British band LAWSON was down in Singapore for their first ever showcase. With hits such as Standing In The Dark, Learn to Love Again, Taking Over Me and When She Was Mine. Kenneth Wong had the chance to have a chat with Andy, Adam, Joel and Ryan to find out what their creative process was like and how life has changed after fame.
POPCulture Online: Congratulations on the release of your debut album Chapman Square and on your showcase last night (5 Apr 2013).
It looks like the future is gonna be great for Lawson but what do you think was your life changing moment?
LAWSON: Our life changing moment would probably be when we first performed together. It was that moment that we realised that we could actually do this! From then on we just did lots and lots of gigs but you always remember that very first gig you played because it always sticks out that way and so that has to rank as the most special one we’ve done.
POPCulture Online: What’s the craziest thing a fan has done for you so far?
LAWSON: In Thailand the fans all got on little motobikes and chased the van and they would catch up with the van and sort of bang on the side of the van. We actually got a photo of it and it looked pretty fun.
POPCulture Online: Of all the songs on Chapman Square which is favourite song and why?
Adam: I’d go for the track Gone, it’s a rocky one and it’s very upbeat and I like that it has a lot of “sing along” sort of vocals.
Andy: I’d probably choose Standing In The Dark, which is a really personal song for me. When I wrote it I was going through a really hard time. I had just split up with a girlfriend who I was madly in love with. Yeah so seeing how well that song has done all over the world does make me feel like maybe I really didn’t need her anyway or I’m better off without her so yeah that’s probably the most special song for me.
POPCulture Online: Now that you’ve been signed on professionally, what do you think has changed for the band?
LAWSON: Mostly it’s the amount of people at gigs. When we first started we maybe saw like 10 or 12 people in the audience and for us that was a good gig. In the UK we really felt that much of a change because it’s taken us about 5 years to get to where we are today. It’s all be quite subtle and gradual to build. But again there are some big changes like when we were in Thailand the other day and we had a police escort and we got mobbed at the airport by so many fans. Then that’s where you feel a change. We had never been to Thailand and here we were thinking that we could just turn up and walk through the city but no, we needed police escorts so that’s where you go “wow, things have changed” because we never used to need a police escort.
POPCulture Online: What’s the creative process like when it comes to picking songs?
Andy: Usually I write songs on the acoustic guitar and then I’d get the rest of the guys and ask them what they think about it. Then with the ones we agree on and like we try to put it together as a band and make it more “Lawson”. Usually the inspiration is from just everyday life senarios but mostly about love. Kinda like how Adele writes about being heartbroken and all that and I think that’s the best thing to write about because people all over the world experiences that.
POPCulture Online: Where do you see yourselves in 10 years.
LAWSON: That’s a good question. I think we just like to be doing gigs and tours to be honest. We’ve only been to Asia, America and the UK and there’s still so many other places in the world that we haven’t been to so we’d really like to just do tours around the world the way bands like Coldplay do but you have to start somewhere so hopefully in 10 years we’ll be playing in stadiums all over the world.
POPCulture Online: Ok, you’ve got your album out and you’re going around the world touring, so what’s next for the band for the rest of the year?
LAWSON: After our trip to Asia we go back to England for a couple of days and then we’re off to the U.S. to shoot the music video for our next video. There should be more new music for the rest of the year as well as touring and we’re part of a festival in the summer as well so it’s looking like a busy year. I think most importantly you will be hearing some new music towards the middle or end of this year definitely.
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