Luseana Interview 

When did you decide that a career in music was for you?


Probably a few years ago but didn’t have the opportunity to pursue it. Luckily I am in a different life circumstance now where I can. So I really started going for it back in January 2020. 


Who are your musical inspirations and why?


My biggest inspirations are indie artists, such as MARINA (previously known as Marina and The Diamonds), Florence + The Machine, Grimes, Bat for Lashes then New Wave and Alternative Rock artists such as Blondie, The Smiths and Pulp. I don’t think I particularly sound like any of those artists, but all of them have influenced me in small ways. I also have been influenced by classical and symphonic music, especially by Bernstein and Debussy. 


Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?


Well my first instrument was violin, I originally wanted to be a violinist which is why I got into music. The second thing is after I started violin I got really into classical vocal music so that’s my background. I sang in choirs and at events doing that, I sang at the Royal Albert Hall once. But deep down I knew I wanted to write contemporary music, rock songs etc, so I taught myself a chordal instrument (which was ukulele at the time, my hands were too small for guitar) and away I went. 


What song of yours best describes you and why?


I always thought ‘How Will I Know?’ was the song that best described me. The drive, the ambition, the passion… that was something that just came overnight with me. It’s like the fight impulse just kicked in.


What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?


I’m not sure whether to only count Luseana stuff, because Luseana is quite new. But if I’m counting all performances, I did some really cool musicals which I really enjoyed. 


If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?


If festivals count, Glasto! Because wow… who doesn’t want to play/just go to Glasto, and also it’s just an electric atmosphere, from what I’ve heard. 


What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?


I’m not sure because I am grateful for all of them. But maybe getting 18k streams in 5 days on a collab I did. It’s called ‘Open Up Your Eyes’ and it’s on all streaming platforms/YouTube, if anyone wants to check it out.


Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?


I had a guy come up to me and ask if I was ‘into leather’… 


What do you like best about being a musician and why?


The self expression and the people you meet. I honestly have met some real characters. I think I’ve met much more weird people than most because of my job, at least I get that impression from others I’ve spoken to who have ’normal’ jobs. 


If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?


I never really had a backup plan, so that’s not something I’ve ever given any thought to. I feel like if you consider a backup plan you could be setting yourself up for failure.  


What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?


I absolutely loved seeing Devin Townsend perform Ocean Machine in full. Absolutely great album and his music is fantastic. So layered and he does loads of experimental things with his production and also with the way he writes - uses lots of weird modes and things. 


What would your ideal festival line up be and why?


The Smiths, Morrissey solo too, The Cure, Suede, Pulp, MARINA, Charli XCX, Grimes, Pixies, Rasputina, Emilie Autumn, The Stone Roses, New Order, Blondie. 


What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?


If you want something, go and get it.


What things make you happy and what things annoy you?


Happy - good food, good company, good people. Annoyed - bigotry, narcissists, small-mindedness. 


What things do you like to do when you are away from music?


Spend time with friends, travel, drink, have deep conversations, go foraging for blackberries. 


Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?


Absolutely - it’s a levelling ground. Suddenly it’s more in the hands of the artists. They control their image, at least it starts off that way.


How important do you think you look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?


Important - people want a visual product as well as auditory. 


Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?


I only have one and it’s Morrissey lyrics. They remind me to have patience and know that if I keep my eyes on something, I can get there.


If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?


Put things in place to curb pollution, global warming and the destruction of the earth. 


What would your ideal day consist of?


Good food, nice weather and walk in the mountains. Or a new city. Talks about music and ideas. Good company and some drinks. 


What has been your experience during the Covid 19 situations.Can you tell us how this has affected you personally,how it has affected you professionally and maybe a story from this time or a message for people out there?


It’s meant that I can’t perform in my functions band, which has been difficult. But it’s given me much more time to focus on Luseana. A message for people - keep the faith, don’t let the fear win. Look after yourselves. Meditate. 


If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?


I am honestly so flipping grateful to every last one of you… please reach out and say hi! I know some of you do but I would love to hear from more of you. 


How would you answer the question ..... Who is Luseana and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music?


Luseana is free, she is ethereal, she is a faerie. She is colour. I have synaesthesia so when I think of Luseana I see a lot of colour, purple, pink and blue especially. I am bringing 80s, 90s and 00s music back into the 2020s and I am melting together rock with classical to make a new, alternative, hybrid. Myself, I definitely don’t dress quite as weirdly, I am normally very casual, just jeans or leggings and baggy tops. The rest is similar. 


What was the first record or song you purchased and why?


Possibly Avril Lavigne. I guess because she was rock-y but also pop-y! Not much has changed!


What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?


Do it, but do your research and speak from your soul. 


If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?


Probably MARINA, she is so cool. Grimes would also be awesome to be honest. I like the fact they both do their own thing. 


If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?


Prelude de l'apres midi d'un faune by Debussy!


What things make you uncomfortable?


Racism, sexism, creepy people… 


If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?


Not sure… maybe one day we will see, teehee. 


What has the rest of the year got in store for you?


Namely, finding a band and doing more gigs. More releases, more videos, perhaps some merch such as CDs and T Shirts. Maybe some poetry even. I would love to do merch where it’s sort of like… a really 360 sort of thing. Put a CD in there with all the lyrics, a couple posters, a little thank you note and some poetry or prose. That would be very cool.