London-based artist Lu.Ci recently talked to ai love music via email about her musical journey, her inspirations, and the release of her recent single “I Need You”. Lu.Ci started singing from a young age, studying music and performing in musicals. She started writing poetry at the age of 12. “I remember when I was younger and I stole an album from my father, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and I’ve been singing ever since. There is nothing more therapeutic than singing, there’s something very spiritual about it. It’s my meditation.”
Check out Lu.Ci’s newest single down below and find out what major current events inspired her to write it. Let me know what you think in the comments!
First of all, please introduce yourself! How did Lu.Ci come to be?
Well, the name is actually two parts, hence the dot in between. Lu is what my family and friends call me. The “Ci” part is a play on words with how I “see” the world. My expression through my vision on my journey. To enable a listener to feel your emotion through sound is an incredible and mind-blowing skill.
How did you get into music? What has that journey been like?
From a young age, I had been singing, I had singing lessons, studied music, and had been in musicals. I started writing poetry and music from around the age of 12 years old. I remember when I was younger and I stole an album from my father, Frankie Valli, and The Four Seasons and was singing ever since. There is nothing more therapeutic than singing, there’s something very spiritual about it. It’s my meditation. So far I’m really enjoying the journey, making new relationships in the music industry, and connecting with my fans and followers.
What musical genres or artists influence?
As a singer-songwriter, it’s important to keep in touch with a broad range of genres and artists. My influences consist of Alanis Morrisette, David Bowie, Queen, Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Cat Steven’s, Paolo Nutini, Arlo Parks…the list goes on!
As 2021 is winding down, what is one thing you want to challenge yourself in 2022?
To complete my EP and perform in festivals. I also would like to collaborate on songwriting with other artists.
Let’s talk about “I Need You”. What is that about?
“I Need You” was written in lockdown. It is about that sense of losing a part of yourself, missing making memories, taking things for granted, and missing social interaction.
What inspired you to write it?
I felt lost within this period, everything was different. We were all missing out on so much and had taken so many things for granted. It dawned to me, that the whole of the country, the world, were going through this same experience all at once. None of us were truly alone. Even if we had lost a part of ourselves, we were experiencing this together. That’s when I found my inspiration to create this track.
How was the song’s production?
I wrote the song during the lockdown as it was a real surreal experience, life as we know it had been ripped away from us and I wanted to document it artistically. I started writing the lyrics, which naturally started as poetry and turned into rap. My producer, Steve, Jampact recordings, came up with this amazing, ambient, electro beat and that’s when the magic happened.
What is the most important thing you want listeners to listen for in your music?
The lyrics and messages. I want to listeners to find that relatability and understand that they are not alone. All my lyrics come from a very deep, honest core and I would hope that my listeners connect with them.
Any future plans?
Finishing my EP, performing at more gigs and festivals for next year.
What are you listening to right now?
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