This time, we get to know Lucy Burke, a Sydney-based singer-songwriter with a love of songwriting and storytelling. Influenced by such acts as The Beatles, Norah Jones, Portishead, Ed Sheeran, and Eva Cassidy, Lucy’s sound is diverse.
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1. Tell us a little about where you are from and what you are currently doing.
I'm a singer-songwriter from Sydney, Australia. I'm about to release my latest single 'Cliche' and launch the single at the premier music venue, The Vanguard in the heart of Sydney
2. What inspired you to start playing and making music?
I've always been singing and performing in choirs and acapella groups at school. Though it wasn't until leaving high school that I started writing my own songs as a way to tell stories and express thoughts and feelings. I began by performing around Sydney at bars and pubs, and open mic nights with a school friend. This gradually led to me forming a band with the musicians that I play with today.
𝟯. Who are your biggest influences?
Norah Jones, Eva Cassidy, Portishead, Sarah McLachlan, Lana Del Ray, Billie Eilish, Foo Fighters, Radiohead, and most importantly, The Beatles.
4. What are your goals in the music industry?
To continue releasing original music and perform around Sydney, interstate, and internationally with my band, as well as connect with our audience and help build a sense of community and collaborate with others in the music industry.
5. Tell us about your creative process when you make new music.
I usually begin with a melody in my mind or some simple lyrics, which I then play around on the guitar or piano and see what mood or concept could come from there. This usually becomes the basis for a song that I want to tell a story around.
6. What is your all-time favorite song?
Too many to choose from. Though what springs to mind is The Beatles For No One - simple, honest, insightful, storytelling, and heartbreaking. Maybe Yesterday by the Beatles too - for the same reasons.
7. What is the best advice you have either given or received in terms of music?
Lean into what makes you, you. I struggle to fit into a genre because I get bored easily playing the same style, but when I just embraced the notion that I can play any style, it made me much happier to not have to conform to a genre. Having said that, it can make it difficult to define our sound - I tell people it's a combination of acoustic pop jazz with funk and electronic influences!! Imagine if the Beatles, Eva Cassidy, and Portishead had a musical baby! haha
8. Proudest accomplishment?
Probably recording my debut album at Abbey Road, London. It has always been a dream of mine to record there as I am a huge Beatles fan. My mum used to sing their songs to me as a child. As an independent artist, I had to save up a lot of money to fly there and record there for a week. It was a surreal experience to record in a place of musical history.
Another great achievement would be performing at the Sydney Football Stadium - that was an amazing experience! It was pouring with rain which added to the drama of the night!
9. Just for fun! What's been your most embarrassing moment so far?
Probably missing the cue at the Australian Songwriters Awards as I was busy in the bathroom practicing my acceptance face! Ended up rushing on stage, all flustered and not graceful at all - saying a few random, off-the-cuff comments that still make me cringe with laughter today.
𝟭0. Tell us about your lowest and highest points in music so far.
The lowest point was probably performing to an empty room. Had to reevaluate where I was heading in my musical career! The highest points are recording in the studio, rehearsing, and jamming with a great band. It's the best feeling to have a song in your head and then hear it come to life with talented producers and musicians.
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