Lucy Rose on her new 'Something's Changing (Remixes)' album: 'The hardest bit was bringing it all together at the same time'
The Surrey singer/songwriter discusses the follow up to 2017's 'Something's Changing', her influences, dream collaboration, current jams and touring plans with Passenger.
From recording her debut album 'Like I Used To' in her parents' house in Warwickshire in 2012, Surrey-based indie folk singer/songwriter Lucy Rose has come a long way. Her debut brought her a string of accolades, with Vogue calling her "one of indie music's breakout stars for 2012". A string of big festival shows followed supporting the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club and Noah & The Whale. Her songs were featured on hit shows like 'Vampire Diaries' and the Lena Dunham starring 'Girls'.
Her sophomore album 'Work It Out' followed in 2016. Produced by Rich Cooper (Mumford & Sons, Tom Odell), it furthered Lucy's global recognition. In the spring of 2016, Lucy Rose was inspired by the number of tweets and Spotify streams coming from Latin America and decided to give something back to her fans in those territories. Lucy offered a deal to her fans: "If you book me a gig, I'll come and stay."
For two months after, Lucy took her guitar and backpacked around Latin and South America, playing free shows and staying with fans. While on this tour, she made a documentary, 'Something's Changing', which would also be the title of her third studio effort, recorded after her return. The album was lauded as self-aware and honest, with critics appreciating the "palpable intimacy and earnestness unencumbered by corporate visions of airplay and chart compatibility." Along the way, she even collaborated with Logic on the 'Everybody' stand-out track 'Anziety'.
Earlier this month (July 14), Lucy made a complete left turn by putting out a remix album, the first in her repertoire. Simply titled ‘Something’s Changing (Remixes)’, the album brings together a collection of reworked songs from her previous album, all remixed by either close musical friends of Lucy’s or new musical friends that she’s met over this past year as she’s toured the world. Each artist was invited to take a track from ‘Something’s Changing’ and rework it in their own unique style.
Speaking about the remix project Lucy said: “I feel like remixes give the songs a chance to live in these different worlds, the same lyric and melody people can enjoy and but in different sonic arrangements which might be what they connect to more. I like a real variety of music and I really love all the remixes on this record and on top of them I get to collaborate with friends which is always nice.”
From Fryars to Liz Lawrence, Otzeki to Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly and many more besides, the project is a celebration of variety and collaboration. Speaking about his involvement in the project, producer JM∆C, who worked on the remix of the single 'Strangest Of Ways', said: “I’ve always found the journey of songs fascinating and I wanted to be the guy who brings all these initial ideas and turns them into something beautiful. Lots of trial and error… always learning.”
I had the chance to have a brief exchange with Lucy Rose via an email interview where we spoke about the challenges of recording the remix album, her influences, dream collaborators and touring plans. Read the full interview below:
Who are your biggest influences?
I have so many influences I'm sure, I listen to a lot of different music from different times. I love the 60's, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, Carole King, James Taylor. But from more recent times I also really love Feist, Jose Gonzalez, Ben Howard and Bedouine. I think the common ground they all have is that they are all true to themselves in the music they make and they carved out there own careers doing just that.
What kind of music do you like listening to?
I listen to mostly singer/songwriter music, but I also listen to a lot of Hip-hop and Jazz. Kamaal Williams' record is brilliant and it's been on repeat and I seem to always go back to listening to D'Angelo.
If you had to pick one favorite among all your tracks, which one would it be and why?
Very very tough choice and to be honest I don't know. I actually think it's a brand new one that I've just written called 'Treat Me Like A Woman' because the message of the song is something I've been struggling with for years and for the first time ever I feel like I've understood my feelings and explained my frustrations. It's not like any other song I've written.
If you had to pick just one artist/band that you would like to collaborate with in the near future, who would it be?
Neil Young again and again and again!
Any new collaborators that you’ve been working with / plan to collaborate with?
I loved collaborating with Logic on two of his records and I keep my fingers crossed that this continues, he's an awesome musician. I'm also singing on the new Paul Weller record which is coming out in Autumn, which feels extremely surreal. He's the most supportive person I've ever met.
What were some of the challenges / the greatest challenge that you faced whilst compiling this remix album?
Chasing everyone and sticking to a deadline. I organized all of it from the road and knew I wanted it out in the summer and everyone who did a remix is busy with their own projects, so the hardest bit was bringing it all together at the same time.
What are your upcoming touring plans?
I'm about to go on tour with Passenger for 3 months, so back to North America, UK, Europe and Australia and New Zealand. Hoping to road test my new songs and keep writing for my new record.
What can we expect from you for the rest of this year?
I'm starting on my next record this week, but it won't be out till next year, so really the rest of the year I'll be touring.