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 releases. 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 ☺
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
No, though I am curious as to the lab leak theory.
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 the 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 makes you stand out as a band/Artist?
Refer to the previous answer ☺
Right now, what’s pissing you of the most? (Cant say the virus )
The negativity. It can wear us all down.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
My acoustic song – 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 hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
Yes, it’s called Vicinity. It’s a pop dance track that is upbeat and fun to play. The key message of the song is: go hard or go home! It explores a desire to collaborate with others who share a similar vision – to join forces with people who can see beyond what’s in front of them and dream big.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
I wrote Vicinity to express my frustration over the difficulty in finding people to collaborate with. In a musical sense, it was finding musicians that were the right fit but I am also a teacher, and the frustration with trying to convince students to see the bigger picture and work hard for their own sake can be an exhausting.
What was the recording process like?
I recorded the song with Luke Bertoz who recorded my previous singles, Deaf Ears, Please Stay and Calm Before the Storm. I love dabbling with electronic sounds and experimenting with different genres and styles so making this upbeat pop dance song was a fun experience and shooting the video clip was a blast.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
Allowing the song to go where it needs to go. Sometimes you want to conform to a genre, particularly with Spotify placements which can be restrictive, but it can be limiting and boring doing the same style over and over again. So, letting go of the pressure to fit into a box takes a leap of faith.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Release Vicinity on 20 January and then release my other singles later in the year. Plus, hopefully do more shows if Covid permits.
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.