Rising Star: Irish indie singer Lydia Ford

There is so many incredible up and coming talent right here in Ireland.

This month, we chatted to indie pop singer Lydia Ford who is now based in Berlin. But Ireland is still close to her heart.

VIP Magazine caught up with Lydia to chat all things music, life and her inspirations.


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Hi Lydia, how are you?

I’m good, thank you! It’s been a busy few weeks but an exciting time too. I’m just back from Mayo where I was playing Far West Fest and I also squeezed in an acoustic session at RTE Radio 1.

You’ve been making music for a few years now, but when did you fall in love with music?

My mam was always playing music in the house and in the car and introduced my sister and I to musicals at a young age (my favourite was Grease!). I was involved in choirs and the town pantomime for years before I started writing my own music.

Who has been your biggest champion over the years?

My sister Stephanie has always been incredibly supportive and encouraging. She’s a musician in her own right and also a musicologist so I value her opinion a lot!

Who is your biggest inspiration musically?

I always say Avril Lavigne because she’s the reason I started playing guitar and writing songs!

What music are you working on right now?

Right now I’m focusing on the release of my debut album, Faking It, which comes out September 8th! I have to switch gears from writing and be in business mode for a while but I’m excited to get back in the studio as soon as I can.

What is your biggest achievement?

I think this album is the thing I’m most proud of! It was a huge project to take on and took a lot of help. I’m very ready to release it to the world for everyone to hear.

What is it like to hear your music on the radio?

It’s amazing! I’ve been so lucky with the support I’ve been getting across radio the last few years. It’s always something you dream about when you start out in this industry and I’m so grateful that Irish radio champions artists like myself.

Hearing your music on the radio must be nice, but what about playing live?

Playing live is still a scary thing for me, but it’s a really cool and unique experience. It’s definitely the best way to connect with people and I love playing with a band.

Is touring on the cards?

Fingers crossed in 2024! I would love that, but to start I have a headline show in Workmans Cellar on September 1st.,

What is on your bucket list?

I have some venues around the world I’d love to play at and a billboard in Times Square might be nice too!

What advice would you give younger you?

To enjoy myself and not overthink as much!

What’s next for you?

My debut album, Faking It, comes out on September 8th and then I have a headline show in Workman’s Cellar on September 21st!

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