“It felt like a brand new chapter and I felt like a brand new person”
If you need a little bit of magic in your life, Australian singer-songwriter Lucy Mason is the answer. Her music is hauntingly beautiful and her vocals are completely bewitching. Before the success of her critically acclaimed 2017 EP, Lucy Mason experienced some lows that nearly saw her abandon music altogether. However, a poignant Sofar Sounds gig turned everything around for her and now, with new energy and self-belief, 2019 is set to be her best year yet. It was lovely to chat to Lucy about her latest single, the upcoming release of her debut album and the gig that changed everything…
You just released your single ‘Runway’. What is the song about and how long did it take to write?
Writing ‘Runway’ began in Berlin back in March 2018 and was finished around September. This tune took a while. Some songs just take a bit longer until you know they’re right. For years I struggled with a huge fear of flying but always found myself on planes. I guess ‘Runway’ became about that experience and the feeling I used to get before take-off and more specifically that feeling when I had to leave Australia to return to London. I was always on a plane, and always feeling slightly nervous and of course, sad to be leaving. I’ve come a long way though, and so I think writing this song was just documenting a part of my story.
How are you feeling about your debut album coming out in February 2019?
I really am so excited to finally have my album out there! It’s been a long journey to get to this point but I honestly couldn’t be prouder of the album and what it represents for me. I can’t wait for people to be able to listen to it in full.
Did you enjoy the process of making the album? Any challenges? Favourite parts?
I really did enjoy the process. I think a lot of creative people suffer with dips in motivation and mood. It’s hard when you hit a tough spot and you don’t feel like finishing something or you might want to but you feel like you physically can’t make it great! I actually think the most valuable part of the process was having people around me. Specifically Jess – who basically produced the entire album. It really was just the two of us for most of the process and I think that’s pretty special. All of it is recorded between our homes – Jess’s home studio and my home for vocals. That’s always fun. It’s taken us over a year to finish this whole project so it’s a huge achievement.
You moved from Sydney to London in order to focus on your music. What prompted that decision?
If I look back on that decision now, it was kind of crazy so it’s hard to know how I came to that decision! I’ve always loved London and I definitely believed it was the place to be when it came to being an artist, songwriter or singer. I’ve always had so much respect for UK musicians and artists. I think I just wanted to be surrounded by that and learn from whoever I could.
What do you miss most about Australia?
100% family and friends. Sometimes the weather too…but usually I miss that the most around mid February or when it snows in April!
You have had some incredible experiences such as performing at Buckingham Palace but of all your experiences, what has been your highlight so far?
My answer to this question is going to be a long one! Buckingham Palace really was a highlight but there have been a couple of moments that I really will never forget. One being a gig I did with Sofar Sounds in October 2016. The back story is that I did a show in October 2015 that really ruined me for a while. It was my ‘breaking point’. I just couldn’t keep doing what I was doing and I really thought I’d given up for good. I felt very sad about it though and it didn’t feel like the right choice but it was easier to not feel so disappointed all the time.
Somehow I wanted to make a record for this reason in 2016 and I started working on the ‘Going Home Broke’ EP with absolutely no expectations. During that year Sofar Sounds reached out and asked me to perform on a night in October. I didn’t realise the gig would be precisely one year since my terrible one and it was the most incredible night. We did all the new songs for the first time and I don’t know how to explain it but it felt like a brand new chapter and I felt like a brand new person and it was just a real moment for us all. The crowd were amazing too, and Sofar Sounds are just the BEST people and amazing at supporting new artists.
Another highlight was my trip to New York City (NYC) in 2017! Vasili Gavre reached out to me over Facebook because he fell in love with my song ‘Going Home Broke’ and he wanted to make a music video for it but he lived in NYC! Somehow everything aligned and I had some other great opportunities come up in NYC so I found myself in Brooklyn making a music video with the greatest people in the world who I met that morning and now we will be friends for life! It’s crazy sometimes what happens and you never know who is going to email you or write to you on Facebook!
What song has impacted you most throughout your whole life?
What a question! Let me try to pick one. Well I find the songs that have had the most impact on me have either been songs listened to during a tough time, or songs listened to later on that bring this full on feeling of nostalgia! I definitely have a handful of them for different moments and different reasons but ‘High & Dry’ by Radiohead had the biggest impact on me. It was probably the first time I really experienced music. It was the beginning of my inspiration to even want to be a singer or write songs. So I will probably give the glory to ‘High & Dry’ and for this very reason I did a cover of it and it will be on the album!!
If you could collaborate with any artist, living or dead, who would you choose and why?
Every time this question has come up I always give the same answer just in case he ever reads this, and gives me a call. Matt Hales from Aqualung. Call me!
What are you currently working on and do you have any upcoming shows this summer?
Right now, I’m finishing the album! I’m recording the final song which is a duet and I’m so excited about it!. So really just getting everything ready for Feb 15th!
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By Eveline Vouillemin – Up&Coming