INTERVIEW: Lucy & La Mer

Hi Lucy, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Just lovely, thanks! I’m in the middle of a radio tour, so I’ve been enjoying the scenic Pacific Coast Highway on the West Coast for the last couple weeks.  

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Honey, Put Your Weapons Down”?

Yes, it just came out last Friday and we’re so excited to see how everyone is reacting. 

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I wrote this song very quickly, after leaving an unhealthy relationship very slowly. I sat on my front steps after my ex picked up the last of their things and I couldn’t quite get myself to go back inside. I started writing and this song came out.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Absolutely. I wrote/directed the music video for this track and it’s set to come out in the next few weeks. It’s all about technology and how our phones/laptops/etc influence and distract us within our relationships. 

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing was easy and very cathartic, it felt like I was journaling my woes after a bad day. I hadn’t even realized that I’d stopped writing entirely while I was in this relationship, and then once it was over I couldn’t stop. 

Recording was a different story. It took a long time to find a producer who could keep the folk elements of our live performance in the recording, while also adding their own electronic touch.  

What was it like to work with Jared Lee Gosselin and how did that relationship develop?

I was definitely a little intimidated when I walked into the studio. I was greeted by Dave Pensado (one of the most influencial mixers in the industry) and the location (The Fab Factory) is a really incredible space. They asked me to play the song for everyone who was there and I was super nervous. But it all came together and they were intrigued and very supportive. 

How much did he influence the song?

Jared’s background is more hip-hop and r&b (Eminiem, D12, Macy Gray) which is awesome, because I grew up with folk music. So we both brought different styles to the track. We combined acoustic instruments (live standing bass, baritone ukulele, cello, piano) with digital percussion to find a new unique sound. 

What role does LA plays in your music?

LA overwhelms me on the regular. It’s a fast city, but you’re supposed to be cool and calm all the time. And I’m not. I am stressed. I’m happy and I love it here, but yeah, I get stressed. And I think that’s why I wrote a song about learning to let go of things (or people) that are causing strife and anxiety. I’m learning to prioritize and be proactive so that I can enjoy my time here.  

How does your activist background influence your music and the other way around?

Activism is all about seeing something that needs to be changed and standing up and taking action to support that change. To be honest, it’s always been a lot easier for me to fight for a cause than it is to fight through my own personal struggles. I was explaining how trapped and powerless I felt in my relationship to a friend and they were like, “Riot! Revolt! Make one of your signs!” And my laughter turned to tears real fast. 

Ultimately I’m learning to stand up for myself, I can’t expect to make big changes in the world without knowing how to make small changes in my own life. This song definitely reflects that realization. And I’m lucky because Los Angeles is full of amazing activists who are constantly encouraging and inspiring me. 

Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along? Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I’m very excited about the new songs and new musicians I’ve been working with – but we haven’t set a release date just yet. Stay tuned!

Would you be exploring other themes of transitioning on this record?

The next record is focused on transitioning out of a negative headspace and into a liberated, new perspective. Not focusing on the transition itself, but rather the outcome and aftermath. 

Any plans to hit the road?

Our radio tour continues through May and then we’ll be in LA for June. But back on the road after that!

What else is happening next in Lucy & La Mer’s world? 

Today, we’ll be hitting the beach after our radio performance in Laguna. Then next month you can catch us every Tuesdaynight in Hollywood at Harvard & Stone for our LA residency shows.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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