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10 Questions For: Lucy Kruger
Since the release of her debut album, Cut Those Strings, in 2012, this Mother City- based singer/songwriter has become one of South Africa’s most-watched and prolific performers.
1. How would you describe what you do for a living?
At the core of it... I create songs. Professionally, I do all the other things that need to be done in order for others to hear those songs.
2. What is your most vivid childhood memory?
For some reason the first memory that comes to mind was being at a Roxette concert when I was five. I think it must have been the first time I had seen such a large scale production and the first time I had seen an artist live whose recordings I had got to know on the hi-fi at home. I knew every single word and probably shrieked along to the entire set. It was pretty religious, really.
3. If you could invite any three people, dead or alive, for dinner, who would they be and why?
I get anxious just thinking about this possibility…
I want to say Joni Mitchell, but I’ve seen her in interviews and I think I’d be pretty terrified to say anything to her.
I’d love to have Annie Clark she’s electric and intelligent and rock ‘n roll as hell.
And I would certainly have Tom Waits because nobody can tell a story quite like him. Perhaps Joni could stay at home and Tom could bring his wife. She seems pretty phenomenal too.
4. If you ever found yourself auditioning for a music reality TV show, what song would you sing and why?
4’33” by John Cage. Because I am a real brat when it comes to reality TV shows.
5. How would you complete this sentence?
The South African cabinet should include a Minister of…
EQ (Emotional Intelligence).
6. What would you say is the biggest misconception about you?
There is a lot that is assumed about an artist when they are called a female singer-songwriter from which I’d like to distance myself. The stereotype is not all negative and I certainly fit into some part of that mould, but I do feel that it limits the way people approach and listen to what is I am doing.
7. What is your (honest) opinion of Cape Town?
I think it’s a beautiful place in which to live. It’s a small town in a city space, which has its pros and cons. There are a lot of people doing pretty magical things but something that worries me a little is that it’s pretty easy to lose perspective. The space can form quite a severe bubble if we do not make an effort to break out of it.
8. What's the greatest fear you've had to overcome to get where you are today?
Security, the constant doubt about whether I’m good enough and the relentless debate over whether or not what I’m doing really means anything or makes any kind of difference.
9. What's the one thing you'd like to achieve before you die?
I want to make an album that can put to rest the fears mentioned above.
I want to make music that sounds like me. To get to the absolute core of it. I think the only way to do that is to persist. I really hope that I can achieve in persisting until I die.
10. Which well-known South African personality would you, without a doubt, be able to beat in a street fight and why?
I’m struggling with this one. I read Umlilo’s answer to this and he mentioned Yolandi Visser. All I can say, with absolute certainty, is that I would not like to get in to a street fight with Yolandi. But she could perhaps join for my celebrity dinner party. Umlilo too. If they promised there would be no fighting.
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