15 Questions With ………………Lyra

New Single Rooftops OUT NOW.


1. For someone that is yet to discover Lyra in 5 words how would you describe yourself. Light-hearted, Soulful, Unique, Friendly and Funky 

2.What inspired you as an artist? I think the way you perceive music in your youth has the biggest effect on your choices and expressions in the future. I think about the concerts I went to as a teenager, the life events I went through around music and the artists that resonated with me back then. All of these details come together to form your artistic vision which carries on evolving as you progress in life and experience new things.

3. What is your process for preparing to perform live? Do you have any Diva demands? Haha, well I’ve recently purchased a vocal steamer which I use in the car on the way to gigs and it attracts some funny looks from the other drivers. Other than that my only diva demand is to have my vocals piercingly loud in my IEM’s.

4.Where do you feel you fit into the music landscape? This has always been a difficult question for us! Our songs are essentially written in the realm of soul but the production draws elements from rock, funk and pop. We’ve been meandering a bit between styles over the past few years but feel we’ve found our feet with the next two songs we have lined up for release.

5: What are your favourite musical genres, and are there any you dislike? Mainly pop, R&B, soul and a bit of rock. All of the members in the band have different tastes which keeps it interesting. I can usually find something I like in any genre!        

6.  What’s currently in the pipeline for 2024? Lots of new music and the possibility of a UK tour. We’ve made a new years resolution to be a little more selective with the gigs that we play so that we can spend more energy and time on writing and recording.

7 What would you say is your greatest strength as an artist? Organisation – it’s important to have structure in what you do and to keep the ball rolling. A lot of people go through phases of motivation and then fizzle out for a month or two but I’m always here cracking the whip! 

8. What would you say is your greatest weakness as an artist? In the past we’ve had a very slow turnaround when it comes to releasing new music. We always struggled to attain the vision we were hoping for when we worked with producers and there were a lot of back and fourths before reaching a point where we were happy. Now that we do all of the production ourselves things are speeding up a lot and we’re getting closer to the sound we imagined.

9.  What can fans expect from your new single Rooftops? Rooftops is a very lyrically driven song but also deliveres a lot instrumentally. It’s a big ballad and we wanted to make it sound as if it was recorded in the royal Albert Hall so there are lots of big reverbs, delays and orchestral sounds. The bridge that catches you off guard with an almost gospel vibe before a big outro guitar solo.

10. What music artiest would you say have influenced your work? Olivia Dean and Lily Moore have influenced our song writing a lot recently.  

11. Who would you most like to collaborate with artistically? Olivia Dean, I just love her tone and song writing style. 

12. What was your worst performance? A few months ago I had been teaching metal screams to a student all morning and by the time I arrived at the gig in the evening I’d lost my voice. A couple of industry professionals had come to watch us that night and anything that came out of my mouth on stage sounded like a bark! 

13: What was the most difficult obstacle you have ever faced and how did you overcome it? Probably just trying to keep your motivation levels high when a lot of the time you play to small crowds and get a lot of emails saying “sorry not this time but…”. Sometimes you have to take a step back and look at how you’ve progressed over the past year or so and realise that things are moving, even if it feels slow!

14: What is your creative process when making music. Do you work with others or is there just you? Do you work with others or is there just you? James, our guitarist usually writes the songs and then I’ll add my own touch to the vocals and the rest of the band will add their parts/arrangement ideas. The songs go through many different phases which is why a lot of them sound different live to how they sound recorded. 

15 Where do you see your musical career in 10 years? Glastonbury! Go big or go home!