MEB Editor Maria Gironas had the sincere pleasure to interview country carling, Lucy Scholl, during her tour stop in LA. There is no question about Lucy’s talent and her ability to evoke strong emotions through the story telling of her lyrics, and she compliments that with a spirit full of life and humility. Take a read of her interview as we talk about her new music, the tour, and how she got started.
MG: Tell me a little bit about yourself, your start, and can you tell me your earliest musical memory of your life?
LS: (Laughs) So, the earliest musical memory was probably… oh! I was in the Sound of Music when I was young, 6 maybe? That’s the first time I really remember performing on a stage for somebody, but I mean I can’t remember a time I wasn’t singing around the house or for my family.
MG: What brought up your interest in instrumentation? Especially when most vocalists today try to just stick with singing.
LS: Before my 16th birthday I was dead set on musical theater, I really wanted to be a broadway star and I wanted my name in a marquee, but one day I realized I didn’t love it anymore, and it was hard to imagine me for the rest of my life on doing it, but I knew I had to do music. And so, by chance I got asked to write a song and (laughs) I kind of laughed at them thinking like, “There is no way I’m gonna write a song, I don’t even know how! You could write it and I could sing it for you! That would be great!” But, I ended up writing it, and since then, I’ve been writing and for my 16th birthday I asked for a guitar and my dad and I went and picked one out and then we stayed up until 2am that morning and he taught me my first 3 chords. Since then, I’ve been playing and writing and that is kind of how I started with playing guitar.
MG: What kind of guitar was it out of curiosity?
LS: It was a Seagull! Just like a really basic learning guitar Seagull, very inexpensive and then for graduation we got a new one.
MG: I know one thing for young artists is that it is kind of hard to juggle between school, friends, and then being an artist itself, how have you found time to kind of do that?
LS: So I kind of look back at the last couple of years when I really started to pursue a career in country music, and it has all happened so gradually for me that I made friends and they saw me beginning to write songs and stuff, and those friends have kind of just stuck with me. And there have been a couple times when I’ll meet somebody and they’ll be like, “Oh, you’re a musician? And you write songs? Let’s be friends, “ and those friends never really last. Because I’ve had really solid friends at the beginning of my career and they have kind of just kept with me. We are all still the same, and things are still normal, and I may have a show every weekend or every night, and we don’t get to see each other as much, but they still come and support.
MG: How has that correlated with your writing? Do you write about your life, other peoples lives?
LS: I write about everything. I am (Laughs) very known for taking something that isn’t a big deal and blowing it out of proportion in my mind and making it a big deal and writing about it. I wrote a song recently where I had gone on a first date with a guy and we just saw a movie and he took me home. It was so simple. He had told me he was moving to California and I was like, well I’m never going to see him again. So in my mind, I made up this entire story about how we fell in love, and then he had to leave, so I wrote a song about it, when really that didn’t happen, at all! But, I need like a physical person that I can imagine when I am writing a song and I can write about anything. I write about my roommates and their relationships, I write about my family, I write about myself so, I just draw inspiration from everywhere.
MG: Very cool! And your new EP, it is coming out today right? How does that feel?
LS: It is crazy! It is really weird, but I am excited. I am excited for it to be out there and for people to just be able to hear it and for me to be able to perform it and keep writing and I look forward to the next stuff. It is all just really exciting.
MG: And I know for the EP you got to work with Brandon Metcalfe, and I have heard his work through Secondhand Serenade and He Is We, so how did that pair up even happen?
LS: It is actually really really random. I was searching on instagram or facebook, something, and I saw that Carrie Underwood was going to be performing at the Grand Ol’ Opry. And I was like I have to go! I was in Texas and I literally wen tot my mom and was like, “Mom! Carrie Underwood is performing at the Grand Ol’ Opry, it is only a 10 hour drive, and if we leave tomorrow morning we can make it in time for the show and we gathered a couple friends and we went! It was so spontaneous! And the night before I had left I met a guy who had just been in Nashville recording with Brandon. He had heard me sing and suggested we meet up, so he texted Brandon, who then messaged me on Twitter saying, “Hey if you have time before the show, come into the studio.” So we went in, met him, then ended up working together! It was so random, but really cool, and now we are like best friends, I text him all the time.
MG: During the recording process, did you have material coming in or did you and Brandon write together?
LS: When we first met a couple summers ago, I sang to him some of my stuff. He said the songs were great, let’s record. My parents and I still kind of felt like their was more, like I had more songs inside of me, so let’s wait for a summer and see if you are ready with better songs. A couple songs I had then came with me, but a wrote a bunch of new ones too for the EP. And I went in the studio with all my own songs, but I am looking forward to going back to Nashville because Brandon and I have talked about co-writing.
MG: So there is an album in the works?
LS: There could be! I am always writing for the future and right now I feel like I am trying to develop a bigger sound. This EP I wrote in my early stages, so it is very acoustic sounding. So I am really working on a rocking jam to up my energy level with my collection of songs. So I feel like there is always going to be an album in the works for me.
MG: Couple final questions, what are some of your favorite tracks off the EP?
LS: I really love “Feel Alright”, because it was kind of the first song I wrote with this EP in mind, so it kind of determined what I wanted the EP to feel like. So I really love that one. It also only took me like 20 minutes to write, and when I was done I was like, “I love this!” (Laughs). And I kept listing back and being like, “I really like this song, this is a good song, I’m so proud of this song.” (Laughs). And I am also really proud of “Blue Eyes”. I write that song, let’s see….like four years ago? Literally the second song I ever wrote. I was just experimenting and I was researching other peoples songs, and I never really learned how to write a song so I kind of just looked at how others were writing. And it doesn’t sound like it did back then, I have changed melodies and chords, but I love that process and where it came from and now its here and it has just been one of those songs that has been here since the beginning and so I’m really proud of this one and glad it got to be in the EP.
MG: If you could write with anyone, or have a duet with someone, who would it be?
LS: Okay, so if I could perform with anyone… I’d have to be better than I am now… (laughs), but I would love to perform with Carrie Underwood. I LOVE her, I just love her so much. But if I could write with anyone, it would probably be Luke Laerd, I’m a huge fan of his.
MG: Final words for your fans?
LS: Thanks for buying the singles and coming to shows! Be sure to buy the EP and let me know what you think.