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Need to Know: Singer-Songwriter Lucas Miré

Need to Know: Singer-Songwriter Lucas Miré

Lucas Mire

The Atlanta-based musician gets dancey with his latest releases, Heyday

Lucas Mire has won a loyal fanbase over the years for his acoustic songs written from a queer perspective. So it may surprise some that for his latest, Heyday, he went full-on pop. He recently explained the sonic evolution to Atlanta's ProjectQ:

Heyday has roots in the beginning - to me, it sounds most similar to my first disc, Forever's Not as Long as It Used to Be, which was produced by a fella named B.Calm. We had actually started working on a follow up that was going to push the electronic sound a bit further and harder. We'd even completed a version of my song "Never Regret the Nights" in that style, which was super fun. But, B.Calm ended up moving to Los Angeles, and then fate stepped in and I got a chance to be produced by Clay Cook (Zac Brown Band, John Mayer), and we went in a more organic version and did "Never Regret the Nights." The record I released last year, Following the Landslide, ended up being more in that vein, too, even though I wanted something closer to "Forever's Not as Long as It Used to Be."

So, this time, with Heyday, I was determined to get that more electronic sound I was chasing. I knew that I had to be really clear about the kind of record I wanted to make and completely commit to that and not waver or be swayed or be seduced by the producer's vision, even if it meant never producing it and walking away. I ran into Nate Borofsky (Girlyman, Django Jones) at a mutual friend's 40th birthday brunch. He immediately understood what I wanted to do, the sound I wanted to have, the record I wanted to make, and was undaunted by the task. We started recording the next week, which was odd, because it has usually taken me years between releases. But, I must say, we truly had a blast making Heyday.

Listeners may recall that Mire had been performing two tracks -- "List of Names" and "Times Like These" -- for a few years during live performances, while others, like album stand-out "You," "Shotgun," and the title track, were written in between recording sessions. This weekend, audiences can enjoy him onstage in Decatur, Georgia.

Mire performs at Atlanta's legendary Eddie's Attic on Saturday, May 23, at 7 p.m. Check out this lyric video below:

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