In conversation with Lucy Whittaker

Lucy’s debut EP Only One has recently been released and she is understandably very excited! After a crazy busy 2 months finishing recording music, making music videos and performing at a number of Pride events, Lucy is currently taking a well-earned break but still managed to call for a quick chat.

One thing that was clear from our conversation was the maturity and sense of duty she held for being an openly gay young woman in music, or as she brilliantly put it a “gay Girl that Gigs!”. She told me about how a previous manager had not allowed her to release a music video for her debut single because it featured gay and lesbian couples. Lucy said this fired her up and encouraged her to get a new manager, release the video anyway and be loud and proud about who she is. She also pointed out that in the “mainstream pop” genre that she is a part of, there are not a lot of openly gay women. “In terms of gay girls, no one has really come forward. It’s kind of interesting, like, is that a decision you’ve made or is that a decision your manager has made? I’m really curious as to why there’s no mainstream gay pop females”. However, she does note that this is progressing and says, “it’s great for people to keep coming forward and be honest about who they are”. This ethos is matched with her recent performances at various pride events including Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds. She described playing on the big stage across Briggate at Leeds Pride as “one of my highlights so far”.

Lucy moved to Leeds 3 years ago to attend Leeds College of Music, a place that she could not speak more highly of, describing how the “amazing facilities and awesome tutors” helped her make contacts within the industry and support her to try different genres to find “her sound”. Now all the hard work seems to be paying off. BBC Introducing picked her for track of the week earlier this year with her single ‘I’m Not Ever Coming Back Again’ being played everyday on BBC Radio 1. Lucy described BBC Introducing as her “mini cheerleaders” and was keen to acknowledge how much she appreciated all the support they have given to her previous releases. Hopefully this will continue with her new stuff too. I had the chance to listen to the 4-track EP Only One ahead of our interview, and my favourite song had to be ‘Alone’, which is a lot slower than the other tracks and tells the story of a seemingly reluctant and painful end of a relationship. When I asked Lucy about this song, she recalls writing it after being through a break up and not feeling very present when out with her friends. She explained, “I felt like I was in a film, everything was going on around me but I wasn’t with it. I remember leaving the pub and my mates were like ‘Are you okay?’ I went to college, sat down at this piano and cried and wrote this song in like half an hour”. The other tracks cover topics such as working hard to pursue your dream and falling in love. Lucy describes how the EP reflects things she has experienced in the last year or so and how she hopes being honest about her feelings will allow listeners to see those situations through her eyes. Being genuine and open about who she is seemed to be a theme that ran through our discussion and is clearly something very important to her.

It looks as though the next few months will be equally as busy for Lucy; aside from the release of  Only One, she is currently working on new music to be released in February and is about to start shooting some music videos. I asked about plans for a tour but she wasn’t able to confirm anything as of yet, but she does “have some gigs in the pipeline” and soon you will be able to buy Lucy Whittaker t-shirts!

You can stay up to date with what Lucy is doing on Twitter by following @LucyWhittakerUK

Listen to the Only One EP on Spotify now

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