Sometimes you come across an artist and you just feel a connection to their music. That kind of connection when every time they drop something new, you know you're gonna love it. That's exactly what happened for us when we first heard Luke Pickett.
Killer falsetto, some sultry songwriting and pure soul. Luke hasn't put out loads of music, but what he has put out is pure quality. Quality not quantity is very relevant in this case. Luke was kind enough to answer a few questions for us, check 'em out below...
Hey Luke, thanks for taking the time to talk to us here at Popshade. Why don't you start by telling us a bit about who you are and what you do?
Hey, I’m Luke Pickett. I’m a singer/songwriter from the UK and I’ve been creating music for a long time now. I’ve released various EP’s and singles, done a lot of touring. I was recently aired on BBC radio 1 and Radio 1XTRA .
You've released a few singles over the past year or so, each of which has been of a ridiculously high quality - which is your favourite you've released so far?
Thanks! I think my favourite is probably ‘The Star In My Movie’. I was really happy with my vocal performance in that song, and I love performing it live as well. It just creates this really cool vibe in a live performance.
Speaking of those songs, what's the songwriting process behind em?
It varies song to song. It will either spark from a melody idea, then I’ll fit the instrumentation around it, or I’ll have a guitar riff that I love and will start put a lyric and melody around that.
Your music has changed a lot since the MySpace days. What caused the change in direction?
I think it’s been a gradual change. I’ve always loved soul/r&b music and I think each song along the way has incorporated that more and more. It wasn’t a conscious decision, it’s just happened naturally.
What can peeps expect from a Luke Pickett live show?
I usually perform just me and my guitar, so it’s a stripped down, intimate performance. There’s nowhere to hide when you perform like that, so you really have to be on top of your game. It’s a good chance to showcase your voice.
What's next for LP? An EP? An album?
An album is on the cards. Long time coming, but these things take time you know? But there are lots and lots of songs ready to be unleashed.
We're a pop site, so we have to ask - who is your favourite pop star of all time?
And what's one pop song you are absolutely loving right now?
Maroon 5 - Sugar is a cool pop jam.
Who else should we keep an eye out for on the UK scene?
A good friend of mine called Annie Drury - she’s amazing! Look out for her.
What's your favourite thing about being a musician?
That I get to do the thing I love. I love making music, so I really can’t complain.
And finally, where can peeps find you?
I’m on all social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, just search Luke Pickett and you’ll find me. I always have shows cropping up so you can find out about them through my social media. I am actually in the middle of a UK tour at the min - all those show dates can be found on my social media! It's not too late to get tickets!
We'd like to thank to thank Luke for taking the time to answer these questions.
There you have it. Luke is proper passionate about his music, and we're sure you'll agree after giving those tunes a listen, a bloody ace musician too. Those few singles he's released are in our top 20 most played of the past year, and we imagine they'll be there for a while.
Make sure ya catch him on that tour. Buy his music. And support what could very well be the next breakthrough in UK soul.