She has been the most requested singer on here for some time and so many (sooo many) girls that have asked us to interview her. It’s very difficult not to fall in love with Lucy Spraggan’s voice and gorgeous personality. Her songs are truly unique. For example, at this year’s Lfest she opened her set with this – First it is an acoustic version of Beyonce’s Halo and in her accent the words ‘got my halo now,’ had the crowd singing along. She then went into her own very quick paced Spragganafied rap and then threw a few more covers like Katy Perry around before finishing on Halo again. It’s just amazing.
I’ve seen her four times live now and everytime she makes me laugh with her cute and hilarious song lyrics, blows me away with her rapping (especially doing Goldigga), and makes me wish I’d picked up a guitar when I was younger instead of a notepad. Go and see her live and you won’t regret it, and make sure you ask her about her tatoo! She will go so far with her fabulous music. I got to talk to her about her inspiration, her gigs and random adventures!
What can people expect from your gigs?
I think at my gigs you get a bit of everything, really. I try to play a variety of songs, some that make you laugh, some that make you cry and some that you can sing along to. I try to talk in between songs too, but I end up saying silly things! I like to be able to leave a gig and feel like the audience know a bit more about me than they did before I played. My songs are like my diary!
What type of music do you listen to at home?
I listen to a lot of rap music, such as; Big Pun and Tupac, but I also love a bit of country. Dolly Parton is so good it makes me excited. At the moment I’ve been listening to a lot of Andrew Duhon who is a friend from New Orleans. Look him up and buy his album ‘Songs I Wrote Before I Knew You’. Every song is perfect.
Honestly, I love performing wherever people are enjoying the gig. To look in the crowd and see people really engaging with the music is my favourite thing. That sounds so clichè!
How did you get into music?
My brothers both play guitar and sing, i always wanted to the things my brother could and I always liked the guitar. I asked my mum for a guitar for Christmas and that is what I got! I taught myself how to play and then started writing songs to go with the melodies. The first few songs were pretty bad.
Where do you get your inspiration for your lyrics?
I get inspiration everywhere, apart from sitting in my house. As long as I’m on the move, or seeing new faces, I feel like I can write non-stop. Songs like ‘Tea and Toast’ and ‘You’re Too Young’ are two that mean a lot to me, and you can sense where the inspiration came from through the lyrics. Other songs like ‘In a State’ and ‘Butterflies’ are just stories about my life that I wanted to share.
Did you always know you were going to be a musician?
I didn’t actually, I’ve always loved performing though. When I was younger I went to a drama club, in my early teens I worked as a table magician, mid teens as a tour guide in a cave and my late teens a demolition operative. I was also a plumber’s apprentice for a while. But anyway, nope, I wasn’t sure until about a year ago. I think I’m sure now…
Who inspires you, or do you aspire to be like anyone?
This also sounds cringey, but, the people that are around me every day. My family, friends and fans support me so much, they keep me looking forward and give me confidence when I’m feeling tired and deflated. They help me get to gigs and spread my music around, lots of love to all of them.
I think that’s lovely! What’s the coolest thing about you?
Isn’t it uncool to say that you are cool? I don’t care.
I fell 40ft from a cherry picker at work (on the demolition site); I was crushed by 1.4 tonne of slate and broke my leg. But I’m alive, baby!
So I will ask about the uncoolest!
I went to get two verses of Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘If’ tattooed on my ribs. When the tattooist begun the pain was so unbearable that as soon as the gun touched me I leapt up and said he couldn’t do any more.
When I looked at what he had done I had a small ‘E’ on my side. I told him to put a heart next to it quickly and then left the studio with my head hanging low.
If you see me at a gig, ask to see it, I’ll show you.
What do you do in your spare time?
I do all sorts! I love recording new stuff when I can, and writing.
I also love drinking lots and going on random adventures. I LOVE camping too, so festival season will be ace.
So what’s next for 2012/2013?
I’ve started my UK tour now, so that means the travelling now begins. I have a load of news and tour dates on www.lucyspraggan.com so check that out to see if I’m at a festival near you soon!
Follow Lucy on Twitter at @Lspraggan
Check out our review of her at Lfest – http://fisforr.com/2012/07/19/favourite-bits-review-of-lucy-spraggan/