Lauren Pritchard: an interview

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Freshair:  So you moved away from Jackson when you were 16, what made you want to leave?

Lauren Pritchard:
I knew that I wanted to be a singer and a songwriter, but I knew I didn’t want to do it in Nashville because I
knew country music wasn’t my sort of thing. Being as near to Nashville as I was, I thought people wouldn’t take
me that seriously so that was my main reason for wanting to leave.

FA: You then went on to join a reggae band, what initially attracted you to reggae?

LP: Well I had always listened to reggae music and artists like Bob Marley. When I was in the band I got further
into other reggae artists but there is a lot of soul and feeling that goes into the music. It’s like an evolved version
of traditional African music where it’s a release of pain and strife and suffering. Reggae has a lot of meaning
behind it and it also makes you feel really good.

FA: Having been part of a successful Broadway show, would you ever consider going back?

LP: I would, but the thing about it is that you have to make a full life commitment when you’re doing that. It takes
over every piece of time you have in your whole life so when you do that you have to be in a place where you
are able to commit fully. I don’t think I would do it for a long time, I would definitely just want to do it for a bit

 FA: We hear you lived with Lisa Marie Presley at one point, what was it like living with the Princess of
Rock ‘n Roll?


LP: She was like my surrogate mom. She was lovely but I don’t really talk about it.

FA: Has she influenced your music?

LP: She has always been an inspiration and I admire her and her music very much – I’m a big fan. Personally, I think
she has a lot that she wants to say, not just about her own life, but also about what’s going on in the world and I
think her music is really strong because of that.

FA:  What was it like working with Mumford & Sons?

LP:
Awesome, they’re super talented, they’re amazing. This was the first thing Marcus had ever produced and we
met and we talked about the song and what we both heard from it. He really made that song come alive for me.
He has so much energy and he captured exactly what I wanted from that.

FA: Who’s your favourite artist at the moment?

LP:
I really love Katy B, I think she’s amazing and I really love Lissie. There’s a band I’m listening to called Edward
Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - they’re from LA and just starting to make headway over here. They’ve been on
the stage quite a bit and they are unbelievable. Their record has been on repeat since March.

FA: Tell us about playing Glastonbury this year.

LP
: We played on a small stage but it was amazing just to be there because it’s the first music festival I’ve ever been
to. There are lots of festivals in the states but it’s a lot more spread out than it is here and you have to be in the
right place at the right time to get to the right festival. Playing Glastonbury was amazing though - we played on
the Orange Chill N Charge stage straight after Newton Faulkner. The audience was great and you get a great
vibe off everyone because people are just there for the music. That’s everyone’s focus and everybody’s goal is to
see as many acts as possible. It’s really special to be a part of that.

FA:You’re debut album ‘Wasted in Jackson’ is out on the 25th of October, what’s it inspired by?

LP: It’s inspired by the past couple of years that I’ve lived over here. I had quite a lengthy break up and it’s
written very honestly about that.

FA: What’s your favourite track off the album?

LP: At the moment, my favourite track is a song called ‘try a little harder’.

FA: So you’ve recently been on the road as part of the island life tour, how’s that gone so far?

LP:
Really good, it’s a blast, getting time to spend with other english groups and we all get along so it’s really
nice.

FA: We see you’ve been performing in high-street stores, have you performed in any other unusual locations?

LP: We did a gig in River Island, Manchester - it was really random but good fun. The most random location I’ve
ever done a gig in was at a food festival and it was next to where they were auctioning off sheep. That was in
Earle’s Court this summer.

FA: What’s the most unusual question you’ve ever been asked?

LP:
Someone has created a wikipedia page for me - I don’t know who - but they’ve apparently written that I was part
of a girl group. So someone asked me ‘what was it like to be in a girl group?’ and I was like ‘what? I never was,
where did you get that?’ They said that wikipedia told them it was true so I said ‘well I am the wikipedia page.’

FA: If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you have?

LP: I would be ranch dressing. I love ranch dressing!

FA: If there was any song you could cover what would it be?

‘LP: Don’t let it bring you down’ by Neil Young.

Pearl from Pearl and the Puppets

FA: Where’s your most unusual gig location?

PPP: I played on a boat once at Secret Garden Party, but it was a boat that was in a tree house and I didn’t even realise
while I was playing and I was like ‘Huh… guys are we playing in a tree house?’ So I’ve played in a tree house/
boat.

Are you doing the rest of the Island tour with Lauren?

PPP: I’m not, I’m only doing tonight, although I was supposed to do the whole tour but I had some bad news so I
dropped out.

FA: What’s the most unusual question you’ve ever been asked?

PPP: How do you eat your banana?

FA: How do you eat your banana?

PPP: Like a normal person.

FA: If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you have?

PPP: Balsamic vinegar and olive oil! Whenever you go to a restaurant you just have to have the complementary bread
with balsamic vinegar and olive oil – it’s so good.

FA: Why are you called ‘Pearl and the Puppets’?

PPP: I go by the name of Pearl as my stage name which came about one day when I was having drinks with my
manager and we were thinking maybe it should just be the one name. Then one of my friends was saying ‘well
you have a very nice voice, very soft, very special…’ using all these imaginative words, then someone said ‘hey,
you just described a pearl there’. So we started off as ‘Pearl’ and then I got booked for my first gig in London
and I checked the line up which was all heavy metal so I thought ‘ooo, what’s going on there?’ Apparently
there’s another Pearl who is in fact Meatloaf’s daughter. So then, I don’t know why, but it just came to me. I
thought ‘hmm… puppets – I like that word’ and it was a bit of a joke at first, but it stuck.

FA: Does your mum call you Pearl as well?

PPP: She calls me Pearly-pops usually and she only calls me Katie when I’m getting into trouble now. You know that
way they use your full name when you get into trouble, well now she uses my real name.

FA: If you could cover any song, what would it be?

PPP: It would be ‘skinny love’ by Bon Iver which I have in fact already covered with the other support act tonight,
Tinashé. We’re really good mates and we’re both obsessed with Bon Iver so we recorded it and put it up on
youtube.

FA: Are there any artists that have influenced your music?

PPP: I’m a big fan of Feist and Regina Spektor too.

FA: When’s the album out?

PPP: The album’s out in February but people tend to change the date sometimes. I’m going to release a
Christmas song that I’ve covered first and I have a few gigs lined up with The Hoosiers in the meantime.
 

 Interview by Emma Garthwaite and Bijal

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