Open Mic Day Feature - Lily Bud

Lily Bud is a singer/songwriter and studio vocalist born and raised in the heart of North London. Her voice of old skool soul combined with her strong heartfelt songwriting comes together in a powerful way. Whether she is on stage at Glastonbury Music Festival, filling out the Queen Elizabeth Hall, holding a 'Songs from a room 'event spellbound, performing on Portobello Radio, or recording at the studio of Brian O’ Shaughnessy, the man behind Primal Screams “Loaded” she is loving every minute of what she does and her heart and soul sparkles within her writing. Her brand new EP to be released this winter 2016 titled ‘The Tide is Turning' takes on a poignant political edge inspired by such greats at Phil Ochs, Mahalia Jackson, Bob Dylan, and Tracy Chapman. Lily Bud is real London old timer ready to be a part of bringing a voice and a love into the city that raised her.

Artists Q&A:

When did you know you first wanted to become a musician? 

I think I've known I wanted to make music since I was a really little kid. As I got older and people would ask you know what do you want to be when you grow up there was nothing else I really wanted to do. I just knew I wanted to write songs and play keys and sing and that’s what I wanted everyone to do. As I got older and I realised how much it meant to me, I decided to go for it hell for leather.

What was your musical inspiration? 

There are so many inspiring and amazing artists in the world. I was brought up by my dad listening to Tracy Chapman, Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, protest music. but also loved my mums 80's club classics, they made her so happy and strong. I love rock music too, Nirvana, The Band of Holy Joy, the Doctors of Madness. Then there are the strong and beautiful women breaking the mould and creating a voice: Lauryn Hill, Mahalia Jackson, Billie Holiday, Sarah Jane Morris, Kate Tempest. A brave woman making songs she cares about. For me, that's the most inspiring of all things. 

What motivates you to create music?

If I couldn't make music I think I'd go mad. Not in an overly dramatic way, but having a creative outlet is so important. The process of writing a song is the best possible way of expressing an emotion. It can make you feel so much better, everyone should do it If you're angry or happy or frustrated get it out, make noise!

Where do I imagine myself in 5 years?

It's so hard to say as so much is changing so often it's a bit of a whirlwind. In 5 years’ time though I hope people are still being encouraged to create amazing things and that people are making as much music to bring about positive change as possible, music to challenge ignorance and encourage equality. Here's to the next 5 years of giving all we got to make that happen! As long as I am still playing music that I love and care about, hopefully having more and more people hear my songs, making a living playing alongside other artists I love and gigging as much as I physically can, being surrounded by the support of the people I love, that would be amazing! 


Social Media Links

Instagram: Instagram: Lilybud_london
Twitter: @lilybudlondon

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