Introducing Lucas & King
Hello Hayleigh, Bo, really simple one to start, what have you been up to today?
Hi! We both went for a walk, practiced our set list, did some painting and generally tried to organise our lives a bit!
So, introduce yourself to our lovely readers.
Hey there, we are a band of two who co-write all original material.
You guys met at uni, what were you guys studying in Brighton?
We were studying music performance, though when we started playing music together that became more of the focus than our course.
Tell us about your debut album, Lucas & King.
Well firstly it’s all original material written by the both of us, we played all the parts and produced it ourselves with the addition of John Metcaffe who’s a brilliant engineer and who also lent his drumming skills to some of the tracks.
We wanted the album to demonstrate not only where we are but where we are heading. We wanted it to be atmospheric and to capture the slightly darker notes of our music. We're glad that listeners and reviewers alike have picked up on the noir influence.
I’ve always wondered why some albums are self-titled, so, how come you called the album Lucas & King?
Well, I guess because it’s our first album and our first proper release and we saw it as an introduction to our sound, and so it made sense to self-title the album.
Has winning the Fender Unsigned Artist award changed anything for you?
It has and it hasn’t, the award certainly validates us to an extent, I think we have definitely earnt some more recognition in the industry but in terms of changing our reach to audiences that is still very much down to us and the work we put it.
What does songwriting look like for you?
Bo - There’s no set way, sometimes it feels like the songs write themselves, we often have separate ideas that get brought together. Hayleigh creates all of the musical interest so even if I have written a whole song the parts that get added after by Hayleigh just make the song ☺ . Alternatively we write together on the spot or Hayleigh has a complete song that I then write parts over.
What song of yours is the one you really want people to hear, and why?
Hayleigh – One called ‘Truly Not Yours’ it’s not on the album but on our EP, I’d like to rerecord it at some point. We normally play that last at a gig and to me is the song I enjoy playing the most and my favourite of Bo’s lyrics.
Bo- ‘Nothing On You’ it was recorded in one take and it was barely finished when we went in to the studio, but it just has an atmosphere to it that for me sums up our sound.
What’s coming up for you in 2019?
Hayleigh – World Domination.
Bo- Ha yes! That’s the aim, so touring, travelling, writing and generally working as hard as possible.
You’ve just put out a live video for ‘Brunswick Place’, do you feel live is where you guys are best?
Hayleigh: Definitely, it’s the only part of playing music that makes sense to me!
Bo: Yes, I think the audience is so much a part of music and playing live is where the real magic is, every time you play live that moment is never repeated and it can feel for me the only time that I am completely in the present.
Obviously there’s a lot of talk about equality in general at the moment, what’s your experience of being treated differently as a woman in your industry?
Hayleigh: It’s a tricky thing to explain but it’s been obvious to us that we’ve been treated differently at times because we’re women but maybe not to people on the outside, it’s generally in the way people speak to you, it can be quite condescending and has at times bordered on inappropriate but there are many more great people we’ve encountered to be honest. It’s always been a male-dominated industry but there are more women coming through and doing great stuff, Head of AMA UK Stevie Freeman, Immy and Risa at The Green Note, Lizzie Evans (PR), and we’ve recently signed to an agency that has some amazing artists like Amathyst Kiah and Meaghan Blanchard.
Your PR mentions that you toured with Ray Davies a few years ago, what was that like? And what was he like?
Hayleigh: Pretty Surreal, but amazing, he was lovely.
Bo: It’s something that will always be for me one of the best things I have ever done, it was pretty out of the blue and Ray Davies is one of my absolute heroes, and he was awesome.
When was the last time you were starstruck?
Bo: Ray Davies.
Hayleigh: Haven’t yet experienced being Starstruck.
What was your favourite album of 2018 and why?
Hayleigh: Ben Howard, Noonday Dream, hard to pinpoint why you like music, I just enjoy that album as a whole.
Bo: That’s a tricky one I'm not sure what's come out this year, I live in the past a bit when it comes to music, new for me is the 90’s! But a current artist I love is Lana del Rey.
If you could recommend one artist to hear this week, who would it be?
Hayleigh: Lucas & King
Bo: John Murry
What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
Hayleigh: What’s the meaning of life?
Finally, how do you take your coffee?
Bo: Black and very strong.
Hayleigh: Black, and weaker than Bo as she only drinks coffee that resembles motor oil.
To find out more about Lucas & King you can visit their website, or check them out on Twitter and Facebook. The duo are heading out on a huge UK tour in March and April, all dates are on their website.