest single, Cliché.
I hear you have a new single/album/ep, what can you tell us about it?
Yes, have you ever found yourself desiring the attention of somebody who just isn’t available? Or found yourself falling into the roll of being the cliched lovesick person yearning for the attention of someone who is just not that into you but you’re unable to move on? That’s what this song is about. A desire to break free from being pigeonholed in a role and recognising the need to make a conscious decision to take control of your own destiny and do what is best for yourself by not being beholden to the whims of another person. This can be about romantic love but not always….check out the official music video on youtube (hint hint ☺)
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Cliché is out now and the official video clip is released on 25th January. To celebrate the release of Cliché, my band and I are set to launch it at the premier music venue, The Vanguard, in the heart of Sydney on Sunday 29 January. Tickets are available through www.lucyburkemusic.com
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
One of my greatest musical achievements was recording at Abbey Road Studios for my debut album Botany Street. This experience was surreal and was the catalyst for my solo career. I’ve always been a huge Beatles fan, ever since my mum would sing to me as a child. It has now become tradition that we perform at least one Beatles song in our live show, adding our own jazzy flavour to their songs and every time we do, I smile remembering recording at Abbey Road Studios.