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BTS: LAURA MISCH

We head behind the scenes on her tour with Alfa Mist.

We caught up with Laura Misch on her latest tour with Alfa Mist. Laura is a saxophonist, producer and singer-songwriter from London that is on the forefront of a new generation of jazz. Lonely City is her latest project defining urban living electronically.

The Misch family really has its groove (Laura is the sister of Tom, in case you didn’t clock) and her productions have a personal connection that you can literally feel, and we’re totally obsessed.

We grabbed five minutes backstage with her to find out more.

How has your tour been supporting Alfa Mist?
I’ve known Alfa since I started making music – he played keys on my first project, so it’s been really wonderful to watch his music grow and people to clock on to what a genius he is and being on tour felt like confirmation of that. Also, he has the nicest band/team on earth, the crowds/crews were amazing and my friend/artist Ben came on tour with me which made it feel more like a collective rather than a solo tour which was exciting – we had some great long car chats bout future ideas.

Best gig you’ve ever played?
I once played on top of a mountain in Bulgaria – that had the best view, I love mountains!

What made you fall in love with the saxophone?
Because Lisa Simpson played it and I thought she was cool.

How much has your family had an impact on your music career?
They introduced me to classical music from an early age – I think that affected what I make in a big way especially the instrumental music I produce.

When was the first time you thought you want to be a part of music?
When I was 23, that’s when I started making my own music. I was working in a gallery in Peckham at the time.

What’s the story behind your latest project, Lonely City?
The Lonely City LP I made over a month in February, it’s inspired by a book called the lonely city by Olivia Laing. I remember reading it and feeling she was writing about loneliness in a way I’d felt but could never express. The records pretty sonically abstract but there’s lots of layers of meaning behind every lyric and sound – I’m going to do a podcast on it soon.

What other artists do you enjoy listening to?
Today I listened to Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Laurel Halo and Lucinda Chua.

What do you get up to when you’re not producing music?
I produce 24/7! (Not always but have been known to).

How much do you enjoy producing music?
I love to produce, on some level, especially when making a pop song, producing is like designing and building a house for your voice to rest in!! I love grand designs tv programme so maybe producing is my version of that (it’s much cheaper).

Tell us one thing we don’t know about you?
I’ve suffered from anxiety for years but find performing can at times actually be one of the most peaceful spaces I find myself in it’s like this all or nothing space.

What’s the dream for Laura Misch in the producing world?
The dream is to keep creating and that the music will bring a natural orbit of listeners, collaborators, off-shoots whom gravitate towards it – it’s been pretty organic up until now.

What’s next?
I’m half way through the next project, it’s much bigger than anything I’ve done before – collaborative too.

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BTS: LAURA MISCH

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