Singer, songwriter, mental health advocate, LGBTQI+ artist Luchi breaks the mould in every category, with his original brand of soulful pop at its best and that heals. Unafraid to be vulnerable, real and open, he eagerly transfers his passion and truthfulness to his sound and shares it with his beloved fans. Meet the unique artist, hear the soulful sound, and discover his latest single, Mountain as he agrees to talk to us and tell us more in this exclusive interview.
The sound of Luchi
1 In Music: What is unique about you and your music?
Luchi [L]: I’d say that my music is unique in the way that it is vulnerable. I don’t shy away from talking about the difficult stuff in life and it all comes from personal experience. Also as an LGBTQI+ artist, I feel that it brings in another perspective. I really try to follow my own lane in music and not just chase trends and sounds that are popular. I want to create timeless songs that will still be played long after I’m gone.
1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you? :
L: There have been many artists that have inspired me over the years. I’m always drawn to artists who aren’t afraid of being themselves and standing up for what they believe in. Being a singer wasn’t a normal path where I’m from, but that’s contributed to my determination to make it. The support that I get from fans, friends and family really drives me to keep going.
1 In Music: When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?
L: I don’t really remember the exact moment if I’m honest but I always knew that I would do something within the music industry as music is my true passion. It took time to find the right lane, and have the confidence to release the music that I wanted to, and that was one of the reasons that I went and independent. I always believe that you should try and do something that inspires you and fulfil you as a job because life is short and has a lot of ups and downs so you might as well enjoy what you do as a job.
Tell us a little bit about your latest single, Mountain…
I think it’s very important to acknowledge that it takes a lot of strength, determination and courage to face up to your demons, and you have to be strong enough to take the first step.
What is the story behind this release and what does it mean to you?
Luchi [L]: This song is a really special song to me, it came about after a conversation with somebody close to me, that suffers with addiction issues. I was trying to convince them to go and get help, but they weren’t at a stage that they didn’t feel strong enough to do this.
L: I think it’s very important to acknowledge that it takes a lot of strength, determination and courage to face up to your demons, and you have to be strong enough to take the first step.
Your sensitivity to others’ struggles, is that from personal experience?
L: I have had my own mental health struggles and I can relate to not knowing how or feeling strong enough to start the healing journey. It’s so hard to challenge our own heads as they can be dark sometimes. But with some hard work and dedication to yourself, you can do it.
Who contributed to it (producer, writers, composers, instrumentation, musicians, arrangements, etc.)?
L: I wrote the song myself at 3am by my keyboard. And then my long-time producer, Chris Stagg, helped me bring it to life. We got the strings done in LA by Robert Ballantyne Willies who has been doing string arrangements for me on my last few singles. The backing vocals were done by me and in the US by Faith Dene, a fantastic artist I met a few years ago. It was mixed out in LA by Thomas Warren and mastered by industry veteran Pete Maher.
Where Luchi draws his inspiration
When I can connect to an artist and the story, that’s where the magic is in music.
1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?:
Luchi [L]: I listen to all different genres of music but growing up in the 90s, Pop was my first musical love. I always gravitate towards artists who release music that is real and relatable. That’s not saying there isn’t a place for a big anthemic banger but for me, when I can connect to an artist and the story, that’s where the magic is in music. Artists like Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Sam Smith, Michael Rice, Callum Scott, P!nk and Adam Lambert are artists that I always gravitate towards but it really depends on the day and how I’m feeling. That’s what I love about music, no matter what you’re going though, there is a song out there to relate to.
1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?
L: Oh this is a hard one. The first artist that came to mind was Beverley Knight. She is a vocal powerhouse, I listen to her and just think wow. She has an amazing career but I don’t think we give her enough credit for being one of the best voices of our generation.
1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?
Luchi: Apart from feeling sick and like I want to run away, I believe that rehearsals are the key thing to help you prepare for a live performance. Knowing the song inside out allows you to be comfortable so you can focus on the performance side of things. I also like to take a moment just to clear my head before going on stage and warming up to make sure you are keeping the vocal cords healthy. Boring stuff like lots of water and steaming as well, not eating certain foods etc.
Getting some inspiration from Luchi
That’s what I love about music, no matter what you’re going though, there is a song out there to relate to.
1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
Luchi: If I’m honest, music is my passion as well as my job so I do spend a lot of time doing it but aside from that I love spending time with my friends and family, I love to travel, listen to podcasts, going to the gym and I am partial to a bit to reality tv to numb the mind haha.
1 In Music: Success to you is…?
Luchi: To me, success isn’t about numbers or accolades, it’s when somebody says to me that one of my songs has helped them. That to me makes it all worthwhile because that’s what I get out of music and that’s what I want to give my fans.
1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?
Luchi: I didn’t understand this when I first started but having a good team around you is so important. People who believe in you and your art that are going to help drive you forward because they are also passionate about it. You can work with the big names of the industry etc but you want the people around you to have the same passion for your music as you do. It’s a team effort as no artist does it alone so making sure that they get you, your boundaries, your personality is so important for your professional and personal growth.
What is next for Luchi?
1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?
Luchi: I do have a lot in the pipeline, including lots more music so stay tuned.