After gaining some serious acclaim from Earmilk, Tom Robinson, Louder Than War on his debut single Tennessee, LAPP is back with stunning alt R&B single ‘Sunny’.
Welcome LAPP, thanks for taking the time to talk with GIGsoup. So, 5 questions, 5 mins – here goes…
You’re playing The Slaughtered Lamb on 25th April – what’s your favourite part about the London live music scene?
My favourite part of the London music scene is the infinite amount of small intimate venues which host endless new music from upcoming artists. London has such a big music scene, you can often stumble into a great venue you’ve never heard of before but has been there before you were even born. London venues have always been a marking point for loads of great artists on their journeys.
If someone walked into a gig of yours without knowing anything about you, what could they expect from the show?
I think they would hopefully experience a raw and intense show. I always try to tell stories with my music, so the gigs are as lyrically focused as they are melodic. I like to vary the tone of the gig a lot, one minute I could be playing a chilled R&B groove and the next moment I could be singing an uplifting folk number. I tend to incorporate at lot of different styles of music in my set so people can expect the vibe of the night to vary constantly. I think it’s really important to vary the dynamics of a show, the only thing I try and keep consistent is the intensity throughout. Like any great gig I’ve been to, I try to create something that carries outside of the music even after the show.
What’s the most memorable gig experience you’ve had, as a fan and as a performer?
There are really too many gigs to just isolate one particular moment but one off the top of my head was playing at The Half Moon in Putney. I’d seen a few gigs down there as a kid including Badly Drawn Boy so to play there was amazing. Also selling out the Dublin Castle a few years ago around Christmas time was another highlight. As a fan, seeing Van Morrison play Astral Weeks live at the Royal Albert Hall in its entirety is probably the gig that is most memorable for me.
Is there a specific artist or live performance that made you want to perform too?
I chose to do music as a career quite late, around 17 or 18. Music had always been a massive part of life but never something that I thought I would be trying to make a career out of. The gig that affirmed music was for me was watching The Gaslight Anthem at Shepard’s Bush. I remember thinking there was nothing else I wanted to do more than to be in a band. They were touring their second album The ’59 Sound and they had these pocket sized semi-punk tunes that just blew me away. Music had been slowly coming to the forefront of what I wanted to do in life and that gig confirmed it was the only choice I could make.
If you could tour with one artist, who would it be?
At the moment I would love to tour with D’Angelo. His music is so free so it would be great to see how he works with the band in the flesh. He blends modern production with phenomenal instrumental talent.
The ‘Farfalla’ EP will be released in April, and you can catch LAPP for the launch party at The Slaughtered Lamb in London on the 25th April.