An Interview With Lucy Schwartz

Lucy Schwartz is a wildly talented singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, CA. She is best known for her collaboration “Darling I Do” with Landon Pigg from the Shrek 4 soundtrack. Her music has also been featured on many TV shows including Arrested Development, ER, and Grey’s Anatomy. She was kind enough to take some time out of her busy schedule to talk with the Nonsense Society. Thanks Lucy!

How do you feel about the concept of fame and how it could change your personal life?

Fame is such a strange concept and it’s something that is almost unavoidable when you get to a certain point in music. Ideally, I would love to have my music be the thing that becomes famous instead of me becoming famous. I want to be able go places and live life and write songs and not be under the eye of a camera. Thankfully, that’s the way my life is at the moment.

What emotion inspires your writing most often? Why?

I guess the emotion that inspires me most is not a specific “happy” or “sad” but a kind of “press at your heart” emotion….which can mean a burdensome weight, or a light joyful feeling, sorrow, anger, regret or hope. When I’m starting to write a song, I know it’s a song I’m gonna want to keep if I get that “press on the heart” feeling. It needs to move me first if it’s ever going to reach anybody else.

Has your music career altered your personal relationships? If so, how?

I’m on a very different path than most of my friends. My friends are in college studying for exams and writing essays and I’m making albums. Sometimes its hard to keep in touch when everybody is in different places all over the world. I wish I was better at it. But I always believe that with your best friends, even if you’ve been apart for many days, or months, or years, when you reunite it feels like it always did.

What was the most crucial factor that lead to you to deciding to leave college in pursuit of music? What was the hardest thing to leave behind?

During the first semester of college I was doing a lot of songwriting and recording. There was a lot happening around the movie that I had written 2 songs for “The Women”. At the same time, I had 10 page essays and reading to do and it didn’t feel like I could fully devote myself to music while at school–when music was in fact what I truly wanted to be doing. I think the hardest thing to leave behind was that feeling of being a kid. Because as much as you’d like to think of yourself as a sophisticated adult when you are at college, you are still a ways away from living in the “real world” and having a career.

Aside from music, is there anything else you are hoping to accomplish in the future that perhaps you had to put aside for the time being?

I don’t know if its an accomplishment per say, but I really want a dog. A cute one. It’s hard to adopt an animal when there’s always the possibility that you might be on the road for a while…..but that’s why I’m going to train my dog to play the tambourine and sing backup and then I can take him on the road with me.

Are there any opportunities or experiences that you were able to take advantage of because of your music? Why was this significant?

I’ve gotten to collaborate with so many artists that I admire. I’ve recently recorded with Landon Pigg and Aqualung and John Doe…all incredible musicians. I am also a huge fan of the show “So You Think You Can Dance” and I’ve always dreamed of working with the choreographer Sonya Tayeh. So I came up with this crazy scheme that I was gonna do a music video for “Graveyard” and write to her and ask her to choreograph it. And she said yes! The video is not out yet, but I’m really excited for people to see it!

What would you say is most unique to your personal style as a musician? Why?

Well, I guess this isn’t quite my style…yet….but I’ve been thinking of getting bright red streaks in my hair. Never too late for some good-old-fashioned teenage rebellion, eh?

What are you hoping to achieve as a musician and how does this motivate you?

I want to continue to grow as an artist and songwriter. I hope that my most recent album will always be my favorite. And hopefully, more and more people will know my music.

Is there any moment that stands out in your mind as the most pivotal turning point in your music career? How did you change as a person?

A pivotal moment was performing “Darling I Do” (the song I wrote with Landon Pigg for Shrek 4) on Jay Leno. That’s was definitely a surreal moment going home and watching myself play music on the TV. But you celebrate it, and the next day comes and it’s really no different. I’m still moving forward, trying to make music and have it be heard, I’m just one step closer.



Interview by:
Tessa Abrahams