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We Sit With: Luke Carey, Yorkshire-Born, & Timeless Super-Star!

Artist: Luke Carey

1. Hi, how are you today?

"Hi there! I'm great thanks, a bit tired but good are you?"

2. Where are you from?

"Originally I'm from the North of England; from an industrial dock town called Hull in Yorkshire...but for the last 5 years I've been living in Peterborough, just North of Cambridge."

3. When did you start making music - and what or who were your early influences?

"Well I've written music to some extent - whether full songs or little musical doodles per se - since learning to play the guitar when I were 12 years old. However, only since my early 20's did I actually start writing/recording seriously... As for early influences; although still loving and appreciating all kinds of music, I'd say defining artists such as The Beatles, Sinatra, Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke provided a solid foundation for my style of writing. Growing up with The Beatles/Stones I learnt the "timeless" structuring of songs, but I've always loved Soul/Motown artists' playful approach to phrasing lyrics when performing, almost injecting their own personality into the performance. People who like my music have often commented on how they hear Soul and Swing/Jazz influences in my singing...even when I'm singing rock!"

4. What skills do you think artists need to be successful?

"Stay relevant without losing your core sense of who you are... Some of my favourite artists like David Bowie and Robert Palmer were some of the most individual and chameleonic in genre, but you always recognised their music - whether it be through their singing, lyrics or presentation. Plus never forgetting your fans AND where you came from!"

5. How do you stay up to date with the latest music trends?

"I must admit I do fall behind occasionally, but different things like trying different Spotify Playlists, researching the current Top Ten charts and listening to the artists I'm not familiar with...even by watching TV shows or music channels, I'm bound to discover emerging artists that gain my interest."

6. When performing, what techniques do you use to engage the audience?

"I've never prescribed to the belief that the performer and audience are seperate defined roles, so I like to play with the dynamics of that. I interact with my audience, walk amongst them, get to know them or include them within the chorus of a song. Failing that, I find a little self-deprecating humour never fails ha ha!"

7. What would you say is the most rewarding part of being an artist?

"I'd say having people come up to me and say how much they connected with a song lyric or subject matter. Those kind of interactions really stay with you and make the grind all worth while..."

8. How did you spend your lockdown/pandemic time?

"What did you accomplish before the entertainment world began to open up again? I'd like to think as creatively as possible! I asked myself early on in lockdown: 'what would you rather have to show for at the end of this; either to sit around, binge-watching every show imaginable whilst overeating yourself out of your gym membership...or you can stay positive and focused and try to create art that may get you somewhere in life once this scenario ends? ' And as it happened, during the first UK lockdown I wrote the first three singles I officially released online - with the help of my life-long friend and producer LX XANDER (although I did do a lot of bingewatching and put on weight ha)!"

9. What makes you different from other artists?

"I like to think I'm an artist that's making music the right level 'outside the box'; presenting a blend of classic soulful-pop, mixed with my unique singing style but with modern production. Also having worked the bar circuit since I were 21 and knowing how to engage an audience, I like to think there's little bit of the Ratpack-esque showman in me!"

10. Last question, when not making music, where can we find you?

"Probably at home with my girlfriend catching up on the latest TV shows/films or writing, reading, cooking or creating art of some kind...or sleeping ha!"

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