We had the good fortune of connecting with Lucy Peru and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lucy, why did you pursue a creative career?
I pursued an artistic/creative career because it felt like home to me. I gravitate towards what I love, and what I love the most has always been the arts and creativity. A pivotal moment for me was when I was given a very small classical guitar at the age of eight. I bought a Joni Mitchell songbook and started to learn one of the songs when I realized I wanted to sing about my own thoughts and feelings- not someone else’s. I wrote my first song about pancakes. I was so in love with that tiny guitar; I took it everywhere! There was an enormous, beautiful tree in the backyard that I loved to climb, so I’d carry my guitar up the tree with me (no easy feat!) and perch on the highest branch and write little songs. I loved living in the world of the imagination. I still love recreating and deconstructing the world, and making up entirely new worlds. Sometimes we get little clues into our future when we’re young.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
It’s most important for me to follow my heart. To be true to myself, even if people don’t like the direction I’m headed. I have to listen to myself first. And of course, I hope people like it! I’m interested in expressing whatever needs to be expressed, as honestly as possible, in whatever form is most suitable at that moment. It might be a song, an *arts & leisure* episode, or, who knows… Right now, I’m very excited about my new single, “spring ll”, that will be released at the end of June, 2022. Co-produced and mixed by the amazing Mike Schmid, it’s about my impression of the season: the colors, images, sounds, scents, energy, memories, and daydreams of… This is the first of four new songs that will become my new EP. I’m also excited to release the new music video for “spring ll”, directed by the brilliant visual artist/sculptor, Jason Meadows. And, I’m excited about my new *arts & leisure* episodes! The *arts & leisure* episodes are comedy vignettes about the arts, and leisure time. The episodes are not about making fun of people, rather being amused and charmed by human nature. Episode One, “The Vegan Dinner”, was inspired by a dinner party I attended. A lovely person whom I’d just met at the party said they hoped there were a lot of vegan options at the dinner because they were vegan. They then said they had eaten a chicken taco for lunch, but they’re vegan most of the time. “The Vegan Dinner” was then born! It’s about someone who doesn’t quite understand that it’s probably best if a vegan dinner is 100%, not 90%, vegan. The next *arts & leisure* episode, “New Haircut”, will be directed by Brad Griffith and will star Amber Tozer. It will be released in July, 2022. The *arts & leisure* episodes are about the charm of human nature. We’re all crazy little humans doing the best we can. One minute, I’ve decided to remove all sugar from my diet, and in the next moment I’m ordering a hot chocolate with a friend. One minute, I have infinite patience, and the next moment I can’t seem to muster the tiniest bit of grace. The spirit of *arts & leisure* is that! Human nature. Silliness. I hope people follow *lucy peru’s disco team* YouTube channel for *arts & leisure* episodes and music videos, and follow on Spotify and Instagram. And if they like what they hear and see, I hope they will share with their friends! I would be so thankful.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Ohh, there’s so much to experience here! I’d definitely do some museum visits: LACMA, Hammer, MOCA, Geffen Contemporary (I feel like I’m already leaving some out.), and gallery visits to my favorite, Hauser & Wirth, and a host of others all over the city. Where to eat would depend on whatever we were craving in the moment. LA food is fantastic. Maybe a super easy bite (Clark Street, Maru Coffee, Pine and Crane, and other beloved hidden-away cafes and street food), and then an elegant meal later in the evening. If they’ve never been to the Griffith Park Observatory, I’d definitely take them there to look through the refracting Zeiss telescope and see the stars at night or the city during the day… Maybe grab a bunch of friends, head to the beach or mountains, and go *bird watching*, which is code for *a picnic in a beautiful place with good friends, good food, binoculars, and my field guide to birds in North America*. (I did spot a Calliope Hummingbird once; I believe it’s the smallest bird in the Unites States!) It’d be fun to grab some iced coffees and do a drive around to all the great architecture in the city, and hear some music at night. There are such great clubs in town. I have to stop because I could go on and on. I’ve lived in many different cities- Paris, New York, Cairo, Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, and I love them all in different ways. LA has stolen my heart for now, for sure.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to thank my beautiful Mom, Dad, and sister for providing continuous support from the time I was old enough to hold a guitar or sit at a piano. They all passed away, too soon… I think of them every day. I’m so fortunate to have received their love and encouragement. I would also like to thank two dance professors I had in college who were brilliant teachers and artists, but were quite mean-spirited. As their student, I was forced to reach deep within to find some inner resource to carry me through. If it had been easy, I would never have discovered how strong the human spirit can be. This served me well as a young professional modern/ballet dancer in New York City, and it has also allowed me to hang on during difficult times. Hold on, one minute at a time, until *something wonderful* happens, because it will! I’m grateful for all the lovely people I’ve met, and all the lessons I’ve learned.
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