Music Q&A:
Lee Richards

Following the release of album Existential Beast, the LA-based singer plays shows at the Crescent, York (26 Aug) and the Castle, Manchester (27 Aug), alongside Californian folk-rock band GospelbeacH

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What informs your music and songwriting?
Life in general. My experiences, observations, relationships and conversations form the subject matter and lyrical poems in my songs. I also get ideas from seeing movies, shows, and reading books and magazines.

How have you evolved as an artist evolved over the years?
I feel that I am better at executing my musical ideas, and in that respect I am a better musician, writer, singer, performer and co-producer. I’m always challenging myself to reach further and grow and learn as an individual also.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
I am working on an English folk record and an Americana country record. I’m also finishing up a side project album of 1990s dark wave shoegaze pop called Black Fawn.

What’s on your rider?
White wine, kombucha, hummus and carrots.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.

I became psychic a few years ago. I started to get really strong feelings about people and situations and not know why until later. I’ve learned to trust my intuition since!

What song do you wish you’d written?
Nights in White Satin by the Moody Blues.

What’s your worst lyric?
Lyrics I agreed to in co-writes, or lyrics I wrote initially for jingles and commercials that ended up released. Second to that? In Breathless on my Light of X album: “Hold the ones you love dear and closest to your heart; tell them how you feel; they might not know it ‘cause you never show them” – that’s a little corny and sentimental in retrospect!

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