Glaswegian singer-songwriter Lizzie Reid released her debut EP ‘Cubicle’ earlier this year. The EP follows an honest and vulnerable portrayal of Reid’s experiences of life, love and everything in between. With UK tour dates this autumn and her Dot To Dot Festival performances coming up, we had a chat with Lizzie about the upcoming tour, her musical inspirations and much more.
Who are your biggest musical inspirations? And if you had to pick one of them to collaborate with, who would it be?
My inspirations have changed quite a bit over the years. I really loved bands like Fleetwood Mac and The Pretenders when I properly got into song-writing and gigging. I now draw a lot of inspiration from artists like Sharon Van Etten, Laura Marling, PJ Harvey and Jack White. Working with Jack White and Alison Mosshart would be a lot of fun, I reckon we’d come up with something pretty wacky!
In what way do you think your hometown Glasgow has influenced your music?
Glasgow has a real variety of music happening, and it’s so exciting to be a part of it. I think it inspires me now to focus on what I want to do. Everyone is unique and brilliant at doing their thing, and it’s nice to be able to embrace that.
We read that you finished the EP with producer Oli Barton-Wood just before the UK lockdown in March 2020 - what was the process like of writing and recording your debut EP 'Cubicle'?
The writing process happened over the course of a year. I had just been writing by myself in my home, doing a lot of processing and healing. It felt right to make a record based on that particular period of my life, in the house that I wrote the songs in. Oli came up and we built the studio on the first day. It was a beautifully surreal experience to be locked in like that. I remember thinking it was a long time to be in the one space…
If you had to summarise ‘Cubicle’ in 3 words what would they be and why?
Nostalgic, comforting, hopeful… at least I’d like to think so!
It was super difficult to pick a favourite from the EP, but we found ourselves playing 'Seamless' on repeat -what does this song mean to you?
I think I have a bitter-sweet relationship with 'Seamless'. It was the start of me becoming more vulnerable in my song-writing. I felt uncomfortable and a bit scared at the time of writing it, but now it gives me strength to be honest with the stories I want to tell.
Do you remember what the first song you ever wrote was about? And do you think song-writing is something that just comes naturally to you?
I remember the very first song I ever wrote was when I was about 9 or 10. I really loved boats and I wanted to be a sailor. It’s actually quite an emotional rock power ballad, ha! The sad tale of a wee girl who wanted to sail the seven seas. I think song-writing comes naturally to me now. With anything, it takes time to really find your stride but I have always been really drawn to song-writing.
What has been the highlight of your music career so far? We saw your post that your song ‘Company Car’ hit 100,000 streams, how did that milestone feel?
The first time I was played on BBC Radio 1 was a nice moment for me. I was also really chuffed to do La Blogotheque and Mahogany session. I feel very lucky to have had these opportunities and just can’t wait for the rest of this year. When 'Company Car' reached 100,000 streams I was very surprised. It feels nice that people have been listening and continue to listen to the EP.
What can we expect from your new tour? And what are you most excited for about getting back on the road and performing your new material?
You can expect a lot of emotions coming from me over the course of this upcoming tour haha! I’m going to be playing solo mostly so I’m throwing myself right into the deep-end a little bit. It’ll be “here’s me, here’s my songs, hope you like!”. I’m looking forward to playing in front of audiences that will give me a chance to work the room and use the lack of a band to my advantage.
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