Q&A: Lucy Deakin

Lucy Deakin, a name to remember for sure as she’s been quietly making moves throughout her music career. Whether it’s being in NME’s top 100 artists to keep an eye on or grabbing Miley Cryus’ attention, she’s been creating addictive beats to jam to, relatable lyricism to connect to and most importantly, being an artist making a change in the industry.

The Manchester born and raised artist has been a powerhouse so far, but she’s only just getting started. Throughout the pandemic she has become a personal favourite artist of this writer. She sat down with us to discuss dream collaborations, that Miley Cryus moment and the future.

Good morning/Good afternoon, how have you been during the pandemic since lockdown?

I’ve been good thank you! I’ve been trying to keep myself busy and write as much as possible. Initially I was writing at home which isn’t the same as being in a real studio but I was grateful to have the time to keep creating and a space that I could work from. I’ve had ups and downs the same as everyone but just grateful I could keep creating.

Yourself, Barney Artist and Bryson Tiller have been my favourite new artists to discover during lockdown – what have been your favourite music discoveries during lockdown?

That’s amazing to hear – thank you so much. YUNGBLUD is a big one for me – I think he is such an inspiration and completely commands every stage. He does not care what anyone else thinks about him and that is something to be credited for. Also I’ve been loving Baby Queen – she’s so raw but in a super uniquely her way. UPSAHL too is such a great songwriter and I’ve been loving her stuff the past year.

I’ve been following your journey long enough to remember your reaction to Miley Cyrus’ cosign/discovered you – is it still crazy that it happened since you’re a massive fan of hers? Especially after seeing the Dork interview.

Oh my god I’m so glad you mentioned that. That was a moment I’d wanted to happen for my whole life and she finally knows who I am – definitely a pinch me moment. At least I have a talking point for if I ever meet her now.

One thing I’ve noticed through following you on social media is that you have an Instagram fan account dedicated to you – celebrities have them all the time, so is it weird or cool that you have one?

I was always the kid who had fan accounts for people growing up so it’s such a 360 moment and is crazy for me. I’m so grateful that people are so invested – going from streaming a song once to creating a fan account. I definitely don’t take it for granted and I feel so lucky as I’m so early in my career.

You’re from Manchester, an incredibly creative music scene with the likes of your label, Scruff of The Neck, how has the city inspired you regarding people, venues and others?

I definitely think the city helped shape me and add a bit more edge to the pop I’ve been creating – particularly encouraging me to add more guitar based elements to my tracks as it helps translate the tracks live, and Manchester’s live music scene is thriving so that was so important for me to have a good live show.

The northern music scene is buzzing right now, as a lad from Scunthorpe, I love this, so what’s one northern artist or band you’d love to collaborate with?

YUNGBLUD for sure – he is so cool and really pushes boundaries and I think it is so important to have a role model like him.

We’ve got to talk about the new track and music video for ‘how to lose a guy’ – a banger by the way – I know it’s influenced by the 2003 movie ‘how to lose a guy in 10 days’ so how did the movie inspire the creation of the track?

Thank you! Over lockdown I was on a rom-com marathon and as soon as the film ended I said “I’m going to write a song called how to lose a guy”. The next day I went into the studio and came out with this track and I instantly knew it was going to be on the project. I really wanted to get into the character and capture the fun side of the film, with the chorus’ feeling super empowering and emphasising the fact that you don’t need to be with anyone to be happy, as I feel that is not talked about enough in pop.

Finally, I know you have a tour planned, which will hopefully go ahead, what’s the first thing you’ll do when you get on tour?

I’ve never done a headline live show so I’m so excited to finally play these songs live. Good question, I’m not sure – maybe it’s a super generic answer but I’ll probably get a drink.

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