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INTERVIEW: Lucie Barât

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

I’ve been pretty tickety boo, thanks for asking. Ridiculously busy but that’s good!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Take Me Away”?

Take Me Away is my Official debut single as a solo artist. I released what was termed a teaser single in May, Be Uprising – not sure what the difference is. I guess Take Me Away has been announced with far more bells and whistles, which has been amazing. A great team pushing the single and I’m really proud of it.

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

An awful lot of Saturday mornings 😉 And also, now I’m older, I can appreciate NOT waking up with half a kebab stuck to my cheek, a lost phone and three strangers on the sofa.

How was the film experience?

That was awesome. Callum Scott Dyson, who I’ve worked with before and is amazing, instantly gets your vision but is also creative enough to embellish it without stepping on your toes. I also asked a director/producer I’m working with currently as a screen writer to come along to help and Fiona (O Shaughnessy – actress/ C4’s Utopia) and I are old friends. We’re currently collaborating on a short film as writers and actresses – so between us all, we had this amazing collaborative and spontaneous shoot day – with a rough storyboard and call sheet but it was chilled enough to experiment. And then the boys arrived with some friends and we had loads of fun doing the party scenes. Callum and I decided to get the boys as drunk as poss to relax them in front of the camera. Fiona was great too – walking at of the sea from under the water, fully clothed! She was really cool about it J

How was the recording and writing process?

Be Uprising was very much written in the studio where as Take Me Away was developed with musicians and considered parts to be recreated live. We’re really like a band, the boys I have with me now – we write together and rehearse, tour together… So we have that comradery and collaborational (may have made that word up?) aspect.

What role does Brighton play in your writing?

In my TV and film writing, everything, more or less, ends up being set here 😉 The light is so beautiful to shoot in, it has a wealth of locations and communities. And it’s my hometown. I have two TV series I’m currently developing set in Brighton… But poetry, lyrics – just being between the downs and the sea is inspiring.

Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

Yes! Well, an EP/mini album. All the terminology seems to have changed! But 6 tracks together, yes 😉

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

It will be spring/summer next year and it’s called Slave to Something.

Any plans to hit the road?

Oh yes! Got a few scattered regional dates before xmas but next year we have a full on UK/Europen tour planned. All yet to be announced.

What else is happening next in Lucie Barat’s world?

Oooh, a bit of this, bit of that 😉 I’m writing a lot for film and TV at the moment. Lots of projects in development… I’m off to Copenhagen to write on something. I’m really a homebody these days too, so lots of time with my wife and dogs whenever I can. That and writing the next EP! It’s a constant carousel in Lucie Barat World 😉

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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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