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LAist Interview: Rachel Fuller

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In the middle of a busy year for British singer-composer Rachel Fuller, what with two original musicals being prepped for world premieres, one of her pet projects from years past is finally getting its wide-scale US release. In The Attic, a program of loose, informal collaborations between Fuller, her partner Pete Townshend, and a series of musical guests ranging from the world-renowned (Lou Reed, Flaming Lips, Raconteurs) to the near-totally unknown, has evolved from a webcast based in Fuller’s literal attic, to a live-on-location travel show, to a cabaret show in tiny American nightclubs. The performances captured on the CD/ DVD package released through Best Buy in April are from the last phase, and include a set of songs taped at LA’s Hotel Café in early 2007 with collaborators Amos Lee, Alexi Murdoch, Rachel Yamagata, Tenacious D and Ben Harper signing up for Fuller and Townshend's experiment in open-mic night.

Fuller spoke to LAist from her home in Richmond about her role as organizer of the Attic events, what makes them work, dreams of the perfect lineup for the show, and fills us in on future plans to present her own music, which seem more likely to involve theatrical engagements than music videos.