The British Vocalist, Laura Welsh, Discusses New Music and Reveals What It’s Like to Be Compared to Florence Welch!
Posted On 10 Oct 2014
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You may have heard of the British singer-songwriter, Laura Welsh, from the alternative band Gorgon City’s breezy single, “Here For You”.
Well, her four-track, self-titled EP arrived this summer and contains songs like “The Hardest Part,” which Welsh wrote with John Legend, and her new single “Break The Fall”. Look for a full album out next year.
Until then, learn more about this talented vocalist in the following interview:
Take me on the journey of your career thus far? What has gotten you to this point?
I decided to take a year out and step back from everything after being in a band for a few years. During this time I started to write just for myself and found a small group of people in London that I worked with on demos and stuff. It was during this time that I wrote a couple of key songs for this album and knew the direction I wanted to take.
I needed that space to find what I wanted to musically without any compromise. I started to put these songs out on my Tumblr with short film clips and then everything just built from there. I’ve been writing and working on the album ever since with some incredible people so I’m just looking forward to getting the music out there and playing the songs live now.
On July 22nd, your song “Break The Fall” became the iTunes single of the week. I even just got it there! How fun is that?
Yeah, was amazing to have single of the week on iTunes! Really cool to get the response it got.
A lot of reviewers have been comparing you the incredible Florence Welch from Florence and The Machine. What do you think of that comparison and do you agree with it?
I think you’re always going to get comparisons as a new artist, people say different ones all the time so I tend to not think about it too much. I do think she’s an incredible artist though so it’s flattering.
What do you think sets you apart from other musicians?
Writing and making music is a personal experience for me. I can’t speak for others but I find I can best express feelings and emotions through the songs I write. I made the album I wanted to make without any compromise which is the most important thing.
What music are you listening to now? Any new artists out there that you are loving?
I really love Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Ben Khan, Raleigh Ritchie, King Avriel & Jungle at the moment.
Do you ever get a chance to listen to the radio? What song can’t you get out of your head at the moment?
Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” gets stuck in my head every time I hear it & Alt J’s “Hunger Of The Pine” is one that I love when I hear it being played.
Where do you get the inspiration for your music?
I write from personal experience in an emotional reactive way. Certain situations and people who are close to me have inspired some of the songs on the album. Songwriting is still a mystery to me, I can’t really explain where it all comes from. I’m not very good at pouring out how I’m feeling in conversations with people so writing is something that allows me to get those emotions out. I’m fascinated by human relationships, the one we have with ourselves and other people.
You seem to have a great sense of individual style. Where’s the inspiration for your fashion sense come from?
I always wear what I feel comfortable in, that goes for stage as well. I love Francoise Hardy, her style is effortless and chic. I think it’s important to dress individually and go with your own taste and not worry about what people think.
Living or dead, who is a musician that you would love to work with? And why?
Prince & D’Angelo. I just love everything they do! They are the most incredible musicians.
When you aren’t performing or writing new material, what do you like to do for fun?
I love film photography. I’ve got a Canon AE1 so I love to shoot on that whenever I get chance. It’s just a hobby and helps me escape for a while.
Is there anything in particular that you’d like people to take away from listening to your music?
Everyone interprets music in their own way. My album was written from personal experience so I hope people can take the songs and feed their own experiences through them. That’s what music is for. ( That’s the way I listen and connect to music, it’s a feeling you can’t describe.) ?