Laoise – Exclusive GIGsoup Interview

Laoise is from Galway and grew up surrounded by traditional Irish music. This multi talented artist records, produces and releases her music independently and has developed her own  enjoyable brand of bold, glittering, gutsy Irish-born pop music.

Welcome Laoise. We are glad to chat with you today So, how has your day been so far?

Hello! Thank you for having me. My day has been lovely – I just had my coffee on the beach, I’m in the studio now and Bake Off is on . It’s a good day.

You must be very excited about the release of your new single. Tell us the inspiration behind ‘Healthy’?

I am! ‘Healthy’ was a really fun song to write. When we were in our first lockdown, Seán Behan who I write and record with all the time had a simple synth, bass and drum loop that brought melodies out of me the second I heard it.

At the time, I had been going to therapy for almost five months, and it became such a powerful place to express myself with no filter, no overthinking, no consequences – and that started the idea behind ‘Healthy’: that it’s so important to find that type of liberating space to express oneself, even if it is in a romantic relationship like in ‘Healthy’. Of course, songwriting is similar in that I can be intimate and relieving or even brash, so pairing the two was so cathartic.

Essentially, ‘Healthy’ is a message to myself to remember that not everything has to be so serious, and my own version of healing or being ‘healthy’ isn’t just eating fruit and drinking water, it’s allowing myself the space to listen to myself completely.

How would you describe your approach songwriting?

It’s a little all over the place – sometimes I’ll have a melody idea come to me and I run either to the studio or my voicenotes to get it down. Other times I’ll feel there’s something I need to say and I’ll start recording an idea on my laptop, working the production around it to create a world for that idea to live.

I also have a Patreon where I share unreleased demos and ideas with my lovely patrons. It’s really fun letting fans in on the process of writing, recording and producing all my music, as I do that independently, so it’s nice to have opinions come straight from the people who show so much support and love for my music.

Five things that boost your health and happiness might include

1 – the first sip of tea after dinner

2 – knowing that not everything is concrete, and being open to change saves you from a lot of undesired pain

3 – writing a song and wondering how soon I can share it with the world because I love it so much

4 – being honest with yourself and leaving shame out of it

5 – chocolate

What do you remember about the first gig you ever went to and who was it you went to see?

The first big gig I went to was Taylor Swift in the 3 Arena in Dublin back in 2010. I was way back in block M – the nosebleeds – and I didn’t even care. Taylor is one of the big reasons I picked up a guitar and started writing myself – I was enthralled with the way she could magnify a somewhat simple, even mundane event, and paint it as such a remarkable feeling that I felt validated in seeing the world so propitiously. It’s nice to imagine 14-year-old me in that seat so excited, as it reminds me of why I do this.

If your life was a Queen song, which one would it be and why?

Oh so hard to choose – I’d probably say ‘Killer Queen’, because the song is a play on your expectation, particularly on certain stereotypes. I grew up with so many movies, TV shows, albums, documentaries and so on, that it was hard for me to see myself fully in anything of it. But I think that’s a good thing now, because not everyone is the same, and people often surprise you – whether it’s a good or bad surprise is up to you.

Quick Fire Questions

Gentleness or goodness – Goodness

Orchard or Ocean – Ocean

Melody or Harmony – Harmony

Soup or salad – Soup

The Corrs or The Cranberries – I can’t choose!!

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