Releasing her second single on Monomyth Records, LUKA has been gaining attention through her wonderfully iconic voice and ambient soundscapes. We learn more about her music, influences and future hopes via our interview with her.
Your new song, “Past The Point Of No Return”, has just been released. What is the story behind the song and how did you create/write it?
I wrote ‘Past The Point Of No Return’ whilst in lockdown this year during COVID. I was feeling really anxious about everything, as I’m sure most other people were during this time and wanted to try and write a song that captured those feelings. I wrote it on my piano in about an hour and then did a demo recording on GarageBand which I sent to Bob at Monomyth Records. We worked on it together remotely and he helped transform it into a fully realised track.
If you had to describe your sound, how would you do so? Furthermore, what artists (or other sources) do you cite as influences?
At the moment, I’m really not sure! I feel like I’m still finding my sound. I always write my songs in a quite folky/indie style, but the end track often sounds quite different. I’d say my sound takes inspiration from lots of different styles of music and has become a kind of amalgamation of everything I like. At the moment I’m taking a lot of inspiration from Phoebe Bridgers, Radiohead and Bon Iver, I really love all their music.
What have been career highlights so far and what is on your bucket list that you’d like to achieve?
My highlights so far would probably be playing my first proper gig, supporting Artio at their sold at show at The Wardrobe in Leeds. Everyone was really supportive and seemed to enjoy what I was doing, so that was really nice. I would love to release an album! I’ve written loads of songs I’d really like to see turned into full tracks. I’d also love to direct my own music video and do more gigs. Hopefully 2021 will be the year to do all these things!
If you could be the main support for any living artist, who would that be for and why?
It would be tied between Dodie and Phoebe Bridgers I think. I’ve listened to Dodie for years and she was a big influence for me wanting to go into music in the first place. I also just think she seems like she’d be really fun to work alongside! Phoebe Bridgers is my favourite artist at the moment, I think her and her music are amazing and to support her would just be so cool.
What artists have you been listening to? Additionally, who should others be listening to?
Again, everyone should be listening to Phoebe Bridgers. I’ve also been listening to a lot of Adam Melchor and Flyte at the moment, who everybody should definitely check out. So many people, but those would be my top right now.