Flying solo is a nice journey to take
Meet Lauren Kirby. Lauren is no stranger to performing live in front of big crowds or in a more intimate setting. She currently resides in Hanoi, Vietnam and is a very familiar face among musicians and lovers of music in this diverse and booming music scene.
At the age of eighteen she was in a bass player and singer in a punk band. This lasted for two years and they played gigs up and down the UK. They supported bands such as The Subhumans and Discharge, which in Lauren’s own words “Was cool as I never imagined playing with bands that I grew up listening to in my bedroom.” After she moved to Hanoi her musical journey became more nuanced as she started a two-piece project with a friend on guitar and her singing and playing ukulele. Their performances at open mics led to her being noticed. She then later joined an African band and discovered yet another genre to explore. The band King Louis and the Revolution still holds a special place in the hearts of many music lovers here in Hanoi.
Lauren recently decided to embark on a solo journey with her music. This is her first single. It is called ‘Louis’ Song’ and it reminds us of the vulnerability of loss and the beauty to be found in making peace with losing someone that shaped and changed your life forever. Although it is a very personal song it has a universal meaning. As people we learn and grow from all experiences. It shapes us into who we are and it makes us connect with the world in ways that are ever changing. Change always suggests growth and growth always suggests change. It is what we make of it that counts.
Lauren recently performed at the Super Soiree Festival in Hanoi Vietnam and from the crowd’s reactions it was clear that she has found her voice as a solo artist, songwriter and captivating performer. During her 35-minute set the music took listeners to an introspective place while at other times her unique style seemed to remind everyone of the unique ways that we all experience certain emotions and everyday things.
Lauren says: “For me success means pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone and connecting with people through music. It is frightening but thrilling to now be starting to do that on my own.”
DiscovrTV Hanoi is proud to have had Lauren as one of our featured emerging artists and look forward to keeping you updated on her musical journey as it unfolds. As they say, Watch this space!
Artist: Lauren Kirby
Song: Louis’ song
Venue: Northern Soul Rooftop Bar
Presenter: Madele Vermaak
Camera: Gaz Weir
Sound: Tabitha Perez & Ian Campbell
Photographer: Victoria Siwik
Producer: Kobus Kotze
Lauren Kirby - Louis' song // DiscovrTV Hanoi
Posted on 03/04/2020