New Metropolis Lost Songs Project feat. Kirsty McQue

Today marks the return of innovative series - The Lost Songs Project. Created in partnership with world-famous and largest independent recording complex Metropolis Studios, its aim is to provide useful exposure to those songs which may otherwise have been left unheard.

The brainchild of songwriter, music philanthropist and all-round good guy Alun Davies (known under acronymic pseudonym - ADMAN), each volume provides the chance for a stellar collective of individual, unsigned songwriters to record, mix and master their track, with support provided by the iconic studios in West London and some leading session musicians. This group join the extensive award winning list of artists to record and mix tracks at Metropolis, including Queen, U2, Adele and Rihanna. 

The second volume, comprised of 16 songs - sees LCoM alumna Kirsty McQue (BA Pop 2015) make the final shortlist with her piece 'You and I'. Kirsty was chosen out of over 1,000 submissions to feature on the album. Ahead of this release, we spoke with Kirsty to ask her about her journey since leaving LCoM and learn why she decided to get involved in the Lost Songs Project...

Q: Why did you decide to submit ‘You and I’ to the Metropolis ‘Lost Songs Project?

A: I often research what record labels are doing to search for unsigned musicians, which is how I stumbled across 'The Lost Songs' Project. I thought it was a great concept - so I submitted 3 songs: my personal favourite, my most popular and my second most popular track.
 
Q: The Lost Songs Project aims to seek out the very best songs that have been written but never published or recorded, running the risk of being “lost” – how important is this kind of platform for a musician?

A: This is so important. Currently, everything revolves around how you market yourself via a social media presence, or by collaborating with people who have a big enough following to provide a platform.
 
It’s very refreshing for a label to offer you a way to get your songs listened to by a large number of people, entirely based on the quality of your song as opposed to your digital presence or following. It provides greater accessibility for many musicians.
 
Q: How did it feel to be selected for the album?

A: I was very surprised and very happy. I've always written music for myself - for the enjoyment rather than pushing it as a career... In all honesty I had actually forgotten I had submitted it!
 
Q: You have an impressive following on SoundCloud and have gathered a lot of interest in your music – how did you go about building this following?

A: I built it up slowly, making sure I had strong images and artwork to use - collaborating with photographers and graphic designers.
 
The E.P I wrote was based on the '6 Degrees of Separation' concept - the idea that everyone is connected in the world by 6 or less steps (i.e. friends of friends). Building and extending a network by utilising this concept is a great way to build a loyal fan base, particularly when you’re able to combine this process with travelling and working abroad.
 
Finally, I previously worked on a radio show in Leeds and was fortunate enough to have Mr. Revillz Youtube Channel repost a couple of my tracks - which really helped to promote them. Promotion has mainly been through word of mouth and collaborating with different producers.
 
Q: What have you been working on since leaving LCoM? 

A: I currently work for a variety of electronic music festivals, focusing on events management and artist liaison. However PR, marketing and working in recording studios have also played a significant role in my career to date. These jobs have enabled me to work across the world in countries including Croatia/Ibiza/France/Morocco alongside the UK and I'm extremely grateful for that.
 
I keep songwriting as something I do for fun and as a way to express myself as opposed to paying rent from it.
 
Q: We’ve seen you’re on the road quite a bit. How do you draw inspiration for songwriting from your surroundings/the environment you’re in?

A: Everyone writes in different ways. For me - the more I explore and meet new people from different backgrounds, the more I learn about myself as a person. These encounters provide multiple ideas for songs.

I always tend to write from a feeling or emotion I have gained in a place. Colour, beautiful scenery and sunshine really help me feel more creative.

Q: What’s coming up next for you? 

A: We shall see… a lot of exciting things for sure! For me that involves more festivals, working on tours with bands, travelling and further collaboration opportunities with producers.
 
I will also be releasing a new song a couple of weeks after The Lost Songs Compilation comes out- one that I have been working on for a long time!

You can find out more about the Lost Songs Project - here

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