ARTIST NAME:  Lucky Iris

 

SONG TITLE: Get Ready With Me

 

ALBUM TITLE: Turns Out We Should Have Stayed at Home

 

RELEASE DATE: 25/04/2020

 

GENRE: Alt-Pop

 

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Lucky Iris are an alt-pop duo who have put their own personal spin on the resurgence of electro-acoustic music, resulting in the production of a set of intimate silky tunes with a fresh aesthetic.

 

The pair started their band with a bang, releasing their debut EP “Turns Out We Should Have Stayed at Home” (25/04/2020). The EP is a concept EP based around a night on the town, and how sometimes they don’t go to plan and it may be better to stay home…

 

The duo take influence from a broad range of sounds and have previously been likened to Oh Wonder, Adele, Celeste, The xx, and Shura, taking further influence from Alt-J and Laura Mvula, but you will have to go and see them; to make your own judgment.

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Explain how to overcome a writer’s block.

Go on a terrible night out… gives you tonnes to write about. That is how we wrote this EP.

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Tell us the tricks behind making a hit song. 

I think a good song is one that has some sort of purpose, whether that means it has lyrics that speak to you or whether the bassline really hits, it’s got to have that thing that people remember.

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Tell us how you get feedback for your demo before working on it.

I think the best part about working in a duo is that we’re able to bounce off each other with our ideas, however if we get really stuck we have some lovely friends and family and other musicians we know who we send our work to in order to get their opinions whilst still keeping it our own.

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Explain your recording experience in the studio.

So, we got to fly to Poland for the bulk of our EP recording which was amazing.

 

We recorded at the wonderful Tall Pine Studios just outside of Gdansk with our producer Oliver Sekunda. It was a brilliant experience staying out there as we stayed close to sight and spent just under a week fully immersed in the recording experience, we wouldn’t have changed a thing!

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Tell us how you compose.

Jasper and I wrote the whole EP together, contributing to both the music and lyrics. I predominantly do the lyrics and Jasper focuses on the music, however we both input on all aspects to create the sound we did.

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Tell us if you add effects to your vocals to sound better.

I used to think that unless you had completely unedited vocals that it wasn’t authentic in some way. But it’s no different to any other instrument and a bit of reverb and echo can go a long way to add some extra power or ambience to your vocals.

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Tell us the best streaming platform to get new fans.

Streaming is a tough business; it’s about getting heard by the right people and being added to the right playlists! Bandcamp is a brilliant site and does a lot to help up and coming musicians, however Spotify is definitely our most useful tool for getting heard.

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Tell us your opinion on music education.

I think if everyone had a bit more music in their life then the world would be a better place! A lot of young people get put off by the idea of learning classical music, I wasn’t too dissimilar when I was younger, I was eager to cover Adele or whatever was big at the time, but there is so much detail in the perfect balance of instrumentation and flow of a piece and so much more that can be learned from classical music that it shouldn’t be ignored.

 

However classical music aside, I really believe there is an area of music for every individual, whether you are a classic rock or country fan, and I do believe that young people should be exposed to more music as once you find your niche it is a wonderful way to express yourself or see yourself in the music of someone else.

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Discuss the shooting of a commercial music video for a song. 

We’d love to do a video but right now our skills aren’t up to scratch and unless you want a zoom call themed montage of us in our rooms then we’ll wait a while.

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Tell us how you interact with other artists. 

The best way is to get out and gig! However, there are so many ways to support each other, from sharing each other’s tracks online to simply having a listen.

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Tell us if you can collaborate with an artist of a different genre. 

We would love to collaborate with as many artists as possible and are open to almost all genres.

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Explain how to finance a music project.

With unsigned artists, funding a music project relies on using your own income to push your music forward, or, sometimes it can be done through crowdfunding. However, for signed artists, sometimes a record label can fund musical projects.

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Explain how to copyright a musical work.

We use our distribution website called CD Baby which helps to collect royalties and generates the barcodes and metadata needed for our tracks.

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Tell us how to generate income from a musical work.

For our releases online, CD Baby collects our royalties for us, and organizations such as PRS and PPL can also help generate income. Gigs are also an effective way to earn money, alongside merchandise sold at the gigs and online.

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List the name of organizations you know can be helpful to new artists.

Distributors such as CD baby do make it easier for the artists but other than that, make friends with other similar bands and support them and you’ll get support back, just learn from those out there before you!

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Send a message to your fans.

Thank you to all those who have listened to our tracks, it means so much to hear the positive response and makes all the hard work worthwhile.

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Explain the process involved in recording a vocal.

I find that it’s always best to record vocals when I’m nice and relaxed. I believe that a lot of my job as a singer is to convey the emotion of the words that I’m saying so if I’m relaxed that helps, I often even turn the lights off/low in the room I’m recording in because I find it helps, and then I just sing and sing again until I get enough takes.

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Elaborate on the song.

We have just released our debut EP.

 

Turns Out We Should Have Stayed at Home” is actually a concept EP based around a night on the town, and how sometimes they don’t go to plan and it may be better to stay home…

 

Each song explains a different point in time/ stage of the night out…

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Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.

We chose the name Lucky Iris for multiple reasons. We chose ‘Iris’ because of the multiple meanings: it is a common purple flower, the Greek goddess of rainbows, and “Irie”, a common nickname for Iris, which means luck.

 

We also chose “Iris” because it sounds like it reads, an easy name to say. “Lucky” came partly from “Irie”, but also because it flowed nicely with “Iris” and created a positive-sounding name.

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