Lauren Thomson Newsletter Interview
25 May 2008 // An interview by Shade
What is the best gig/event you have ever performed at, and why?
It's a hard question because there have been so many great gigs! I would have to say the EP Release in Auckland at the Wine Cellar in December. It was overflowing with people, and that night had been a long time coming, not only for me, but for friends and fans. I played with the band, and this was a first for a lot of people, and everyone seemed to be buzzing!
What is your favourite NZ venue?
I would have to say my favourite city to play is Wellington - does that count? However so far, the Wine Cellar in Auckland is my favourite. But after the tour in a couple of weeks - that could all change!
What can we expect to see from you over the next year?
Well I'm off on a national solo tour in just over a week, and at this stage, just playing as many gigs as possible. I'm going into writing hibernation at some point, as i'm planning an album for next year.
What other NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?
Some raw musicians who just play their instrument without technological additives, along the lines of Shaun K Anderson and Flip Grater.
If you could, what rumour would you start about yourself?
I don't really play - I just lipsync and pretend to play guitar....
What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Enjoy the process of this crazy musical journey - and don't focus so much on your ideal final destination.
About Lauren Thomson
‘Singer/songwriter’ - now there’s a phrase to make the hardiest music fan run for the hills.
Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Lauren Thomson
Most people think half-baked songs, acoustic guitars and dingy cafés whenever those words are uttered, but attach that worn tag to American icons such as EmmyLou Harris, Gillian Welch, Sufjan Stevens and even angst-ridden songster Ryan Adams and you get a clearer picture of where the genius of Lauren Thomson fits in.
A standout on Auckland’s live circuit and a much celebrated addition at festivals like Parachute, Noise and indie weekend stands like Barnstock (yep, you read write… Barnstock), Lauren has become a much sought after opener and touring partner for the likes of Miriam Clancy, Brian Platt, and others. Leaving a trail of sighing punters behind her from Whangarei to Wanaka, this girl has forged a well-respected path for her songs that’s only equaled by her passion to pour out her heart night after night on stages large and small.