Camden Close - Up: Lazy Day
Love Camden loves its local talent. We aim to celebrate everything cultural in the borough, from Hampstead to Kilburn, from the British Library to that little café around the corner - we are always out to show what Camden has to offer. As part of this we launched our Camden Close-Up series: interviews with artists, thinkers, entrepreneurs and downright interesting figures that live, work or are inspired by the borough.
This month we interviewed Tilly Scantlebury from the band Lazy Day, who will be performing at Camden Rocks this summer. Lazy Day began as the bedroom solo project of Tilly, who quickly gained extensive attention and praise, then expanding to a four-piece band.
1. What would you would do if you weren’t doing this? What would your parallel life look like?
If I wasn't a musician then I'd be a very emotionally constipated person living a much more normal life.
2. What do you think is most important: luck, opportunity or hard-graft?
I feel like this is a trick question, because you probably need a killer combination of all three. That's like the holy trinity!
3. What has been your most career defining moment to date and why?
The biggest best and scariest decision was when I decided to take Lazy Day from being just a lonely bedroom project to being a live rock n roll band, and finding my favourite people to play music with.
4. What are you most proud of and what are you least proud of, and why?
When it comes to Lazy Day I'm most proud of the way that we come together as a weird and wonderful family, and how I always try to share and spread the good stuff. I'm least proud of my tendency to be extremely neurotic.
5. What does Camden mean to you?
Camden holds so many memories for me; going to the market with my mum when I was really small, going to school, cycling to the swimming pool, sitting in the park, walking my dog, rehearsing music. And nowadays it also means still living with my parents and wondering if I'll ever leave.
Lazy Day began in 2014 as the solo bedroom project of Tilly Scantlebury. After recording her songs in her makeshift bedroom studio, news about Lazy Day spread so quickly that she put together her now four-piece band. Joined by Beni Evans on drums, Liam Hoflay on lead guitar and Kris Lavin on bass, the warmth and energy they have onstage as a unit is infectious. Everyone's invited to the party, nobody is left out.
Their debut EP 'Ribbons' was released in September 2017, followed by their latest offering 'Letters' in March 2019. Funded by the PRS and Festival Republic ReBalance scheme, their releases have been supported by Lauren Laverne and Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music, Huw Stephens on Radio 1, John Kennedy on Radio X, as well as DIY, GoldFlakePaint, Line of Best Fit and Amazing Radio. On top of selling out a string of headline shows, Lazy Day have toured with Jay Som, Alex Lahey and Amber Arcades, and are set to play their biggest shows yet with Bloc Party this summer.
This autumn tour follows a summer packed with festivals including Latitude, The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City, Community, Kendal Calling, Camden Rocks and Y Not? Festival and more. Come see them play and cry while you dance.
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Upcoming Summer Shows:
Sunday 2nd June - Camden Rocks Festival
Saturday 8th June - Wharf Chambers, Leeds
Sunday 30th June - Community Festival
Friday 5th July - Manchester Castlefield Bowl w/ Bloc Party
Saturday 20th July - Latitude Festival
Saturday 27th July - Kendal Calling
Sunday 28th July - Y Not Festival
Friday 9th August - Glasgow, Bandstand KelvinGrove Park w/ Bloc Party
Saturday 19th October - Wild Paths Festival