Lady B is a UK based singer/songwriter. She works with independent producers & several bands, Nature of Wires and the San Pedro Collective. With more musical projects in the works, we sat down with Lady B to find out more.
Lady B has played throughout the UK & Europe and had a top ten last year in the German Alternative Charts. She recently recorded for Sobel Nation Records a song called Try with Nature of Wires, which features an original mix from Grammy Nominee StoneBridge.
What made you want to get into music?
I have always loved music from a very young age. I announced at the age of 7 that I wanted to be a “Sing Popper!”
What inspires you to write?
My writing is very autobiographical. I only came back to music 2 years ago with Gary Watts – Nature of Wires. I began music with him in the early nineties with NOW and another band the Groove Gurus. After going through a horrific divorce and not having made music since then, Gary asked me to rejoin NOW. My inspiration has been to write about my own experience of coercive, controlling behaviour, and domestic violence. It has been painful but very cathartic.
If you could support anyone, who would it be and why?
With San Pedro, I would love to support the Happy Mondays, it would be mad!
What other bands or musicians do we need to be checking out right now?
I love Legpuppy, The Winachi Tribe, Rue Royale, Pagans, Destilj, Dirty Laces, Stepford Wives, Agency Vee, St Lucifer.
How are you continuing to make music carrying during lockdown?
Well, I am in several bands:
NOW – we are planning to release a new track in July called Cut Me Open. I will also be performing on the 20th June for Virtual Pride with Sobel Promotions.
San Pedro Collective – we have been writing and finishing off a video for one of our next releases – a double side single You and In Your Way which was shot with a live audience at Spirit Studios, Manchester just before lockdown.
And of course, Lady B – I have just brought out my first solo track with producer Martin Mclaren called Distant Shores.
How has streaming changed the industry?
Streaming has enabled accessibility – particularly, platforms, internet radio stations etc. It is easier to get your music heard and to self-publish. The penalty is there is NOOOO money in it at all!
What would you change about the industry?
Artists should be properly compensated for their work. There is a huge divide and only the very successful live comfortably from royalties. The playing field is changing yet again with the effects of Covid, unfortunately, it’s having a huge effect on gigging, which to be frank is the only real earner if you are lucky!
Give us a few hints on what’s coming up next?
NOW – looking at releasing more music. We have 12 songs written, instead of an album we might go down the EP route. More live work when allowed – we also have two remixes by Stonebridge awaiting release, but due to lockdown are on hold.
SPC – looking to get into the studio to record tracks we have written during lockdown.
Lady B – looking to work with more producers, as I wish to establish myself as a solo artist along with being in a band, so any good dance/EDM producers, please look me up.
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Wars! My first cousin Diego Luna stars in Rogue One!
What would be on your band rider?
Ooh for me white wine, Golden Bears, black coffee; the boys – beer & rum.
You can catch up with Lady B on her own socials, including Facebook and Instagram. Keep an eye on the Nature of Wires, and San Pedro Collective Facebook accounts to find out more about her work with those two acts.
Her next collaboration with NOW, Cut Me Open, is out on the 10th of July 2020.
Lady B says about the song: “Cut Me Open continues the Reborn EP’s theme of abusive relationships, resulting in separation, divorce and the knock-on effects thereof. It is a heart-rending plea to look at the damage and anguish an abusive relationship causes and forms part of another collection of songs dealing with domestic abuse, which will be released some time in 2020/2021.”