INTERVIEW: Lostchild

We talk exclusively to rising British pop artist Lostchild.

by Christopher Smith

Joe Copplestone aka Lostchild has been writing and releasing solid themes and groovy tunes since he burst onto the music scene in 2016 with his EP “Dancing With Boys”. Lostchild followed this with his second EP “Being Loved When You Know You’re Not Good Enough” in 2017 and his third, “Blacklist” in 2018. Now he has signed to SP Music Management and with a brand new single coming out very soon, we thought it was time to sit down and get to know him more intimately. What makes him tick, what he likes and more importantly, what he knows!

TAPM: You are giving us some great new music but who are your influences?

L: I’m inspired by Robyn and how she merges her emotional honesty with her love of dance music, Madonna for her rule breaking and her fearlessness, George Michael for his journey as one of the first gay pop stars, Sade for the beauty and soul in her music, and Frankmusik for taking control of his career and never giving up.

TAPM: Awesome. So, what was the last song you listened to then?

L: These days I predominantly listen to heavy metal, I rarely listen to pop music anymore! But the last pop song I listened to was “Got My Number” by Kim Petras. Some pop music is so good it just can’t be ignored!

If you’ve never heard of Kim Petras, here she is…

TAPM: We love “Lifeline” – tell us more about it…

L: “Lifeline” is about reaching a cross road in your life, and realising you can either continue down a path of self-destruction in your life or you can choose to change and never look back. I wrote it after I broke up with my boyfriend after cheating on him, and I realised that I had a chance to learn from my mistakes.

TAPM: What about Eurovision – would you ever get involved?

L: It seems like a great opportunity, but I’d worry I’d be typecast as a Eurovision artist. I don’t think it’d be for me.

TAPM: Ok. We love knowing what the number one song in the charts was when people were born – what was yours?

L: Ugh, it was a Wet Wet Wet song. Not a song that I think defined my life!

TAPM: Tell us something embarrassing about yourself…

L: There’s so much about myself I’m embarrassed about, how long have you got? But I’m learning most of it is irrational.

TAPM: What’s your favourite song lyric from one of your songs and why?

L: “You think it’s hard to love, but just you try being loved, when you know you’re not good enough” – S.A.M.

TAPM: Ok and now your favourite songs lyric ever?

L: “Do I know you from somewhere? Why do you leave me wanting more? Why do all the things I say, sound like the stupid things I’ve said before?” – Madonna, Skin

TAPM: Who is the Queen of pop?

L: I guess Beyonce.

TAPM: …and who is the King of pop?

L: I guess Ed Sheeran. Or Drake. Not who I personally listen to but they seem to be the most influential chart wise. My interest in chart music has really waned over the years, and now I just listen to what I want, rather than what the media tells me to listen to.

TAPM: Great. So, what’s the plan for the rest of this year?

L: A joint headline show in Brighton with Ben Davidson on August 16th at The Marlborough which I’m very excited about! Other than that, I’ll be releasing two new Ep’s, 2 new music videos, and hopefully doing a mini US prides tour! It’s been a quiet beginning to the year, but I hope the second half makes up for it!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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