Get to know Lucy Sugerman, a fresh new artist out of our nation’s capital who recently dropped her debut single ‘i wanna kiss boys cos i’m bored’.
Released at the end of last month, the track’s a beauty and we can well imagine Lucy’s been quite the busy bee fielding calls right, left and centre to promote it.
Thankfully she found time to put pen to paper for us and answer our probing questions about the track and her journey to get to this point.
So join us, won’t you, as we get to know Lucy Sugerman.
01. Name : Lucy Sugerman.
02. Where are you based? Canberra.
03. How did you get your start in music? I saw a lady playing the violin on The Wiggles and decided I wanted to do that. A few years later, I started busking and writing songs when I was about nine, and have loved songwriting and playing for people ever since.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Vulnerable, honest, chaotic, introspective, youthful (?????).
05. What’s your earliest musical memory? My earliest musical memory is probably dancing around the living room and attempting to play the piano to Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’ album.
06. Who have been your musical influences? Tricky to narrow this one down (or I’ll be here for hours!) – Carole King, Taylor Swift, Tom Odell, Rodriguez, Bob Dylan, Gabrielle Aplin, Norah Jones, Elton John, Anderson.Paak, Mark Ronson, Lily Allen just to name a few off the top of my head!
07. What are your favourite songs of all time? Big question! At the moment and for a while now – ‘Harmony Hall’ by Vampire Weekend, ‘Flame Trees’ by Coldplay, ‘Home Again’ by Carole King, ‘Rockstar’ by Mallrat.
08. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? Probably long drives or nature walks! Or in the studio pre/post-writing session is always fun.
09. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling : Happy? Sad? Introspective? Exhausted? I’m more a playlist girl when it comes to these – but :
Happy? Confidence Man or Anderson.Paak.
Sad? Billy Joel or Bruce Springsteen or Taylor Swift.
Introspective? Father John Misty or Jon Bellion.
Exhausted? Jake Bugg or Didirri or Wilco.
10. What was the first album you ever bought? ‘Hannah Montana – The Original Soundtrack’. Followed by the ‘Grease’ soundtrack.
11. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I love a good debate and discussion about philosophy and religion and their historical contexts.
12. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? If I couldn’t be an artist, I’d still want to work in a creative industry – work in music distribution or marketing or something.
13. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? Verses are for you, choruses are for everyone.
14. What’s been the highlight of your musical journey so far? Very cliché, but definitely the friends I’ve made through writing sessions, and getting to see a song grow from a voice memo idea to a produced master. It’s a very special process to be a part of, and my love grows for it every time.
15. What’s been the strangest experience you’ve had in the business? Haven’t had any totally strange experiences in the industry – lots of surreal ones though! I don’t think I’ll ever get over people telling me my song was bang on relatable or exactly what they’re going through and how much they connected with it. It’s very special.
16. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? This is a very big ‘grass is greener’ question! But probably Bruce Springsteen so I could say I wrote ‘Dancing In The Dark’.
17. Tell us about your debut release. I wrote ‘i wanna kiss boys cos i’m bored’ with two incredible musicians – Andy Hopkins (Hauskey) and MUKI – in a session at the UMPG Writer’s Block Studio in Sydney last year. I’m super proud of the lyrics and the story it tells.
Andy and I worked on it on and off since then, and then more intensely over email and Zoom during isolation in the lead to the release.
As we all tend to do at some point or another, I went through a long period of seeing other people solely to try and get over an ex. It’s safe to say, it didn’t help and left me feeling quite hollow afterwards every time.
It’s something I experienced on both sides, a worrying amount of times – I’d be telling someone I don’t want anything serious, and they’d say the same, and then for some twisted reason, we’d end up talking about our exes. Feelings are weird.
‘i wanna kiss boys cos i’m bored’ explores the concept of those kind of rebound relationships in a bit of a silly and tongue-in-cheek way, and how they really (unfortunately) do not work for me.
It’s a deceivingly sensitive and sad song for me personally, despite the title and music around the lyrics.
18. What do your future plans involve? Write lots of music. Release lots of music. Tour said music. Learn to DJ. Master some more yoga poses. Learn how to make a good lasagne. Read more.
19. Where can our audience catch you live? I play regularly around Canberra – otherwise we have lots of exciting things to announce for 2021…
WEBSITE : http://lucysugerman.com
FACEBOOK : http://facebook.com/lucysugerman
INSTAGRAM : http://instagram.com/lucysugermanmusic
TWITTER : http://twitter.com/lucysugerman
YOUTUBE : http://youtube.com/lucysugerman