The Essex singer songwriter is making big waves on the music scene and is a BBC?Radio 2 favourite. She’s also an ambassador for Quicksilver Woman clothing range and has recently releases her new EP, A Trick Or Two. Â We had a chat with with her…
Well, I have always loved singing from a very early age, but the moment I actually realised it was what I wanted to spend most of my life doing was when I picked up the guitar for the first time and started writing my own material. Then after my first public performance at 14 I knew I could never get that much of a high from anything else! It felt amazing!
How has the London College of Music experience been for you?
My college course has helped me so much; it has enabled me to grow as a singer and a live performer. I met my band members there and my teachers are very inspiring.Â I feel like I am now at a comfortable stage in my musical development where I feel very confident performing in front of large audiences, but I am always striving to be a better musician. In my opinion the musical development never stops, I’m always practicing and looking for ways to get even better as a guitarist, singer and writer.
How would you describe your music?
I always find this question tough… but I like to describe it as story-telling, quirky folk pop. My lyrics are very honest and I rarely hold back anything when writing, it’s very important to me to write from the heart.
Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration varies from my own experiences to my friends or families’ experiences, books, films, different cities… my strongest songs always occur when I least expect it; like sitting on a train or on a long car journey! I have to jot down all the lyric ideas I have in my head on my phone until I’m in next the studio!
What are the most listened to songs on your iPod?
A Case Of You by Joni Mitchell. It’s my favourite song of all time! She is one of my heroes along with Alanis Morissette and Regina Spektor.
BBC Radio 2 are big fans of your music. What does that mean to you?
The Radio 2 support has been incredible, and I still jump when I hear myself in the car or in supermarkets haha! It’s overwhelming! I’m incredibly proud of Telling Tales, every song on the album means a lot to me. I’m very excited about album number two! There are some really fun, feel-good tracks and every song is based on my own experiences.
You grew up in Essex. What are yourÂ memories of the county?
I still live in Essex just outside East London…when I’m not crashing at friend’s houses for my university course, haha! I’m very proud of where I grew up, and I always miss home a lot when I’m traveling.
What are your favourite Essex venues?
My favourite venue in Essex has to be the High Barn [Great Bardfield]; I have played there since I was 15! It was amazing to be back there last year doing my own headline show and selling the place out! I can’t wait to go back.Â I also have very fond memories of my first few gigs at the Queens Theatre in Hornchurch and the Hermit Club in Brentwood.
Where are your favourite places in Essex?
One of my favourite spots in Essex is Wield Park in Brentwood, it’s so beautiful – I’ve been going there since I was little. One of my favourite pubs is the Black Horse, also near Brentwood – it’s a typical quaint English pub with amazing food! Aldo, being an Essex girl I obviously love a bit of shopping at Lakeside! Haha!
What do you love most about touring?
Touring is the best part of my job! I literally adore it so so much! The things I love the most about touring are firstly meeting the fans of my music (the Leddys..hehe!), and also I love being on the road with my band and traveling to different cities and having great fun on stage!!
If you could collaborate with any artist in the world, who would it be?
I would love to collaborate with an artist or band that are very different to my style of music… I’d like to be able to rock out a bit on stage… Matt Bellamy from Muse would be amazing! I adore that band.
What would be your dream come true?
To be able to keep making and performing music for the rest of my life!! And to tour with Joni Mitchell haha!
For more information about Leddra Chapman, visit her website at www.leddrachapman.com
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