IN FOR QUESTIONING: We had to ‘Bang, Bang, Bang’ out an interview with indie-pop sensation Lauran Hibberd.

You know the deal, we love an artist and we suspect you will too so we use our magical powers to track them down to find out more. These q and a’s can range from short dull answers to much, much more; Lauran proves that she’s not only a hit with words in her songs, but can string together a banging interview. Have a check what happened when we quizzed her…

Hi Lauran, how are you? 2019 ended with you being a ‘ones to watch’ artist on many people’s list, you dropped your debut EP and closed the year with another single, you headed out on your headline tour and toured with The Regrettes; how are things feeling for you and for the band right now?

“Last year was incredible, ticked off some real bucketlist things.”

Hey! I’m great thanks. Feeling pretty kinda, okay more like beyond excited for things to come. Last year was incredible, ticked off some real bucketlist things like playing Glastonbury, a live session at Maida Vale for BBC Radio 1, touring with Hippo Campus and The Regrettes (PLAYING SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE!). I think I still need pinching…

You’re quite literally opening the year with a Bang, Bang, Bang straight back into a new single. Last year you dropped a string of singles which then became the work of the Everything Is Dogs EP. Since then you’ve dropped singles Sweat Patch and Bang, Bang, Bang; what is the next phase of Lauran Hibberd and how do these two singles fit into that?

“You’ll always know it’s me – but sometimes I’ll shock you, and make you cry instead of laugh.”

The next phase potentially leans towards how my influences are starting to change slightly. I think I’ll struggle to ditch that sense of humour I’ve planted in the way I write, so that to a degree will always be a distinguishing factor of who I am as an artist. I’m working on a second EP at the moment, and am finding it really fun experimenting with new ways of writing, and working with new sounds and
even new people. So I’d say, you’ll always know it’s me – but sometimes I’ll shock you, and make you cry instead of laugh.

For an emerging artist you’re having some of the most fun out there with your music videos. How do the ideas for the videos come about? And how much do the videos influence the songs and the songs influence the videos?

For me, the second I have finished writing a track – I can see the video in my head. Normally because my lyrics use a lot of imagery, and I can see a story or a theme ahead of anything. I always come up with a video concept, and if it played out how I envisioned it first – it would cost me a million quid. So my videographer normally takes my concept and brings it back down to my budgeted earth. This I
think, lends itself to why in fact they are funny. Because they are budget versions of extravagant funny concepts. I have a dark sense of humour, I think that filters in to everything I do – even talking on stage.

You’ve spoken about how Bang, Bang, Bang is about “the cycle of going back to the same person even when you know you shouldn’t and I guess the fallout of all of that”. Where does the autobiographical elements of the track finish and the fiction start? How much of the track is speaking from personal experience?

“[My songs are] are all real stories, relatable to 22-year-old girls.”

I am terrible about writing things I haven’t felt/experienced, and I think that’s why the tracks work. Because they are all real stories, relatable to 22-year-old girls. So I guess, things are fabricated but they always stem from my sad real life LOL. So unfortunately for me, this is based on a drawn out true story of my ever disappointing love life.

You’ve been quoted as saying that Bang, Bang, Bang is “built for the prom scene in ’10 Things I Hate About You’.” Where does the film feature in your top films of all time? And what other films would feature in that list?

I adore 10 things I hate about you, so it’s up there for me! It was the film that made me want to pick up a guitar, I watched Letters to Cleo play ‘I want you to want me’ about a million times on that outro scene. Alongside, anything Wes Anderson has ever made. Following Juno, 500 days of summer and Napoleon Dynamite.

The quote “built for the prom scene” suggests you had the thoughts in your head when you were writing it as to how your track would fit for the movie. Now the track is finished, if it was to be used for the movie how well do you think the end result would fit?

“If they ever wanna re make [of 10 Things I Hate About You], I’m here! P.S. [Bang, Bang, Bang] would DEFINITELY fit.”

I never went to prom, used to hate the idea and probably still do. But for me, I said that because the little sister in 10 things I hate about you, finally kinds of see’s prom for what it really is which is kinda superficial and she kicks that jock guy where it hurts. That’s where I would cue bang bang bang. If they ever wanna re make, I’m here! P.S. It would DEFINITELY fit.

You’re very early in your career to be diversifying into areas such as film scores, but what ambitions would you love to achieve in music other than albums and touring? And what other goals do you have, did you set any new year’s resolutions?

I would LOVE TO write a track that’s fit for a TV show theme. I love ‘California’, the theme to the OC by Phantom Planet. I’d love for there to be a cool new TV Show, an ode to “Freaks and Geeks” and for someone to call me up and let me write something for it. My new years resolutions to was to see more of the world, seen a lot of the UK and Europe but would love to do more out in the states etc. I
also need to drink more water and try doing a sit up every now and then haha.

It’s brilliant to see an artist managing to gain attention on the UK scene having come from The Isle Of Wight. What advice would you give to artists who are from small areas who find it difficult to get their voice heard?

“Instagram still works from the Isle of Wight so we’re getting there.”

Just don’t let that get in your way and use it to your advantage. Everyone lives in London, so use being from somewhere different to set you aside. Make sure you are still gigging in the right places and tackling the right people. I have never let it really become an obstacle for me, and I think that’s the most important thing. Also, Instagram still works from the Isle of Wight so we’re getting there.

Lastly, thanks for talking to us. The upcoming acts are always the best to get advice on the next acts coming through; what emerging acts have caught your attention recently?

I have chosen Abbie Ozard and Spyres to support me on my UK headline tour in Feb purely because they caught my attention and are both amazing up and coming acts right now. So definitely go and check these guys out! You won’t regret it.

Words: James Wadsworth @jamespart31.