Seamlessly fusing slick electronic production, thoughtful lyrics and Lu.Ci’s vocal both singing and rapping, the song explores the feeling of helplessness many people felt during the national lockdown.
Speaking of the track, Lu.Ci says, “I wrote the song during 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 felt lost within this period, and it dawned on 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.
I started writing the lyrics, which naturally started as poetry and turned into a rap. My producer, Steve, Jampact recordings, came up with this amazing, ambient, electro beat and that’s when the magic happened.”
Lu.Ci started singing from a young age, studying music and performing in musicals. She started writing poetry from 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.”
What’s your story as an artist?
I was always creative from a young age, writing poetry, acting, songwriting and painting. I studied music at school and was always expressing myself in one media form or another.
What do you want your music to communicate?
Each of my pieces will come with their own individual message however generally there will be some relatability for the listener and messages of support, hope and positivity.
What are some sources of inspiration for your storytelling?
I write either from personal experiences, for example leaving a toxic, abusive and controlling relationship, the journey of finding you, having the strength to embarrass yourself or I write about the way I see this world.
What’s the record or artist that made you realize you wanted to be an artist?
This is always a difficult question as there are so many, however Freddie Mercury, Cat Stevens and Alanis Morrisette have always been an inspiration to me. All have written incredible lyrics and are relatable. I do believe though, that being an artist is about having something to say, something to express on a much deeper level.
Tell us about your latest release and how it came about
I wrote “I Need You” during 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 a rap. My producer, Steve, Jampact recordings, came up with this amazing, ambient, electro beat and that’s when the magic happened. 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 on 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.
What inspires your sound?
My emotions, my experiences and situations the world develops. I’m a very deep, spiritual person and I can take inspiration from many things. It could be from a single glance from a stranger to a traumatic event from my past.
What’s your favorite tune of yours?
My favourite track that I have released would probably be Control because it signifies so much. It’s about finally being free to be yourself, breaking the chains of negativity and abuse and feeling finally free.
Where are some things you really want to accomplish as an artist?
My next move would be to perform at a festival, share the stage with some larger artists, release my EP and to eventually tour.
Favorite lyric you’ve ever written?
Just due to the power, it would be the opening lines of Control;
“You do not control me, you dont live here anymore.
You cannot defeat me, I am stronger than before”
Was there ever a moment when you felt like giving up?
I think if there was someone out there in any industry who said they never felt like this, then they would be a robot. Yes, of course! However you need to remember that to create a reaction you first need action and ask yourself ‘Is what I am doing making me happy?’ If it is, then you have your answer to keep going. No one said your journey was going to be easy, otherwise everyone would be walking your path.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
If you can genuinely look back at your life and say that you are further forward then you were, then you are doing everything right.
Where do you think the next game changer will be in the music industry and entertainment scene?
I believe if virtual concerts become the norm, then there will be a complete change within the industry. If we use social media for an example, there have been so much more online performances happening, the viewers do not need to leave the comfort of their own home. However, due to the lockdown situations, I do expect there to be a boom in live performances. I believe the next year to be a very interesting period to watch for sure.