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Lucie Silvas
This 24 year old singer-songwriter likes her influences to be eclectic, her inspiration to be real-life and her own musical path more unpredictable than not. After last month's profile The Record goes all out to bring you an exclusive interview with Britain's Lucie Silvas. Read on as she tells us about finally singing her own songs, traveling the world with her music, sharing the stage with Lionel Richie and, in a very brave move, covering a Metallica classic for her very first album.

The Record (TR): You've been writing songs for other people all this while. How does it feel to finally be the singer?
• Lucie: It's fantastic - it's such a great feeling. I've been waiting for it for so long, so many different processes to go through. It's such an amazing feeling to get my album out there and just be part of the music industry. I've been on the sidelines for so long, so now to be out there and involved in it - it's such an amazing feeling.

TR: Your first single Breathe In is very popular. Tell us about it.
• Lucie: Breathe In is one of my favourite songs on the album. It's such a positive song. I wanted to write a song that people could relate to. It's about appreciating life, appreciating what's around you, not taking things for granted. I think it's a good thing for me to know right now, at the beginning of my career, to enjoy what's going around. I think it's important for everybody to do that. No matter what's going on in your life, if you have an opportunity in front of you or people that you love, you have to appreciate those people and those things. And it's up-tempo and I love performing it on stage. Yeah so I'm really excited about it.

TR: What inspires your songwriting?
• Lucie: So many different things. It may be a song that I hear played or artists that inspire me like Stevie Wonder, Carole King or some of those great songwriters who are behind the scenes, that aren't pop stars, they're just great writers and poets and stuff like that. And then people around me, my family and friends, things that go on in their lives and my life. Sometimes I just feel the need to talk about it and make some sense of it…it's a very therapeutic thing, writing a song.

TR: Some artists, like The Rasmus from Finland tell us the weather can also be an inspiration…
• Lucie: Sometimes, yeah! You wake up in the morning and the sun is shining and you get that really positive feeling, the weather changes your personality and you can write a really positive song. And sometimes when it's like a gloomy day and you're inside in the warmth you want to write something melancholy or sad even. It does affect your moods as a person no matter what and I guess that can affect what you write about.

TR: How did you come to cover the Metallica classic Nothing Else Matters for your album?
• Lucie: That was always one of my favourite songs. I listen to so many different kinds of music and I've never restricted myself. Of course my style of music is very different but I've always loved the song Nothing Else Matters and although nothing can compare to the original I thought it would be a great thing to cover. I love playing it on the piano and I thought 'Why don't I try it in my style of music? It'll be totally different from the original.' It shows how strong the song is; you bring it into a different genre of music and it sounds totally different and I think it's good to experiment with these things. That's what music is for - to inspire you and help you push what you do. People always say to me, 'Wow I'm shocked you did that cover' and that's exactly the reaction I was hoping for. To not be predictable is a good thing. I think a lot of people were expecting a power ballad and this shows that I do have different tastes in music.

You can read the rest of our exclusive with Lucie Silvas in the May 2005 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.

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