Q&A Scene: Lisa Crawley

 Tell us about your EP? 

The ‘Up In The Air’ EP is made up of five tracks based on some fiction and non fictional events. They’re a collection of songs most of which were written since my move to Melbourne coming up to two years ago. One track ‘Mayday’ was written about seven years ago with my old guitarist when I lived in the UK.

Which song resonates most strongly and why?

‘Showgirl’ resonates with me pretty strongly. I’ve been a full time musician for a long time and have experienced all sorts of comments – from people asking ‘what you really do’ and giving often unwanted advice on what you’re not more famous or how your outfit could be more appealing to them, and of course the question, “why don’t you go on one those talent shows?” ‘Showgirl’ leans towards the theme of caring less about what others think, something that has certainly taken a lot of time for me to be better at!

Any on the road anecdotes?

I did a series of shows in LA this year and got pretty unwell, to the point of having to go to hospital to get IV fluids in my arms as I was so dehydrated. They didn’t get the fluids into my veins properly and my arms got really swollen, and I had to go straight to performing at this songwriting game show called ‘Top Tune’ which was being filmed, featured a few famous comedians and musicians and was the gig I was most looking forward to. With no sleep for 24 hours and giant arms I felt crazy… but I’m proud to say I ended up winning! The saddest part was that none of this sickness was due to partying or late nights, and I didn’t have any travel insurance :/

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Travelling, people watching, isolation, heartache, friendships and my surroundings.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

I’m a strict vegetarian so I’d say my sound is like a Quesadilla – perhaps it’s cause I just had one for dinner – my music certainly doesn’t sound very Mexican, but has beautiful arrangements – a variety of instruments, just the right amount of layers, a little sweet and a little sour…and I’m really bad at this question.

What’s next for you?

I’m in the midst of my two month EP tour around Australia and NZ, and from there plan on writing and recording new material, hopefully more shows around Australia, the UK & the USA over the next year and if all going to plan, my third full length album would be almost complete!

What’s your scene?

Somewhere with great music, food, lots of animals, plenty of whiskey, and of course with access to Netflix. #wildstuff.

With a back catalogue that boasts two albums and two EPs, coupled with countless collaborations, tours, television appearances and acclaimed music-based projects, Lisa Crawley has well and truly earned her reputation as one of Australasia’s most well-respected musicians.

Now Crawley is adding to her lengthy list of achievements with the new single, ‘Up In The Air’ (out via Bandcamp), from her upcoming EP of the same name, which was released online on Friday 27th November 2015.

UP IN THE AIR contains four new songs penned by Crawley in the last year, documenting recent adventures in Canada, the United States and her new home, Melbourne. It also features a fifth song, ‘Mayday’ – a demo she’d rediscovered having co-written it eight years ago in London with Matthew Michinson (Klak Tik) who was in a band with Crawley at the time.

UP IN THE AIR builds on the retro vibe of 2013’s ALL IN MY HEAD, showcasing a singer-songwriter who has found her place in a dreamy, melodic pop world, with an edgy darkness.

The EP rounds off an exciting year in which Crawley performed at Canadian Music Week in Toronto. She also played a string of shows in Los Angeles and won the LA- based songwriting game show Top Tune – a fun game show filmed for online where contestants (songwriters) are given a title and have 17 minutes to write a song. Judges on the show include Ray Parker Jnr and Van Dyke Parkes.

Now back in the Southern Hemisphere and based in Melbourne, Crawley can’t wait to bring her new material home, with an Australian tour that kicks off on December 10.

“I’m very excited to be touring Australia. I’ll be playing my new EP alongside favourites from my previous two albums” says Crawley.

She is of course, no stranger to touring, having travelled the length and breadth of the country as a solo artist and in support of big names in music like Paul Weller, Jools Holland, John Mayer, David Bridie and Ashley Naylor.

Up In The Air’ single is available now.

The UP IN THE AIR EP is out now. The five-track EP is produced by sought-after Australian producer Ryan Ritchie (Kimbra, The Rah Project), whose work with Kiwi singer Kimbra on ‘Cameo Lover’ earned him an ARIA. The tour kicks off on December 10.

More info: http://www.lisacrawley.com


Thursday 10th December 2015 – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne VIC w/ Michael Burrows

Saturday 12th December 2015 – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane QLD (2:30PM set)

Saturday 12th December 2015
  – The Loft, Gold Coast QLD
w/ Annie & Bern + SS. Sebastian

Thursday 17th December 2015
 – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney NSW

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