ARTIST NAME: Louisa Maria

 

SONG TITLE: One Lump of Sugar

 

GENRE: Pop-Electronic

 

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Best known for her role as a lead vocalist and guitarist in a top power rock trio, Tequila Mockingbird, Louisa Maria hails from one of the UK’s music & arts hubs, Bristol, and has now stepped into her own solo career.

 

Louisa has attracted an incredibly loyal fan base by launching her original material which has gained a large national and international reach through her previous successes including airplay on Planet Rock.

 

Louisa uses a loop station, guitar, and keys, resembling artists such as Billie Eilish, Ed Sheeran, and Melanie Martinez and has supported the likes of Razorlight, The Hoosiers & John Adams.

 

One Lump of Sugar‘ portrays an abstract view on life. It aims to provide the listener with a sense of inner power.

 

Speaking of the single Louisa says:

I want it to motivate people into pursuing something that they want to do but might not feel comfortable doing in real life. Sit back and get lost in the music while creating your own fantasy world. It could be about absolutely anything you want with any outcome you desire.

 

During her tour of Belfast & Dublin, Louisa performed the new single on ‘The Big Show’, Belfast with Robyn Elliott, and at ‘The International Bar’, Dublin.

 

‘One Lump of Sugar’ is the first single out of two (Bang Bang Drop) that will then be followed by an EP ‘Tea for Two’ which is due for release at the beginning of July.

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State your reason for choosing music as a career.

There are several aspects I love about music and that is the reason why I have chosen it as my career. I sing, play piano, guitar and have always enjoyed performing.

 

I soak up the emotions of people around me and portray them in my songwriting.

 

I am a free spirit and very creative so a 9-5 job would not work for me at all. This, of course, has its good and bad points. I can, at times, feel very isolated from society. During this current COVID-19 2020 lockdown my songwriting has reflected this aspect. In normal times I thoroughly enjoy the warmth and interaction of the live audience.

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Tell us how you write lyrics.

Lyrics and pictures usually flood my mind at random times, I could be out running/training or driving and ideas pop up with catchy hooks. I usually have to stop and make a voice memo as I always worry, I’ll forget them if I don’t record them immediately.

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

Outside of music I love a lot of girly type things such as makeup, fashion, and glamour.

 

I am also an intermediate level Spanish speaker. I attended a Spanish School in Alicante, Southern Spain for a 2-month period in 2018. I loved it so much that it has become a place I visit 6+ times a year. I have friends living there and when I go to visit together, we improve each other’s understanding of the language. It has become a holiday destination that I very much enjoy visiting with my friends from around the globe.

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Discuss your music career.

I’ve been a professional musician since I left University. I used to perform on the covers circuit with a function band ‘Angel Up Front.’ I also performed on the cover circuit as a solo act ‘Louisa Baker.’

 

Shortly after this I had my very own Bristol all-girl rock band ‘Flowerpot’ which I fronted and toured around the UK. A little while late I moved to London where I worked as an Intern for a booking agency ‘Milk and Two Sugars.’ I would look into the world of older bands on tours and got some great insights into how a “Booker” works. Shortly after my internship ended, I turned to busking on Trafalgar and Leicester Square where I really learned how to catch people’s attention.

 

After a six-month period of living in London the opportunity to join an Australian all-girl rock trio as their lead singer/guitarist was put to me. It seemed to me that it had emerged out of nowhere! I joined this band and that meant leaving London to tour with them. We released three of my songs as singles including ‘Tell Me’, Fire & ‘Pretty Picture’ which scored airplay on Planet Rock Radio throughout 2018.

 

I’ve performed at the 02 Arena supporting ‘Richie Blackmore’ as part of the Stone Free Festival, played alongside ‘The Hoosiers’, ‘SlipKnot’ as well as headlined numerous tours throughout Europe and Spain and Germany.

 

Since I began my own solo path, I’ve supported the likes of ‘Razorlight’ and John Adams as well as toured the UK three times including an acoustic solo tour of Belfast (Where I appeared on local TV) and Dublin.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name.

Louisa Maria Baker is my real name and I’ve adapted it by simply dropping my surname… hence Louisa Maria… I feel this name is more appealing to those in Europe and particularly Spain/ South America where it is my dream to go on a full-blown tour with my band together with dancers.

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List your five favourite music videos with reasons.

The Jonas Brothers ‘Sucker’ – Alice in Wonderland style – Gave me an idea for my current release. I love the imaginative costumes and setting in which they choose to film in.

 

“Ava Max” – “Sweet but Pyscho’ – Awesome storytelling music video! I love the scene where she is pretending to be some weirdo cutting her hair off!

 

“Rooster” – ‘Come Get Some’ – Iconic video to me as I grew up hearing this track. I loved the teenage appeal and how the boy band was so smooth and so good-looking!

 

‘Nirvana’ – Smells like teen spirit’ – So influential for me as I loved Nirvana and would always try to play certain songs as a teenager. The video and song ended up being part of my finals in Uni as I used it as an example to write about ‘Commodity’ in the industry. This was for a BIMM Analytical Perspective unit.

 

‘Letters to Cleo’ – I Want You to Want Me’ – In the film ‘5 Things I hate about You’ featuring Heath Ledger. The music video was the film practically and the band and the film sold themselves as a package for me. I fell in love with the idea and concept of being a rock chic that the singer ‘Kay Hanley’ pulled off so well!

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

Funnily enough, looking back on the last music video from the band ‘Letters to Cleo’- I always wanted to have a voice as soft but as strong as ‘Kay Hanley’. It’s the perfect blend of a pop-rock chic with an awesome flair for fashion!

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Tell us your experience of dealing with fans.

I gained a lot of followers online who started supporting me when I joined Tequila Mockingbird and have continued throughout my solo journey so far. It’s been such a fantastic experience for me, and I really enjoy keeping in touch and writing to people.

 

I’ve only ever had a couple of strange experiences where fans might try to hang around a bit too much! It can be awkward when a conversation has ended yet I tend to allow for a bit of overflow conversation.

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Elaborate on the recording of this song.

The song has undertaken a lot of production under my instructions. I attended the mixing session with the studio engineer ‘Andrea Succi’ of Puzzle Maker Studios and requested certain effects and changes in tempo to be added to the track. I feel there is now a “fantasy world sound” that I very much wanted to create.

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Tell us about your future projects.

I have a full EP that has been recorded, mixed, and is waiting to be mastered right now. Some great publishing opportunities have also begun to come my way and so I am holding my breath to see what I will do next! I imagine I’ll be conducting my music videos for a few tracks off the EP, especially the next Single ‘Bang Bang Drop.’

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List the names of those that have supported you so far.

I have some amazing supporters out there:

 

Andy Lynn – not only supporting me via my patron channel but has continually ordered merchandise, exclusives, and even lent me a guitar + attending all live shows!

 

David Abraham – Another great supporter on my patron channel who also continually orders my music and merchandise and attends shows.

 

Ken Gamston – Another great supporter on my patron channel who also put me forward for gigs including John Adam’s support slot I mentioned before.

 

Jonathan Peter Baker – Another great supporter who continually shares my posts online and, in his Facebook, ‘Appreciation Music Group’ – orders all merchandise and attends all shows.

 

Fin McNicol – Another great supporter on my patron channel who continually orders merchandise and shares my posts.

 

Daniel Bright – Another great supporter on my patron channel who also orders merchandise and music etc.

 

Saz Moulson – Always plays my tracks on her radio station!

 

Heidi Kerr – Supports me through my solo journey since Tequila along with Terry Chapman – My previous manager who was always performing to her highest at Rock People Management.

 

John Atkinson – A great fan who always baked a cake and brought it to gigs! We started a weekly cooking channel during lockdown!

 

Bevan Baker – fan from Australia who always tunes into my online streaming shows no matter what the time difference is!

Steve Lyth, Mark Robson, Jill Domain, Gary Connor, Bevan Baker Andrew Price, there are so many I could go on! I feel so lucky to have such a loyal fan base.

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Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.

It’s make or break! The vocals are the most important aspect, live and generally. It can make or break the artist’s live career.

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Tell us your thought on quality and quantity for the release of songs.

I feel it is best to start off small with aims to get big! You do not have to release things all in one go. It’s also not just about the music in terms of your circle and ‘what’s going on in your professional life’. You can make the bigger picture if you put in enough effort. The bigger picture can be your social media – what’s going out on your pages? Are you posting good quality content? Are people engaging on your socials in the way you’d like them to?

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Tell us your viewpoint on comparing music career to non-music career.

Sometimes I feel like it would be nice to not think about the ‘Timeline’ when it comes to what you should do next. A release, whether you like it or not, is an entire project and depending on what you want the release to do determines how much work you put in as a DIY artist.

 

Nowadays it’s mainly about what you can achieve that’s big and effective. A non-music career seems interesting but only in the sense that you are not calling the shots all the time. Yet I don’t think I’d do well in any other industry due to that fact unless I was arranging it all. Event’s organizer I think I’d be very good at. Then again, the tourism industry appeals to me too.

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Tell us your opinion on categorizing music into genres and sub-genres.

I don’t have an issue with music being ‘categorized’ – But I do have an issue with how it might affect gig and gig support placement.

 

Artists preferably ought to be considered due to their success and pervious success first – before then applying the music and category to deciding a gig line up for example.

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State the genre you despise most with reason.

I don’t despise a genre – however, I’d say that perhaps Doom Metal tracks wouldn’t be on my home playlist.

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List your favourite movies with reasons.

‘5 Things I hate about You’ – Loved the American Teenage lifestyle it sold to me as a kid growing up along with its musical influences.

 

‘Erin Brockovich’ – Amazing movie that I would watch repeatedly! This movie always stuck in my mind because it was so good and true. Plus, Julia Roberts is an amazing Actor.

 

‘You’ve Got Mail’ – Loved this old-style movie for its use of email and only to find out that the person you’ve been hating the most is the new love in your life via internet reality! As a millennial – This film featuring Tom Hanks was put across in such an awesome and realistic way. It would make me laughed as I’d be thinking to myself as a kid that the email system was already at that point too old!

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

‘One Lump of Sugar’ – Fantasy abstract title for the hook in the lyrics
 “I’ll take one lump of sugar and you’ll take another two!’

 

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