She’s the Irish singer-songwriter who recently released her synth-y single “I’ll Be Fine”. And amid her ongoing tour through the UK and Ireland with Boyzlife, Lesley Roy has proven that she most definitely is.
Earlier this month the “Story of My Life” and “Maps” hitmaker caught up with me and Deban backstage following her gig at Indigo at the O2 in London.
Lesley is known for encouraging healthy discussions about mental health — and sometimes that comes through loud and clear in her music. Her bright and happy release “I’ll be Fine” is all about picking yourself up after you fall. It was born of her sadness in the aftermath of the Eurovision semi-final.
“We wrote that a day, maybe two days after the semi final when we knew we didn’t get through,” she says. “We were dealing with the highs and lows of all of it — the entire experience. [“Maps” co-writers Philip Strand and Emelie Eriksson] and I were still in Rotterdam and still stuck in our hotel room. We said, ‘You know what? Let’s write about it.'”
“‘I’ll Be Fine’ is all about trying to talk yourself into to feeling okay again. And trying to remember what it was like to be okay. You know you were okay at one point. You’re not right there, but you will be.”
“I just wanted to do something dance-y, and simple and synth-y that didn’t have the weight of a country behind it or the pressure.”
Our girl is committed to keep dancing and is move on to bigger and better things. As she sings: “I’ll be fine / I take the pleasure with the pain / When I dance it off my mind / So I keep dancing on, I keep dancing on / Till I dance it off my mind.”
Lesley’s set at the O2 ended with her two Eurovision songs, and she closed with “Story of My Life” rather than her more recent song “Maps”. We asked her why.
“I was closing with ‘Maps’ a few weeks ago and that was fine. It goes down really well. They love the Eurovision stories, which is just fantastic. But it’s almost like ‘Maps’…it almost needs its own little thing, its own moment for people to digest it who haven’t heard it before. Because ‘Story’ has the na na na part to it it feels like a better closer.”
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It’s not a matter of personal preference — she can’t choose between her two babies.
“Is ‘Teenage Dream’ a better song or ‘Hot n Cold?’ It’s so hard. It’s a different period of your life, of being a songwriter, of Eurovison.”
“‘Story of My Life’ is like a sing-a-long. ‘Maps’ is sing-a long too. But it’s also like, ‘Okay, wait a minute. What am I doing with my life? I’m searching for something. This girl is singing something very emotional. We better take some notes here. It’s a little bit more emo.”
Have you had a chance to see Lesley perform live? Did you attend a Boyzlife concert? Let us know what you thought in the comments box down below!
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