An Interview With Lauran Beth
Lauran Beth just dropped a fresh single dubbed "Shadow Doll" and it's a beautiful and youthful singer songwriter track with a theatrical feel to it and some alternative rock undertone.
The track has edge and a ton of honesty while showcasing Beth's gorgeous vocal approach.
The song is relatable and you get addicted to Beth's haunting voice as it crawls under your skin and gains power and intensity while the song plays on.
There's plenty of heart and passion in her performance and it shines through with every passing second.
"Shadow Doll" is a beautiful follow up to her "11 Years" single also released this year which has a more up swing alt-rock style to it.
With such powerful songwriting, we had to have a chat with Beth to find out where this all came from, and what's next.
TSWS: Okay Lauran, let's start with "Shadow Doll". This track has a unique almost theatrical feel to it
that combines an ambient tone and soulful vocals. Where did this song come from?
Lauren: I wrote this song back in March, at the start of lockdown. It was really late at night, and I guess I
was just angry at the world and people who have let me down. I got out of bed and grabbed a
random copy and just started writing! The song came to me really quickly, but I never had the
intention of letting others hear it. Once I was thinking of other songs to upload to my YouTube
channel, I experienced a moment of fake confidence and decided to upload the song, and my
friends and family really liked it. The rest is history :)
TSWS: How would you compare this to your previous releases "Just Breathe, Baby"
and "11 years"?
Lauren: I would definitely say that ‘Shadow Doll’ is a lot more honest and naturally raw than compared to my
other two songs. Whilst “Just Breathe, Baby” and “11 Years” conveyed subjects and messages that I
really believed in, I did not feel as nervous when thinking about other people hearing them. With
‘Shadow Doll’, the message is somewhat brutally honest and contained themes like toxic friendships and
relationships I’ve had – topics I’ve never talked about publicly before. I was definitely a bit nervous
thinking about other people listening to a song that meant a lot to me, but I’m so grateful that I can
share it with others who might feel a similar way.
TSWS: How long have you been doing this? How did this all start for you?
Lauren: Even though I began to play traditional Irish music at seven, the major turning point was when I was
gifted with a guitar for Christmas at eleven years of age. I instantly became hooked, and began teaching
myself the bass guitar, ukulele and piano. I wrote my first proper song called ‘Thoughts’ when I was
fourteen, and instantly learned to love the art of songwriting and writing in general. My main influences
and inspirations to begin playing music were my role models like Avril Lavigne, 5 Seconds Of Summer,
Green Day and The 1975. As time went on, my music taste broadened greatly as I learned more about
myself as an artist.
TSWS: What next for you as an artist? Anything in the works even now?
Lauren: I’m always songwriting and coming up with new ideas, so I cannot wait to hopefully release more
original music in the future! Until then, I’ll always be playing music that I connect to and posting them
on YouTube and Instagram when I feel inspired :)
TSWS: Did you used to play live shows before? Do you think you'll be planning gigs when the time
Lauren: Live shows are not something I am particularly experienced in, but I would love to play live at some
point! Hopefully when the world heals, I can make that come true. I always enjoyed busking in my local
towns and in Galway City, so I cannot wait to get back to that too.
TSWS: What does someone like you do when you're not working on music?
Lauren: My life is pretty hectic with school work and study at the moment, so when I’m not doing school work or
playing music, I like to just chill and keep myself occupied by going for walks or talking to friends and
family. I like exercising, but it takes a lot of motivation! Music is always at the forefront of my life, and I
am always looking for ways to improve.
TSWS: What kind of advice would you give other aspiring artists out there just trying to get heard?
Lauren: I would say to just continue doing what you’re doing, and have faith in yourself and your talent. Be
yourself unapologetically, because if you’re not, you are not sharing art that you are genuinely proud of,
and you’re not having fun.
TSWS: What sort of non-musical things influence you to write?
Lauren: One of my main influences is hearing about other people’s lives and their stories. If I hear a unique story
that I am intrigued by or that inspires me, I almost feel compelled to write about it and experience it
from my own point of view. A lot of the songs I write are actually not about me! Other than that, I write
a lot about my own personal experiences and emotions that I don’t always feel comfortable talking
about. I tend to be sensitive at the best of times, so there is always something at the back of my mind
that is worth writing about :)
TSWS: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of your music?
Lauren: I would just like to say that I am so grateful for everyone who listens to my music, and I am so
thankful for those who want to hear what I have to say through my music. Without the support I
have been given, I would not be able to express myself in such a fulfilling way. Thank you so