Every week, I interview a singer-songwriter. Enjoy.
Interview W/E March 18, 2013: - Beth Lucas
W/E February 17, 2013: Lincoln Le Fevre
W/E February 10, 2013: Darren Gibson
W/E July 8, 2012: Steve Towson
W/E March 18, 2012: Jen Buxton
W/E March 11, 2012: Rise and Fall
W/E March 4, 2012: Ceremony
W/E February 26, 2012: I Exist
W/E February 19, 2012: Jamie Hay
1. Can you give us a rundown of your musical history and where you’re currently at?
I’ve been playing guitar and singing since I was about 10, writing songs from 13 and properly pursuing a musical career since age 17. I’ve released two (2) EP’s - “Beth Lucas” in 2009 and “The Let Down Days” in 2012. I’m currently working on new material for my third release and am playing as many live shows as possible in between writing and recording.
2. Who influences you? Musically and non-musically?
In my early writing days, I was heavily influenced by Australian artists Missy Higgins, Little Birdy and Kisschasy. Nowadays, I am mostly influenced by pop/punk and hardcore acts like Set Your Goals, With the Punches, Paramore, The Used and The Ghost Inside. Although my music is acoustic, I am definitely inspired by all of those bands and the message they put out. In terms of non-musical influences, I would say general life topics like love, and also work situations.
3. How do you view the current scene that you’re involved with?
I think the music scene is hard everywhere. There will always be artists/acts better than you and there will always be those who are worse, so I just have to keep playing shows, honing my craft, and getting my voice out there to as many people as possible in hope that it catches on and people enjoy what I’m singing about.
4. Do you feel being based in Brisbane is a positive thing or a hinderance from a musical standpoint?
The Brisbane music scene, like any, is tough. I play a lot of the shows that also host the heavier bands, so it’s always a challenge bringing an acoustic artist into that kind of a mix, but I love that I get the exposure to those audiences. If I didn’t play those shows, my performance wouldn’t be challenged and I wouldn’t get the exposure I want. There is also a lot of support from the venues and promoters, I’m never short of a show and I have a lot of positivity behind me, which is really encouraging.
5. What do you have planned for the rest of the year? Anything release wise or are you mostly focused on “The Let Down Days”?
At this stage, I’m working really hard on my next release but I don’t really have a timeframe on when it will be out. I just want to play as many shows as I can and keep the inspiration rolling into new songs and ideas. I’m also looking at playing in other cities - possibly looking at getting on a tour with some interstate buddies.
6. Who / what have you been spinning a lot lately?
Oh my gosh, this is easy… I seriously cannot get enough of Transit. I don’t even know where to start!! They are so wonderfully original, artistic, tricky, unusual, I could be here for days - haha… Ah, I love them so much!!
Thanks a lot, mate!