Audio graduate to play at Bluesfest 2017
30 Mar 2017
Audio graduate to play at Bluesfest 2017
30 Mar 2017
Lucy Gallant is a talented singer, songwriter, musician and producer, who is also a Bachelor of Audio graduate from SAE Byron Bay. While the gifted musician plays guitar, drums, ukulele, melodica and the cajon, it's her distinctive vocals that's her true instrument.
With a heritage as eclectic as her music, the British-born musician is part Burmese, Russian, Irish and Australian. This multicultural background comes through in Lucy's music that's renowned for its genre-blended songs, that can only be described as part folk, part neo soul, with a touch of reggae fusion, all wrapped up with a distinctive bohemian flair.
As a seasoned professional Lucy has toured solo, and with her band Free Like Me around Australia, the US, South America, the UK, and all over Europe, playing anything from intimate venues to the bigger stages at world renowned festivals.
In breaking news…
Lucy is soon to release a new single and music video called Freaky. The fresh and feisty single sees Lucy collaborating with Free Like Me guitarist Daniel Urbina, reggae-rapper Lennox Dread and a team of legendary Byron Bay musicians. Filmed in Barcelona, the fun-fused music video and single will drop the same day Lucy plays at Australia's largest Blues & Roots Festival, Bluesfest, where she'll be blazing the stage alongside festival headliners; Nas, Kasey Chambers, Bonnie Raitt, Santana, and Mary J Blige.
We've been granted a special 'sneak peak' of the video clip to Freaky - watch here.
The impressive bohemian powerhouse is also scheduled to perform at Glastonbury Festival later this year...for the second time!
With over a thousand songs under her belt and a loyal and ever growing global following, we speak to Lucy ahead of her performance at Bluesfest to find out what she loved the most about studying at SAE Byron Bay.
What inspired you to enter into music?
The first time I knew I wanted to be a singer/songwriter was at a festival in Tasmania. I was 15 years old and sitting around a campfire. There was a girl playing a guitar and singing a song she had written. It was so beautiful that it made me want to do the same, so the next day I gathered all the money I had and brought the cheapest guitar I could find and started teaching myself how to play and write songs.
What are your fondest memories of your time at SAE?
I loved all the great friends I made and the inspiration that came from being around so many other musicians and producers! I really enjoyed doing the live Electronic Music showcase in front of the class with my classmate Carlos Rothberg, aka EarthLab. We came up with an amazing song together - it taught me a lot about teamwork and deadlines.
What did you love most about studying at SAE?
I always enjoyed James Lyle's classes, learning all about Ableton Live sampling and synthesis. I also loved having access to the studios. The Midi Suite was my favourite as it has lots of great instruments in there, like the Ableton Push 2 and lots of fun plug-ins. I'm sure I was in the studio more than any other student, I practically lived there, I was a total addict! I also loved all the people that worked in the subs office, especially Patty Preece, she's a great teacher! I also enjoyed our music industry classes with Cheynne Murphy, I learned a lot of things I didn’t know about the music business of copyright laws, royalties and tour planning.
Can you shed some light on how studying at SAE lead you to where you are now?
I feel so much more confident in the studio now and I have more freedom to create beats and use samples than I did before SAE. I'm currently recording my next album in my home studio, it will be an electronic, trip hop, acoustic fusion. I purchased an Ableton Push 2 so that when I have finish my album I can play it live.
What have been your career highlights?
There are so many! Playing my first Glastonbury Festival. Winning the 'Blues Over Byron' busking competition one year and coming second place another year. Performing at Bluesfest. Touring and performing all over the world. Making music videos with really talented people. The list goes on…
I have just returned from filming a new video in LA called Sunshine. The director and producer of the video was Robert Reed Altman who is the son of the legendary Oscar winning Hollywood Director Robert Altman. He is a talent within himself being the director of the hit TV show Bones and Lost. I'm really lucky because the editor from Bones is also editing my video! I’m excited to soon be sharing it with the world.
What do you enjoy most about working in your industry?
Being creative, producing, travelling, performing and expressing myself through my art.
What projects/upcoming gigs are you working on at the moment?
I'm about to release my next single and music video, Freaky. It’s a collaboration between the band Free Like Me and performer, Lennox Dread. The video was filmed in Barcelona, and it was just as much fun to make as it is to watch! The new single and video will be dropping the same day I take stage at Bluesfest – Thursday 13 April. I will also be touring Europe later this year, kicking off at the biggest festival in the world, Glastonbury! I'm so excited to be playing there again, the first time was in 2015 and I had such a blast!
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What advice would you give to students aspiring to become successful their field?
Work hard, be obsessed with what you do, make it your life commitment, and don't procrastinate if you want to make it in the industry. It’s not easy, you have to be a lot of things until you find a team of people to work with you. You have to be your own manager, promoter, social media manager, booking agent, radio pusher etc. But it is so worth it!!
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