Luci Blue took her stage name from a feel-good moment.
“People with red hair, like me, are sometimes called Blue,” she explained. “I was busking in Nowra one day and a guy gave me some money and said ‘Good luck Blue’. I really liked the sound of that.”
It’s no surprise, then, that the 15-year-old singer-songwriter, who describes her music as ‘soft Indie folk’, finds inspiration for songs in feelings.
“Songwriting helps me to get things out of my head,” Luci said. “Most of my songs are about emotions. I'm not a storytelling type of musician. I’m trying to evoke a feeling, rather than tell a story.”
While Luci has been playing music since the age of nine, and is proficient with a violin, cello and ‘some piano’, she only began writing songs when she picked up a guitar at 13.
“My house doesn’t have internet, so it’s harder for me to find the chords to learn new songs,” she said, with a laugh. “Since I didn’t have the resources to learn other people’s songs, I started to play what I could write myself.”
Luci is grateful to her mentor Sivan Agam from the Young Coasties project for teaching her the importance of pushing her ideas as far as they’ll go. “I’ve never been someone who’d go through [a song] and edit it,” Luci says. “Sivan showed me how to find a process that would help to make the song the best it could be. I think that will help a lot in the future.”
Sivan Mayhew, Song Music Mentor and member of indie folk duo The April Maze, said, “The workshops, online sessions and many calls helped everyone to develop their amazing songs and talent. It will be a very proud day for everyone involved at the festival live gig.”
Luci’s song for the Young Coasties album is called Soothe, and is about the confusion and overwhelm a break-up can bring. Right now, though, Luci is feeling excited, with the Young Coasties performance to look forward to, and her first album ‘Kawakari’ set for release in the next few months.
Luci Blue will appear in the Young Coasties Showcase concert on Sunday, May 14 at the Burradise Festival at Culburra Beach. Get your free tickets at culburrabeachfestival.org.au.