Overcoming the challenges of being a new artist in a world without live music, South London’s Lu Wright has set herself up for a strong 2021.
With her debut EP, ‘Notes To Self’ due for release on 27th May, her blissful and sophisticated take on pop is a welcoming world of hip hop, RnB and soul influences which oozes with soothing tones.
In celebration of her new single, ‘What I Like’ we caught up with Lu to discuss her forthcoming EP, new found hobbies and everything she’s missing about live music.
Hi! Tell us a bit about yourself and your musical career so far?
Heyaaa, I am Lu. I am a 23 year old born and raised in South London. After school I headed to BIMM London to do a degree in creative musicianship. After that, I then practically lived in the studio to write my EP, Notes To Self. Since then I have been writing new material, gathering lyrics and new melodies together.
Your debut EP is set for release in May, talk us through it a bit. What can we expect from ‘Notes To Self?’
Notes To Self is a 5 track EP and they are my experience of growing as a young woman. I think the obvious elements and themes of my EP are relationships, youth and independence. The sound is generally soul and RnB but there are other genres in there like pop and jazz too. Each track has a note/ message on reflection that I have written to myself hence, Notes To Self. A reminder of what to do when you feel that certain way about something or what could I have done better next time in that situation.
How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard it before?
My music is bright, colourful and full of honesty. My songs are soul, pop and Jazz influenced wether that’s vocally or musically. Lyrically there is no sugarcoating a situation as I want people to relate to my music. If my music helps one person either momentarily feel happy or know they are not alone in their everyday battles - then I think I’ve done a good job.
Did you always want to pursue a career in music, or did you have different ideas when you were younger?
I loved singing and acting so I began by going down the musical theatre route and slowly realised that it was not for me. I then decided singing and songwriting I loved the most. I then started recording all the songs I had been writing since I was 11 and fell in love with being in the studio, creating and having fun.
How have you been keeping busy over this past year? Picked up any new hobbies/skills?
Ok so I really wasn’t the lockdown type that was working out everyday, baking sourdough bread or knitting your first pair of socks, I did bake a cheeky banoffee pie though. However I took the time to focus on myself for a bit. To check in with myself and mentally sort out a few things. What helped this was long walks with my dog, spending time with my family, boyfriend and catching up with old friends. Reading, podcasts, cooking and running also really helped me and listening to music obviously, haha. I have spent most of this past year focusing on my EP, discovering different ideas musically and marketing wise.
Talk us through some of your favourite artists, who can we find amongst your playlists?
I grew up in a home filled with music, listening to everything from the classic soul/jazz maestros of the '50s and '60s, like Nina Simone and Sam Cooke, to noughties Hip hop, RnB and soul outfits such as Outkast, Eminem, Rihanna and Amy Winehouse, this is where my love for songwriting and melody truly began. Since then, my contemporary influences have aligned with the times, like Little Simz, Anderson Paak, Maverick Sabre and this year the Blue Note Re: imagined album was a huge source of inspiration.
What are you missing the most about live music?
The audience. They are the ones that matter the most. They are the ones who are either moving to the front in excitement or heading to the bar for another pint. They are the best way to experiment new music and ideas. Life without gigs has been really hard as I haven't been able to experiment with my new music. But hopefully soon!
Where’s the first venue you’d like to play when normality returns?
I have previously really enjoyed playing at Notting Hill Arts Club, The Finborough arms, Nambucca etc. I had a couple of gigs lined up, one of them was Hootananys in Brixton so I would love to perform there.
What’s the rest of 2021 looking like for you? Anything fun in the works?
I am very excited for everyone to hear my next single, What I Like, it is slightly more edgy than my debut single, British Daisy. My EP ‘Notes To Self’ has been an amazing process and I can’t wait for that to be released into the wild for everyone to hopefully enjoy!