EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Lauren Marsh

Rising US artist Lauren Marsh is currently gearing up for the release of her brand new EP ‘Revival’ which will be dropping later this year and she has just dropped her latest single ‘Take Me With You’ which is her first release in two years.

Here we chat exclusively to Lauren Marsh to discuss her new music, upcoming EP, future plans and more:

Growing up who inspired your love of music?
My parents are the inspiration behind my love of music. I grew up watching my
dad play guitar, while my mom sang. They used to tour around their hometown outside
NYC, playing weddings and different events. There was always some kind of music
playing in our house and as kids we were encouraged to join in. I was about 4 or 5
when my parents got me a karaoke machine. It was a real amplifier with a microphone,
none of that kid-toy stuff. I totally fell in love with singing and performing.

Who are you currently listening to at the moment?
Recently I’ve been listening to The War on Drugs. I got to see them last summer
in Philadelphia and being that we’re both from that area, it adds another layer of
excitement going out and supporting them. The Paper Kites are another go to favorite of
mine right now, but I’ve also been diving into incredible vocalists like Kehlani.

How would you describe your own sound to new listeners?
The sound on my new EP ‘Revival’ is a good dose of stripped down alternative
singer-songwriter style balanced with full band energy. Both sounds are mixed into each
song. There is a lot of solo acoustic presentation in the beginning of each song, and
then the band sneaks in to push and build energy throughout the tracks. This
acoustic/band style has really allowed for the songwriting and storytelling of the songs
to be kept at the forefront of the creative process.

When did you first decide to pursue music as a career?
I was wrapping up my first semester of college when I realized I was
spending more time writing songs than studying for my classes. Songwriting was the
one thing I looked forward to everyday and I was always trying to squeeze it into my
schedule. I completed one semester of college and then made major changes to switch my focus
over to pursuing music as a career. The only other job I would want is playing with cats
and dogs all day, and with my music career, I get to do music and play with my cat each
day! 

Your new single’Take Me With You’ is out now how excited are you to be sharing the
track?
So. Excited. (omg!). My previous record came out in January of 2016, so
needless to say, I’ve been counting down the days. It means a lot to hear excitement
from fans. They’ve been with me and really supported me on this journey. I have them
to thank for the ride that I’m on and I’m really looking forward to sharing this next project
with them.These past two years have included a fair amount of soul searching, figuring out
where I want to be as an artist. When I first started out, there were so many things I
thought I had to be artistically, but my fans taught me that wasn’t true. My fans showed
me that all I have to do is walk out on stage and just be me. It’s the greatest gift I could
have ever asked for and I will always be deeply grateful for that. Now I’m doing
everything I can to give my fans what they’ve been asking for and it starts with this first
track. 

What is the inspiration behind the song?
‘Take Me With You’ came from a place of nostalgia. Looking back on summers
spent driving around with friends, we never really had an exact destination, but we were
all committed to seeing where the road could take us. While soaking in that first taste of
freedom, I never realized how fragile it all was. None of us were perfect, but we were all
there for each other in our own imperfect way. In the end, being there for someone
meant more than having everything in life turning out okay. There’s always a way
through something when someone is there for you. This is my way of saying, thank you
for being there, thank you for taking me with you.

What do you hope fans take from the track?
Sometimes life is about having the courage to live the life you want no matter
what might happen that tries to derail you. ‘Take Me With You’ acknowledges that no
matter what you’re going through, things can ultimately turn out okay. This song is a tip
of the hat to the people that shaped you, for better or worse, it recognizes the part that
they played in who you are today. Maybe things didn’t go exactly how you wanted, but
everyday you truly are stronger and better equipped to handle life’s ups and downs. I
hope that this song gives a little more hope to my fans as they move through difficult
times and maybe provides them with a feeling of optimistic nostalgia.

Can we expect a full length album from you soon? 
I’m always writing new material. For me, songwriting isn’t so much a decision as
it is a way of life. I can’t take a drive or go for a run without a melody filling my head.
Right now, I really enjoy giving each song its own space and attention. Pacing out my
music and my songs allows me to give more to each song with videos and different
kinds of content. I want to continuing doing that as much as I can. More than a record, I
hope to provide a continuous flow of new music. 

Do you currently have any touring plans lined up?
I just finished up a full line-up of shows including 2 performances at the
Richmond International Film & Music Fest (Virginia). Currently I’m taking a little break to
work on new music, and I’m focusing on starting shows up at in the September-October
timeframe. I love performing live, it’s really a whole other passion unto itself. There’s
nothing more thrilling than connecting with a crowd during a performance. In the interim,
I want to make more live performance video content for my fans, so if you can’t catch
me at a show right now, you’ll still be able to see me live online. 

What are your long term career goals?
My passion for music is driven by my need to write songs and my love for
connecting with people through music. Whether there’s 5 or 5,000 people in an
audience, I’m loving life when I’m performing and sharing my songs.
When I first started booking my own gigs, I had a really slow night in a rural town bar.
Maybe there were 8 people total in the audience. At the end of my show a man walked
up to me and said how his wife had recently passed, and that one of my songs really
meant a lot to him. Without knowing it, I was able to give something to someone who
really needed it. This life is tough enough and if music can be what helps along the way,
then I’m honored to play a role in that transaction. My long term goal is to be able to
keep writing, performing, and adding to this human experience as much as I can.

Make sure you follow Lauren Marsh on Twitter @LMarshMusic to keep up to date with all her latest music and tour news!

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