Lapsley at WFUV (photo by Sarah Burns)
Liverpool-based producer, singer and songwriter Holly Fletcher, who records as Låpsley began as many young musicians do—recording her own music in her bedroom using a keyboard, Garageband and a microphone that cost her all of £90.
Although classically trained, Låpsley was drawn to the Merseyside rave scene and she revered artists who bridged lyricism and electronica, like James Blake and Ghostpoet. After releasing her music via Soundcloud, Låpsley found herself with an enthusiastic music blog following. Record label interest kicked in swiftly and she earned both an BBC Introducing slot at Glastonbury in 2014 and inclusion on the BBC Sound of 2015 longlist.
Låpsley released her debut album, Long Way Home, in early March. She has worked hard for this moment and like any smart young producer, she rebels against being pigeonholed as just another pop vocalist. When I spoke with her in Studio A, we discussed her work as co-producer with Rodaidh McDonald, known for his work with The xx and Savages, and her admiration for Kurt Vile too.