Combining house with acoustic, Lily Mckenzie's unique sound marks her as an artist to keep an eye on. She sat down with us to answer a few questions and give you an idea of what to expect from her first EP...
What's your earliest musical memory?
Writing songs and poetry as a child on the piano - I was about eight or nine.
If you could hold a recording session with any five artists, who would you choose?
Bon Iver, J Cole, Joni Mitchell, DJ Khaleed, Mark Ronson.
You want to describe your music to a stranger on the street, who do you compare yourself to?
That's a really hard one, I take inspiration from day to day life and write what comes from me. I think its hard as an artist to pigeonhole yourself, but if I had to choose someone, my style is alternative and acoustic, but a lot of people say my voice sounds like Nelly Furtado / Sia!
You are going to live on a desert island for a year, which three albums do you take with you?
Bon Iver (self-titled), a garage compilation of some sort (always puts me in a good mood), Kings Of Leon - Come Around Sundown.
Everyone has a defining music moment, one that lives on in the memory, what is yours?
When I was 17 I was asked to sing one of my songs (with a group of other singer/songwriters) at Pineapple Studios in front of Ne-Yo. He really liked the song and chose me as the winner! That gave me a lot of confidence and made me feel like what I was doing was worth something and appreciated, it was definitely a defining music moment.
What is the best gig you've ever been to and why?
There's been so many great gigs! I'd say The Noisettes at the Electric Ballroom were amazing - the lead singer's energy is out of this world and I'm a fan of their music so its always good to hear tracks you listen to live.
Plus smaller venue gigs are so much more personal and intimate, and always full of good vibes!
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Gigging more and with a strong following of supporters who allow to release, perform and earn a secure living from my own music. I'd also like to be writing for other successful artists and their projects.
If we were to look at your MP3 player, what is the most embarrassing track or album that we'd find?
Backstreet Boys - 'I Want It That Way'
How would you sell your new EP, Breathe, to us?
Its an honest EP, made by musicians who really love what they do and have put their all into the project. Its got soul, and openly discusses heartbreak, love and passion for music.
What's next for Lily Mckenzie?
After releasing my first EP, I will carry on making and writing the music I love, in the format of another EP or an album. I want to write a lot more for other artists and keep on gigging as I love the energy I get from performing!
You can pre-order Breathe on iTunes