Lucky Iris – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
LI: We are an alt-pop duo based in Leeds made up of vocalist Maeve and multi-instrumentalist Jasper!
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
LI: Jasper and I actually met back in school when we were both in the school choir… Jasper ended up going to Leeds to study music and a year later I followed him to study Philosophy and Psychology. We’d always talked of starting a band and in my first year we started a band called Everyday People but summer last year we decided we would start up our own thing. We started writing and recorded just before Christmas and announced it all to the world just over a month ago and then here we are now.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
LI: We both grew up listening to a lot of music, whereas Jasper focused on classical and jazz, I was brought up on rock and pop mainly. But we’re both very open to new influences and try to write about what we know which is what is going on in our lives and those around us, so I guess everyone and everything is an influence!
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
LI: Generally, our dream is to make this our full time job! To spend all our time touring, writing and releasing music and being able to share it with whoever wants to listen, that would be pretty great.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
LI: Jasper and I write together. I write the majority of the lyrics and vocal melodies whereas Jasper writes everything else from chord sequences to bass lines and drums. However, we both work very hard together to create a sound representative of the both of us.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
LI: We do it all ourselves!! It’s a lot of work and a lot of reaching out to people and asking for them to take a listen, but it seems to be working so far. Also, we’re actually yet to perform as a duo so that is something to look forward to after lockdown, but again it’s just a matter of reaching out to as many people as possible.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
LI: Streaming sites are a hard business, even harder when you’re starting out as it is really hard to get heard with the amount of great music coming out all of the time. However, we can’t ignore the fact that it is the easiest and often cheapest way for our fans to access our music, and like other upcoming artists our main aim is to get people to listen.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
LI: Personally, I wish I’d written “Strange” by Celeste, it’s hauntingly beautiful and the way it talks about the circular nature of relationships is so poignant and has really stuck with me.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
LI: Generally being ‘a woman in music’ can have its ups and downs. Everything from grouping ‘frontwomen’ as a genre to not being able to count how many times I have been compared to Ellie Roswell the lead singer of Wolf Alice. Although this may come across as a compliment, I know that the comparisons were due to the fact that people knew of very few women in bands.
It has gotten better since being in a pop duo as there are a far bigger range of female artists, but I still don’t get away from things such as people assuming I am a ‘groupie’ at a gig to being heckled by members of the audience and more.
With this being said there are now numerous groups supporting women in music now which is so wonderful to see. But we have a long way to go…
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
LI: I think we’ve had a lot of proud moments recently, and it’s hard to pick the best. Everything from wrapping up the EP recording that took so many hours to getting our first radio play that really gave us some validation and reassurance that we need to keep on pushing. But also we have had a number of reviews and even individual messages from people saying they appreciate or can relate to our music, and that’s a pretty great feeling, especially at a time when everyone feels so far away.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
LI: Due to Jasper and I being isolated separately we are yet to work on anything new. However our EP was released recently and we’re still promoting that as much as possible to get it out to as many people as possible!!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
LI: Our music is available on almost every streaming site you can get your hands on. So you can find us on, Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Youtube, Amazon and Bandcamp so take your pick!
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