How do you like your Tea & Toast? Lucy Spraggan reveals all!
Lucy Spraggan returns to Tramlines this year with her new album ‘I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing’. We had a quick chat with Lucy ahead of her performance at the Devonshire Green stage to talk about her emotional lyrics, working with Thomas Turgoose and find out just how she likes her Tea & Toast!
Hello Lucy! What are you working on at the moment?
I'm currently writing for my 5th album. It's very early days so I haven't got too much in the way of material so far. But I have written a Christmas song which I'll berecording soon, that should be a laugh!
What kind of creative process did you go through when making your latest album, 'I Hope You Don't Mind Me Writing' ?
I didn't have a set process really. I just wrote and wrote. I use my phone as a notepad and jot down whatever comes to me, that's how this album came about. I recorded it in partly Metropolis and partly in Newport with Jon Maguire, it was a great experience.
Your songs really come from the heart and are often quite personal. Do you find that writing and singing about your experiences helps?
It's the only thing I know how to write about to be honest, it's just how I've always done it. I definitely feel like it's easier to write about something you know and have felt.
Thomas Turgoose starred in the emotional music video for 'Dear You', which you co-directed. Tell us about the experience of making the video...
Tom is an absolute legend and an incredible actor. It was an extremely emotional experience seeing that song come to life, I definitely shed a few tears in the sadder scenes. The whole day was something completely different to anything I'd done before; working with Tom was a highlight of making my album!
We read in an interview that you prefer performing to songwriting. What's the best thing about performing live?
Walking out into a room full of people that are there to support you is an amazing feeling. Hearing lyrics I've written being sung back to me overwhelms me every time. Playing and touring with the band is also one of my favourite part, even though the bus life can be tough we always feel like family after the tour is done.
You will be gracing the Devonshire Green stage at Tramlines this year. What can we expect from your performance?
I'm hoping you can expect a good time! I really love getting the audience involved and making the show as inclusive and high energy as possible. I'm really looking forward to being back at Tramlines!
If you could collaborate with any other act on the Tramlines bill, who would it be and why?
It would have to be Hot 8 Brass Band. I've spent a while in New Orleans over thelast few years and am totally in love with them and their music. There is something totally magical about them, they're on my 'go to' playlist.
And finally, just for fun and in honour of your song Tea & Toast. Can you tell us how you like your Tea and Toast?
Milky tea and buttery toast, well done too!
Words by: Jess Peace
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Words: Jess Peace
21 May 2017