Laura from Kid Cupid
Hello! I’m Laura and I’m singer in the band Kid Cupid. We are an alt-pop group based in London but I’m originally from Newcastle! We’ve been together for around 2 years now and are just about to release our debut EP ‘Unholy Ceremony’ on June 18th which is very exciting.
Tell us how you got started in your craft?
I’ve been writing songs since I was about 5 years old, you could always find me creating rhymes or performing to anyone who would listen. I guess that love never left me and I stuck at it, continued to write songs and began the never-ending process of discovering who I wanted to be as an artist. Although it’s been a lifelong thing it really took on a new life for me when I moved to London, I was able to connect with other bands and really started to see the business side of the craft. The Roundhouse was an amazing place for me during this time, I was able to use the studios there and take time to find a sound. My parents have really had the biggest influence on me getting into music, it’s always been a huge focal point in our home and they have allowed me the space and freedom to experiment as I was growing up. I was brought up on an eclectic mix of genres/bands and I have very fond memories of spending hours sifting through their record/cd collection. My dad plays bass so I have always been around instruments and wanted to learn for myself so tried guitar, the cornet and piano as well as singing lessons. I now write the bare bones of our Kid Cupid songs on the piano and we then take them into the studio to work on with the guys. My writing style and voice have evolved a lot of the years, it’s always funny (and sometimes painful!) to listen back to old songs and see just what a journey I’ve been on but look on it all as small stepping stones.
Tell us why feminism is important to you and how it influences your work?
I’ve grown up with the most amazing role model in my mum, who has instilled great values and whose strength continues to inspire me every day. To have that kind of grounding from a young age has really shaped the woman I am becoming. I have never felt lesser and have always been lucky enough to have an open dialogue with the role models in my life about these issues.
However, unfortunately I have experienced inequality as a woman repeatedly over the years. To feel like you matter, what you’re doing is valid and to feel like you’re being treated as an equal is so important and a basic human right. The music industry is tough for everyone trying to get heard but on top of that there’s also the fact it also still feels male dominated. I still come across the notion that women should be writing a certain way, creating a certain style of music or are simply seen as simply the ‘face’ of the band. I actually still have people who are surprised when I say I’ve written the songs. It’s my job as an artist to challenge this. We have to learn to take up more space and be comfortable doing so, saying I’m here and I’m not going anywhere! It influences every part of my work really, I’m so affected by my environment and experiences that it pours out into the songs, especially in this new EP. It’s a powerful thing to feel so much emotion but to be able to channel it into something really creative. However, that is also a very vulnerable place to put yourself, so having a strong female role model has really helped rise to the challenge. I’m also a huge believer in energy - women are so powerful, and I’m actually reading a book called ‘Women who Run with the Wolves’ by Clarissa Estes and it’s very inspiring, all about harnessing and recognising that energy.
What do you do to avoid feminist burnout? Whats your favourite self care practice?
Let’s face it, it can be extremely frustrating at times. The key thing we can do is to empower other women, raise each other up and channel our anger into something really creative and positive.
It’s actually taken me a little while but I’m finally realising the immense importance of self-care and self-love. After a very tough start to the year in which I started to suffer with my mental health,I turned to acupuncture and it has really changed things for me. Try it!! We really need to slow down, be present in the everyday otherwise life is just passing us by! When I start to feel low, the best thing I can do is get away and to get a new perspective, even if it’s just for a day. I’m very nomadic and hate to be in one place for too long!! Alongside that I absolutely love candles, putting on a record and chilling out in my little flat, taking my dog Winston for a long walk or sitting down to get creative and write some new material. BUT I’d say the greatest form of self-care is being around my amazing girl gang, we are each other’s absolute champions and biggest supporters, I feel incredibly lucky and wish all women had the same. A huge shout out to those girls!
Do you have any advice for anyone starting out in your field?
Don’t let anyone else tell you what to do or how to be. People will talk and try to offer you unwanted advice. Nothing worth doing ever comes without resistance, so block it out and continue doing you. It’s tough and there are times you will feel like giving up, but just never ever stop, keep pushing through, stay true to yourself and create material you love. Pour endless love and passion into your projects, people notice that - it radiates and only good things can happen.