17 Aug @lukepottermusic says “it’s never too late to pick up a guitar” in candid interview
Luke is a young singer-songwriter from the UK who’s starting to make a buzz with his songs and plans to introduce his music to American fans with the January 2013 release of his EP produced by Bleu (Demi Lovato, Jonas Brothers…), “One Day”.
Shortly after, at the age of 17, Luke picked up an acoustic guitar for the first time and started writing songs not only about love but also about growing up – the result, 2-3 years later, was his 2011 debut “Just Pieces of Me”.
To date Luke has performed over 100 gigs around the UK in the last 18 months and performed a well-received showcase gig to US DJS in Atlantic City in Aug 2012.
We had a little chat with him ….
Q:How’s your journey in the music industry going so far ?
LP:Picking up a guitar was the best thing I could have ever decided to do but writing songs and playing them is why I do this. The things that I have learnt, places I’ve been and people that I have met will stay with me forever. I don’t intend on stopping anytime soon.
For all that, the music industry is a tough one and it’s getting more difficult to make any money from music. I hope things get better but I don’t have a plan b so I’m just getting on with it and hoping people find me and my songs along the way.
Q:Your new single ‘All The Same’ has got people dancing, what’s the inspiration behind it?
LP:I think I wanted to just send a message with the lyrics.
We live in a world where we spend most of our lives listening to the opinions of others instead of listen to our hearts. Whilst we all need to find a way to make money to live we only have one life so it’s important to follow your dreams as much as possible… and have fun!
So, it’s never too late to pick up a guitar or a paintbrush or that thing that makes you happy. Most of all I hope the song makes people want to dance and smile!
Q:How do you secure bookings and gigs ?
LP:I just get out and play, often just local acoustic nights! Sometimes you just need to throw yourself out there and if you’re good enough bookings will come.
Q:You’re an ambassador for Official Top Ten Night, how does it feel to be giving back ?
LP:Amazing, I can’t explain how awesome it feels to be part of something so special. They do such great for people who are not feeling good and may be feeling suicidal. Often people just need someone to really listen to them!
Q:You have an active fan base, what would you like to say to them ?
LP:They rock! Thank you for putting up with my strange tweets.
Q:What have you got planned for the future ?
LP:Probably drink this coffee, then drink another…. and then write a song. Haha!
On a serious note, I’m intending to put out a lot more music this year, which I’m pretty psyched about. There’s a new single and video planned for sometime in September called ‘Something More’ and, aside from being a bit different in terms of production, it’s a real personal heart on my sleeve song that I hope people can relate to.