Lucy Mason, the Australian ex-pat living in London, is kicking so many musical goals, including a very recent performance for the Queen
Lucy Mason made the brave move a few years ago to make her musical mark in London. While there have been dark and dreamy days (check out the piece she wrote for Music Love here), Lucy is continually kicking goals. Just last week, the singer/songwriter from Sydney's Northern Beaches was asked to perform at the Queen's Baton Relay which is the official launch of the Commonwealth Games held at Buckingham Palace. She performed her new single Hunger before fellow Australian Cody Simpson took the stage to sing I Still Call Australia Home, and then took the Commonwealth Games baton into a Kombi, apparently all the way to the Gold Coast. It was all very Australian with legends like medalist Anna Meares in attendance, and what an honour it was for Lucy Mason to perform for such a crowd. She looked gorgeous shrouded in Chanel, and her winning smile. Lucy has been on a big musical journey the past few years with some ups and downs, but keeps managing to land these great opportunities, her talent for songwriting and her effortless, powerful voice clearly paving the way. Lucy is about to release her second EP called Going Home Broke and spent some time chatting with Music Love about Buckingham Palace, her new music, and how she dreams about her two favourite Northern Beaches cafes.
What does music mean to you?
There’s nothing like putting on headphones and turning a song you’re in love with up so loud that it’s all you can feel. Music has this incredible ability that makes you get so lost in it and when you’re lost in it, it changes you.
Tell us about the success of your single Hunger
It’s always just a great feeling when people are listening. It doesn’t matter how many but I’ve been really proud of the reaction so far. There’s a long way to go but it’s been a wonderful few months.
Tell us about your time and team in the studio and your processes in songwriting and producing.
The closest studio I’ve been in this year has been living rooms! My process in songwriting is forever changing but it’s really important to me that lyrics come from me. There are very few people I let influence them and the people I do I’d consider to be very good friends who understand what I want to say and they’re great writers. The best songs have always come outside of the studio where it’s just a melody, lyrics and an instrument. Normally I start with lyrics or a title that comes into my mind but sometimes I’ll start with a melody and I need to write the lyrics later. It always depends on the song and if i’m writing on my own or with someone else.
What was your favourite gig that you’ve ever performed at?
Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games.
Oh it was amazing! We had the best time and it was such an honour to see the Queen! She is just incredible. It really was very cool to be representing Australia in London for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.
How are you finding the London music scene?
Fast paced, creative, respectful of genre, overflowing with talent and artists are leading the way.
Who are your favourite Australian women in music?
Loving Tash Sultana so much right now.
What was life like growing up in Australia for you? Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Sydney's Northern Beaches. I did spend a few years in the UK when I was 12 - 15 years old in high school. Those years made me who I am. I miss home all the time being back in London, but I will always be grateful for the amazing opportunity I’ve had to live overseas and experience the things that I have.
What is your favourite place in Australia?
My home in Sydney.
What is your favourite Australian café/restaurant?
Showbox in Manly and Rough & Bare in Mona Vale. I have dreams about them.
Who is your favourite Australian fashion designer or retailer?
Something non-musical about yourself?
I am a cat person. (Also love pugs)
Any funny, frustrating or significant stories from tour, studio or media?
Funny is sharing a dressing room with the Jersey Boys, and frustrating is going on my first tour throughout the UK supporting Matt Corby with two ear infections on steroids.
What is your most favourite song that you have written?
Going Home Broke. Coming soon!
My brand new release comes out March 31st. I’ve spent almost a year on this project and I can’t wait for it to be heard. I’ve been working with some amazing people and I’m really proud of the music we’ve made.