Getting To Know... Lucy McWilliams

After recently returning with a batch of warm and alluring singles these last few months, Irish singer-songwriter Lucy McWilliams has reemerged once again to share her shimmering new single 'Break My Own Heart'.

Conjuring more of that rich and dynamic approach to the alt-pop sound she is known for, 'Break My Own Heart' makes for a brilliantly vibrant listen. With nods to the retro 70s vibe of Fleetwood Mac, she is quickly cementing herself as a bright and inventive name on the rise right now.

So with the new single available now, we sat down with her to find out more about her origins and what has been inspiring her lately.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

Definitely piano!

What kind of music did you love when you were younger?

There was always lots of different music in my music, I think Andre 3000 was a big win for me when I was little.

What was the first album you remember owning?

“Frank” by Amy Winehouse.

What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?

“River man” by Nick Drake.

Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?

It’s different every time, I feel it always comes down to looking at old scribbles in my notebook, trying to piece together some emotion I’ve wanted to express.

Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?

Celeste, probably everyday for the last almost 2 years. A lot of spill tab recently, ohhh and New Dad.

If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?

Probably Celeste. Or Radiohead.

What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?

I think there’s different stages. I guess writing and getting out what you wanted to say always feels rewarding. And then the moment you come with that piece of work and collaborate to make it something else, that’s amazing. But for me in the writing and recording stages for sure.

And what is the most frustrating part?

It’s all up to you, feeling very isolated, not sure if what you’re doing will resonate with people, I guess constant highs and lows.

And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?

I think trying to focus on yourself and where you want your music to go, as opposed to watching others around you, and trying to mould into something you think people want instead of what you actually want.


Lucy McWilliams' new single 'Break My Own Heart' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.