Interview: Lady Lazarus


A wonderful lady and an amazing musician. Melissa Ann Sweat is Lady Lazarus and serves us with magical tunes, that you can check out here! Pitchfork gave a 7.8 to her album “Mantic“, so the least you have to do, is give it a listen! Read the following interview to find out more about this mysterious lady.

LSD: You are an artist, a poet and a writer. How did you decide to start making music?

Essentially, I wanted to teach myself an instrument. What I ended up doing was simply experimenting with my keyboard, and the songs sort of miraculously started to come out. I began playing music around March of 2008 and am still teaching myself to play keys and accordion and whatever else I might use, but I do think some of my lyrical ideas were there largely because I’ve been a writer for quiet awhile.

LSD: What is the most important thing to you when making music?

To honestly convey feeling, to feel it, and to make something beautiful.

LSD: What inspires you when you write music/lyrics?

I write lyrics and songs very on the spot for the most part, so it seems that whatever bubbles up from my subconscious is what I write about. Sometimes I take snippets from past writings, but mostly it’s in the moment, so I’m often discovering my true feelings about something as I’m writing. Writing songs has been really helpful for understanding and articulating difficult feelings and experiences of mine.

LSD: If you could open for any artist, who would it be?

Oh, so hard to choose! It is a tie between Joanna Newsom and Bill Callahan.

LSD: Your favorite track/album at the moment?

Box of Rain” by the Grateful Dead

LSD: One of your favorite poems?

In a Dark Time” by Theodore Roethke

LSD: Future plans?

Move back to California, and make a new album. I also have some writing projects I’d like to finish up—a collection of poems, short stories, and possibly a novella or short novel! I’d like to play some more shows, too. But I will pretty much be a diligent recluse for the rest of 2011.

Check out her video for “Sick Child” out of her latest album: