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Interview with singer Laura Mvula

4 March 2015 Laura Stevens

BRIT nominee, Laura Mvula, performed with The Metropole Orkest in Amsterdam and it's being screened globally on 5 March. London Calling caught up with the singer to hear about this exciting new venture.

London Calling: Can you tell me about your concert that is being screened?

Laura Mvula: It’s a concert with the Metrople Orkest that I did a while ago. It’s an orchestral version of Sing to the Moon that was my debut album.

LC: Why did you choose to screen this concert?

LM: It wasn’t really a choice of mine in that way - it was an opportunity. It came about because my manager has lots of great ideas and this was one of them.

I remember the first time he tried to explain it to me I didn’t really understand it because the concept of a concert in a cinema – I had never heard of it before!

For me it made sense with this particular kind of concert because it’s so epic, and it makes sense for it to be viewed in a cinema because of how vast it is.

LC: Is it important to do these screenings? Do you do it to make your work more accessible?

LM: It wasn’t part of some big plan of my mine - I didn’t have that kind of vision. We’re always looking for new ways for people to access this music in all sorts of formats.


LC: Were you keen that it was screened internationally, and not just in the UK?

LM: No this is really something, like a lot of things in my journey that was presented to me as a concept already developed. I haven’t added anything to it - I’m receiving it as a gift.

I feel like a punter myself, even though it’s my show! I feel as if I’ve been given an opportunity.

LC: Are you doing a live introduction?

LM: Yes that’s right. I’m not really sure – I’m not one for talking. I’ve agreed to sing some songs and I think there may be a Q&A.

 

 

LC: When the concert was being filmed did you perform any differently?

LM: I really forgot about the cameras this time – this particular company seemed to be expert at being invisible. I wasn’t really aware of it at all.

It happened as a normal show really, and that’s testament to the company because I’ve done things before when that’s not been the case.

It’s really easy for cameras to suck the life out of something!

LC: Will this be the first time you’ll see it as well on the 5 March?

LM: Well I don’t know if I will actually. Some people think it’s quite strange that I’m not interested in seeing myself in that way. But I was there!

I really valued that experience, it was a magical moment.

LC: What was the latest gig you went to yourself?

LM: I went to see D’Angelo at the Apollo.

LC: Who are you listening to at the minute?

LM: I’m listening to Disclosure – I just did a workout and was listening to them.

LC: Have tickets sold well for London shows?

LM: I’m not sure I’m too frightened to find out. I’ve always been that way with ticket sales it’s like something with my shows. I don’t really know unless I hear that it’s sold out.

I would rather just turn up and deal with whatever!

Laura Mvula live at the Paradiso, Amsterdam on 5 March. Find out your nearest screening here.

 

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