Interview: "familiar stranger" - Lexie Carroll
You are such an incredibly talented songwriter, and your new single “familiar stranger” is further proof of that. What happened in your life that inspired you to write this song?
Lexie: Thank you!! Ooh this song wasn’t one where I drew from my own experiences but it’s a story that I’ve definitely seen play out a lot- where people end up having to cross paths and be around an ex again and it always seems so awkward so i thought it would be fun to write about. There are definitely a lot of bits of me in there though like my inability to say things I don’t mean and “play cool”.
What inspired you to start writing your own music when you were younger? And congrats on being all your success in the Song Academy Songwriter Competition these last few years!
Lexie: It’s so strange because I can never pinpoint when I started writing and why but I’ve just always been writing bits of songs for as long as I can remember. I think what really got me into it properly though was Ed Sheeran because I just loved the way his lyrics all flowed together and were so satisfying to sing.
I love the music video for your new single. The use of the balloon is absolutely genius. What was one of your favorite memories from shooting this video?
Lexie: Ahh the whole day was so fun, I did it with Ruby Ballantyne who’s such a great person with the coolest video ideas. It was quite funny because it was really windy when we filmed it and there's one shot near the beginning where the balloon blew and wacked me in the face but it worked so well because it looks like we bumped into each other and adds to the weird awkward first date-ness. Also I got to go on a load of fairground rides and won a dinosaur !
I can’t wait to listen to your new EP ‘when the sun came up’ on April 22! What song are you most proud of and can’t wait for your fans to hear?
Lexie: definitely the last single, the sky looked nice today- the song is so special to me and it’s a very happy song about finding strength again.
How was your show at MAP Studio Café last week? It probably felt great to perform your work live in front of an audience!
Lexie: It was so fun !!!! To be honest though it was such a blur, I was so overwhelmed by all of the kind people there, my face felt so weird for days after from smiling so much haha. I can’t wait to do another one.
You are so extremely talented and I’m so excited to hear your new EP! What do you hope people take away from your music?
Lexie: I’d really like my music to be comforting in some way, I’ve always found so much safety and warmth from certain songs so it would be wonderful if I can contribute to that feeling for people.
Interviewed By Sarah Curry