Five minutes with Lucy Whittaker: ‘It feels very empowering to be honest and upfront through my music’

WMN had a quick chat with Lucy Whittaker about her latest single Curious.

Hi Lucy! We love your new single, Curious, what’s the story behind the song?

Hey guys, thanks so much, I’m glad you love the song. To put it bluntly, the track is about stealing a girl off a boy – I’ll let you imagine how it all went down!

Is it important to you to talk about LGBTQ+ themes and issues in your music?

So important. I struggled so much with accepting my sexuality when I was growing up and didn’t feel like I had any LGBT role models (specifically girls) to look up to, so I want to become one for other girls in a similar situation. Curious is the first song where I use pronouns, and it feels very empowering to be honest and upfront through my music. I get quite a few messages from people on social media commenting on how they love that I’m an outspoken activist for the LGBT community, and it’s so nice to know that I can stand up for my community and make even a little bit of a difference.

How did you get into making music?

I was in IKEA with my mum when I was five, and for some reason they were selling acoustic guitars. I begged my mum to buy me one, promised to practise, and that was it. I was pretty much hooked from that point. I wrote my first song when I was 12, realised that this was what I wanted to do, and that’s how I’ve ended up here.

Have you faced any challenges as a female musician in the industry?

I think the recurring challenge that most women in music face is not being taken seriously, and having your decisions questioned by guys. I’m really lucky to have an amazingly supportive group of people who I work with (boys and girls), and we’re a really close-knit team, so I don’t really feel like I have to deal with much crap from people in the industry. I try not to dwell on these things too much, and just focus on making music and playing shows.

You’ve supported big names including Clean Bandit, Craig David, Scott Mills and Anne Marie. What’s been your favourite experience as a performing artist to date?

Probably when I supported Craig David last Christmas. The event sold out and there were 15,000 people there. The atmosphere was like nothing I’ve ever experienced and to get up there and do my thing was the most amazing feeling.

What was it like performing at the Pride events this year?

Pride is the best! The crowd is always so fun and the atmosphere so positive. Everyone’s there to have a good time and celebrate who they are, and it’s a really liberating feeling. The fight for equality is so important, and to be able to stand with my community in solidarity is always emotional for me.

What are your plans for the next few months?

Next up is to release the video and acoustic version of Curious – I love the acoustic version, and the video is so weird so I can’t wait to hear what people think of it. There’s new music ready to be released in the New Year, and then my UK and international tour dates kick off (I’ve never done anything on this scale so my band and I are already so pumped). 2019 is going to be a good year!

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