Get To Know: Grace Lightman
When the beguiling music of Grace Lightman first made it to our ears only a couple of months ago, we knew we'd stumbled across something special - it inspired us to describe her sound as that of the love child of Nancy Sinatra and Angelo Badalamenti and we're sticking with it. We caught up with Grace to talk collaboration, music videos, and ABBA.
Hi Grace! What do you do, and where do you come from?
Hey there. I make music and I am from London.
You were in a psych-rock band before going it alone. How much does your previous musical incarnation bleed into your new one?
I previously fronted the band that introduced me to my producer Ben Baptie, which is the main connection and I couldn’t be more grateful for that. Musically, I am definitely influenced by the past but I think I was always aching to combine it with something more futuristic which is how I got to this point.
When you’re making music do you prefer to collaborate, or to baton down the hatches and work alone?
I am a big fan of collaboration. If I am proud of an idea or concept already and I meet someone who is creating something that inspires me, I’m just like; think of what we could achieve if we joined forces... There is a sense of solidarity in working with someone and those moments where you are on a shared wavelength are addictive.
What influences you most: people, places, or things?
All of the above. Plus fictional or factual characters from past or present, films, atmospheres, sounds, images.
We’re heavily into the ‘Fangs’ video. Can you tell us about how the concept was conceived, and how it was brought to life?
I work with my brother Alex to develop video ideas based on something visual I would have cultivated as I am writing the song. The video for ‘Fangs’ was an idea we created within the world of my alien alter ego; the Silver Eater. She is essentially totally harmless, but in ‘Fangs’ her naive exploration of what it means to be human reveals some of the darker sides to that. We wanted to use a simple visual idea, e.g. the camera rotating to represent how easy it is to get stuck in a vicious cycle of a relationship. We also love anything slightly surreal offset against the mundane, hence setting it in my plastic covered living room.
How important to you is the connection between audio and visual art?
In my creative process, if I can’t visualise some sort of imagery whilst writing then the idea is not ready.
We can’t wait to hear an album. Do tell us, is there one in the works?
Oh yea, there’s definitely something happening.
Song to get your heart pumping?
Abba ‘Lay All Your Love On Me’
Song for the apocalypse?
Abba ‘Dancing Queen’
Live gig or listening party for one?
90s or 00s?
Cats or dogs?
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