Singer/songwriter Laura Lost is the next Breo Hero answering our questions in our Q&A series. We cover her beginnings in the music industry, her proudest moments, her heroes, what motivates her and ask for any tips she’d share with aspiring new bands and musicians.
How long have you been making music?
I have been making my own music since I was about 10yrs old. I used to make up melodies on the piano just for fun. I didn’t start writing real songs until I was 19 though.
How did you get involved?
I started learning piano when I was very young. My parents and older brother were very influential in my music taste. One of my first ever memories is my dad putting on a Led Zeppelin record and telling me that is what real music is. I was obsessed with Kate Bush and David Bowie when I was only really young. I thought music was magical and I was always writing lyrics. I found it difficult to write songs with the piano though. I went travelling when I was 16 and was given a guitar as a present, I had a lot of time on my hands so I started to learn how to write songs. I wrote several hundred terrible songs before a good one happened
What’s your proudest achievement so far?
I Was played on BBC radio 1 about 6 years ago and that was a very proud moment in my life. It was on a late night BBC Introducing show, I never thought a song I wrote would ever be played on national radio. It was a big achievement for me. I have recently been played on BBC introducing Devon, any time the BBC take an interest in any music I am making I feel very proud and happy my work is being noticed.
What motivates you?
Music is very powerful to a lot of people. I want people to feel an emotional connection to my music. It is very important to me that people can relate to my music. Certain songwriters are extremely inspirational and motivating to me. I listen to some records and I am so inspired to write something that amazing. Good songwriters motivate me to become better at writing.
Who’s your hero?
I could say many many musical influences in answer to this question but actually my hero or heroes are my parents. They had me and my brother really young and worked hard to give us a good upbringing. They are consistently supportive of me and I am very lucky to have them.
What are your hopes for the future?
I want to continue to write and create. I have no other aspirations than that. The music industry is fickle and I don’t know what will happen, so as long as I am staying true to myself I am happy.
Any tips for aspiring musicians?
Just stay true to yourself and be humble. Many people are very talented and some believe they are better than other people because of that. Never think yourself better than anyone even when you have people telling you are amazing at what you do. Don’t let it change you, just be cool and keep writing all the time.
How would you spend £1 million?
I would record a lot of music and travel more. Basically exactly what I do now but more. I would spend half my year in Devon and have a house in Hawaii too. I spent a bit of time in Hawaii and I love the lifestyle over there. Life would be more chilled than it is now that’s for sure.