We were waiting at the hotel lobby for our interview with Lucy Rose just hours before her Cinema Tour at 19 East. Already a few minutes behind schedule, we would eventually learn that she had just arrived in Manila straight from her gig in Osaka the night before.
It’s curious how she has the strength and energy to fly to different places almost everyday for months to share an intimate music experience with her fans; so we sat down with Lucy to talk about her third album ‘Something’s Changing’, going on tour, and what keeps her going.
How was your experience when you toured for your fans in South America?
I think it was honestly—out of everything I’ve ever done in my life—the greatest experience of my life. I’ve never done anything like that; never lived with strangers, never expected a stranger just to pick me up from the airport and be there just because they like my music, and look after me, and open up their home to me. So that was a whole new thing, just even that.
I played free gigs every night which definitely, I have ongoing battles with every promoter that puts on a gig for me that I want tickets to be cheaper because I find it really difficult that I’ve come all this way, and traveled so far. If I got one tweet from someone today saying “I wish I could come tonight, but I’m just too poor to come,” it breaks my heart because I haven’t come just to play to people who can afford music. I guess that’s why the entrance was free.
Did you plan for the trip long before it happened, or did it just come to you?
Well it kind of, it spiraled when I woke up one day, I definitely wanted to go to Latin America, and wanted to go on tour there. I think then, when I couldn’t get any gigs, no one would book me gigs because I wanted them to be free entry, so no venues would book me. It became difficult, then it sort of all spiraled into my fans are going to have to help me. And then fans from tiny places, tiny towns in the middle of Argentina, or in the middle of Chile were asking me to come to their town.
I felt really bad because the whole point of the trip was to try to make fans feel important in places where they might not feel important, just for that one moment. If I got a message from someone saying “Look, I’ve never been able to go to a live gig ever, because I can’t afford to get on a plane, and everyone always goes to Rio, or they go to Sao Paulo, but I don’t live there,” that again feels like “Jesus! Man, I need to do something about that,” so then I ended up in tiny towns, and unexpected things happened, I guess.
I never really realized that I had any power to make my fans feel anything, and just by turning up to their house, and getting on a bus, and then being there, can make someone feel something so strong, and that, I never realized that was possible.
Do you believe in second chances?
Do I believe in second chances? Yes. I do, but I think they’re harder than you realize. You kind of go “No, I’m going to be different this time. It’s going to be different,” but actually sticking to it is also really difficult, I think, and a lot of times, with second chance, I think there’s a lot of change that needs to happen, and that’s what’s difficult about it, but I do believe them.
What is your most favorite track from ‘Something’s Changing’?
I always want to go for the song that I think would mean the most to somebody. I think Moirai is a song that I’m most proud of writing because it’s talking about something that I think some people would have experienced what I’m trying to say in it. I feel very sad that pepople have experienced it, but I guess Moirai is the Greek god in charge of your fates, and sometimes they say “It wasn’t meant to be if, things didn’t turn out the way I wanted to.” The more people I’ve met in the world, and the more stories I’ve heard about real heartbreak and sorrow people have had to go through with their lives, it really made me question the whole thing, really. You know, fate, if that really is somebody’s fate? I’m not sure if it is.
I also think a lot about lost love, you know? A great book as well—A Thousand Splendid Suns— which kind of talks about that, about maybe that was the one, maybe you should have been together, but it just was a wrong time. I don’t believe that was meant to be, in a way. I just think that sometimes, it could just be plain and simply unfair.
So that song, I feel like when I ever would explain it on stage, or play it for people who have never heard it before, I can see the person deeply connected to it, and for that, I think it’s my favorite song just for that person.
Have you ever fallen out of love with your music?
All the time. I had this really bad jet lag, not last night, but the night before we flew to Osaka. I was lying in bed, just thinking. I can’t remember what happened, I was thinking “I’m so terrible”, “No one’s gonna come to my gig”, and “What am I doing?” and so it’s all the time. I’m probably 90% doubtful and unsure of my ability, and 10% feel good about it.
Having someone sit down, and talk to me about my music properly. It’s like a self-indulged trip because I really needed that, because I was at a point when I didn’t know if I was any good at this; and whether I should just quit, or what does the world even want it? So I really needed that at that point in my life to be told that somebody did.
What would you like to tell your fans who feel lost, or doubt themselves?
I guess it’s the same message that I’m giving myself every morning, in a way. I guess this kind of message of a second chance which is saying, “When you get older, and you look back at photos of yourself, you will 100% say “look how lovely I was”, and you’ll look at yourself adoringly when you’re older at your younger self. So try just have that hindsight now, and believe in the good you are, and believe in the person that you are, but it’s really hard. I wish I had the answers.
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