Larissa Eddie A Sussex Music Artist

Larissa Eddie A Sussex Music Artist

Brighton is a musical hub, renowned for it’s talented performers and creatives. It is the birth place of not only Fatboy Slims Skint Records, but in recent years also one of the largest Music Conferences in Europe BMC. This seaside city enchants and inspires. Musical talents have stormed the charts, from The Kooks to Rizzle Kicks, so it is no surprise that a new star is shining bright and taking the music industry by storm.

Larissa Eddie is a dynamic singer and songwriter, who developed her love of music on these shores. Over the past few years this Brighton Belle has been on a steady path of success, touring the UK and Ireland with the likes of the legendary Lionel Richie, sharing the stage with Tito Jackson, Peter Andre as well as writing and performing with X Factor’s Matt Cardle.

Larissa is fast becoming one of Britain’s brightest stars. Already branching out into television as a judge on BBC’s ‘All Together Now’, a reality TV show with Rob Beckett and Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, there is no stopping this BIMM (Brighton Institute of Modern Music) graduate and no doubt that Larissa Eddie’s passion for the music industry is her driving force. In between her busy schedule I managed to interview this Sussex song bird.

What would you do if you weren’t a singer?

I think I would have been an actress. I always loved being on the stage.

What/who inspired you to become a singer?

I come from quite a musical family. We went out to Nashville when I was young, as my Mum is a big country music fan, we also visited Graceland the home of Elvis Presley. So that trip definitely inspired me to want to sing and perform.

Is there a song you wish you had written?

There are so many amazing songs, but ‘I will always love you’ written by Dolly Parton has to be one of my all time favourites.

Has anything from your home town inspired a song you’ve written?

My last single ‘Where I belong’ was inspired by Brighton, my hometown.

Any Brighton singers that inspired you?

I know the Kooks spent a lot of time in Brighton – they were quite influential on the music scene when I was just starting out.

Are you still involved with musical community in Brighton?

I still spend a lot of time in Brighton and I would love to book in a gig here soon.

Dead or Alive is there a musician you would like to meet?

I think Elvis Presley, the King of Rock’n’Roll!  I grew up singing along to his songs and movies. He was one of the first icons.

What song are you most proud of?

I’m proud of all my music, but I particularly enjoyed writing with X Factor winner Matt Cardle. The song is called ‘In love alone’

How long does it usually take you to complete writing a song?

Usually within a few hours. I try and aim to get the song finished by the end of the writing session.

Where was your first gig?

My first ever gig was actually at the Saltdean Lido with my first ever band called ‘Entry No 1.’ We were all only 14 and we absolutely loved it!

Best/favourite performance/gig

It has to be supporting Lionel Richie at the O2 in front of 20,000 people. It was a dream come true.

Did you enjoy touring?

Yes I love touring. My favourite part of being an artist is the live performance aspect. I also love traveling and getting to sing in all sorts of different amazing venues from The Royal Albert Hall to the O2 Arena.

Essential travel item when on tour?

It has to be my Lulu Guiness suitcase, It’s my best friend on tour and carries all my makeup and essentials.

What are you currently listening to?

I love Capital Fm – I’ve always got it turned up in my car on the way to gigs! Pink’s new song is Rockin’

Why did you choose BIMM?

I always knew that I wanted to be a singer whilst I was at school, so BIMM was the obvious choice for me! My mum had actually seen Ronan Keating from Boyzone on the TV talking about this new Rock school in Brighton and that same day I signed up to enrol.

It was fresh and exciting for me, BIMM had only been opened a couple of years at the time so the networking was amazing and it was so valuable having tutors that were actually actively working in the industry.

Ultimate goal?

I have just come off of tour with BGT winners Collabro and I got to perform at the Royal Albert Hall for the second time in my career alongside my brother Jay.  It was an unforgettable experience, but my ultimate goal is to have a number one album and get to take my own tour around the world.

Advice for future singers?

Don’t give up; believe in yourself and be prepared to work hard.  Yes there are set backs and lots of rejections along the way, but you have to stick to your goals and if you are determined you will always find a way to make it happen.

Chatting to this down to earth and incredibly talented woman I can see that this is just the beginning for Larissa.  Larissa’s music video for ‘Where I belong’ is filmed in Brighton and it is truly stunning. Her voice is pure gold and I can guarantee this is one Brightonian that will be putting our seaside city on the map, so watch this space.

Lindsay Katherine Hills