Eclectic singer Lucy Kruger chats to us about her band and her music ahead of her Oppikoppi performance

2014-08-08 05:00

Cape Town – We recently got to ask Cape Town muso Lucy Kruger a few questions ahead of her performance at Oppikoppi this weekend.

It has been close to two years since the release of Lucy’s debut album and now she’s released a self-titled EP together with a full band, namely Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys.

Her band consists of Lucas Swart and Andre Leo on guitar as well as Werner Von Waltsleben on drums and Calvin Siderfin on bass.

5 quick questions with Lucy:


"Tell us how you crazy kids became a band? Because usually people go from being in a band to being a solo artist and not the other way around."


"I moved to Cape Town just after finishing my Honours in Drama at Rhodes. I had played a bit of music around Grahamstown but was very removed from the music industry. I had no choice but to go solo for a while. One of the few people I knew around town was Lucas’s dad and he pointed me in the right direction. I basically just walked up to Lucas after a Pretty Blue Guns show and asked if he’d like to play for me. After a while of gigging together, I joined Lucas’s new band - The Very Wicked. That’s how I came to know Andre. Andre then played for me occasionally and eventually permanently. Once we were a team, the rest fell into place pretty naturally…"


"You’ve done a bit of touring together now, what’s the dirtiest story from the road?"


"We’ve had some pretty amazing times together. Those are stories for on the road…"


"Biggest influences on your band’s sound?"


"I don’t have any particularly conscious influences when I make music. The psychedelic sounds that everyone has been involved with over the last few years have obviously sunk into the music in a way that I really love. I’ve been introduced to many new amazing artists since immersing myself in the music world over the last couple of years. Some of my favourites have been the new Nick Cave, Deer Hunter, The Black Angels and Mazzy Star."


"What festival would you like to play here or overseas?"


"I’d love to play a few overseas festivals next year. We’re hoping very much to make a mission to Austin Psych Fest…"

Lucy Kruger’s album has been made available as a free download. You can download it here.

Catch Lucy Kruger live at the Ray-Ban top bar stage at 14:00 at the Oppikoppi festival in Northam this Saturday, 9 August.

Watch her video for Beast (Stay Hungry) here:

(Photos: Lupa Photography)

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