Just turned 25 Luke Potter from Somerset in England is an accomplished singer songwriter who is armed with the talent, ambition, big dreams and determination to make it huge in music. His songs are meaningful, passionate and sincere about the trials of growing up that we can all relate to and connect with.
His travels include Sweden, Canada and the USA, where he’s collaborated with highly respected writers and some of the finest producers in the industry including Steve Power (Robbie Williams, McFly, Andrea Bocelli), Eric Rosse (Sara Bareilles, Tori Amos), Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac) and Bleu who said “Luke Potter writes ear-sticking songs that just won’t leave your brain!”
His latest single ‘All the Same’ is one such song, it’s bright, bouncy and punchy filled with infectious hooks and riffs!
I first came across Luke on social media after his loyal fans from around the world made a video for his birthday. His response to it intrigued me so much I had to watch it then contact him to find out more. Luckily he agreed to answer a few questions about himself and his music…..
You cite ‘Iris’ by the Goo Goo Dolls as the song that influenced you to become a songwriter, what was it about that song that affected you so much?
I remember being in my Dad’s car and hearing that song for the first time. I had always loved music but I think that this was the first time music ever really hit me. I was emotional… the words and the whole structure of the song is the reason I started writing.
Who are some other musical heroes that inspire you?
I’ve always been a massive fan of Snow Patrol! I love the way their songs build… but I draw a lot of inspiration from lots of different bands and artists. Jimmy Eat World, Bleu and The Goo Goo Dolls are just a few.
What’s the story and influences behind your new track ‘All the Same’?
I wrote it with two great friends of mine from Sweden, Marcus and Hjalmar. We wrote and recorded it in my room in Weston-Super-Mare and it originally started off as just a beat.
After hearing it we all thought it was awesome and started crafting the melody and the lyrics. The song is about living your life and breaking out of the everyday rules that society gives you. It’s a bit tongue in cheek too 🙂 I hope it’ll make people smile and want to dance as there’s so much serious stuff going on in the world at the moment.
Your last track ‘storms’ is being featured by an Australian charity, how did that come about?
I’m very, very proud of this, the charity is called ‘The Official Top Ten Night’ and they create events to support Suicide Prevention Australia. The founder heard the track and e-mailed me about it. They do outstanding work for people who are in a bad way and for me it’s a real honor being involved! This song is very personal and was written for someone close to me. It’s about helping friends, or anyone who may be struggling with things, and letting them know you’ll be there for them – all the way!
Do you draw all your song material from real life experiences?
Yes I do. Sometimes a song might be about something that I’ve gone through, and other times it might be about how I perceive a stranger or how a friend is feeling. I want my music to be real so if I’m not feeling it then it doesn’t get done.
Has your music evolved since you started out and if so how much?
When I first started writing songs at about 17 it never occurred to me that I would actually end up singing them. So I think for me that’s the coolest evolution I’ve been through – that is as a songwriter who then gets to sing the songs.
I think that the more you do something the better you get at it. In my case it just took time to really learn how to write songs and I’m still learning!
Can you tell me about some of the talented and credible songwriters and producers you’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with?
I’ve been extremely lucky to record songs with some of the people I’ve written with. There are so many great people I’ve worked with I don’t think I would know where to start to single anyone out.
Each time I collaborate I end up making friends with those people and writing songs that I hope will last forever.
You played at the Cavern Club a few months ago which must have been an amazing experience, what are a few other wow moments you’ve had in music?
I played a set at the House of Blues in Orlando a few years ago which was an amazing experience! I’ve watched Ed Sheeran, the Goo Goo Dolls, Parachute and loads of other awesome artists play on that stage so it was quite something. I also played at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood and sang at a swanky Hyatt hotel in Beverly Hills as part of a coffee sessions show.
I did a tour down the east coast of America playing in summer camps. Every single camp was breathtaking both in terms of location and the amazing people I got to play too.
What’s been your biggest gig to date and where would be your ultimate stage to headline?
Biggest gig was the House of Blues one with an audience of several thousand people which was awesome! I’d love to think the O2 in London might be somewhere I’ll get to play one day, that would be so amazing!
Which track are you most proud of writing and why?
Really hard question, each song I’ve written has been for different reasons throughout my life so all of them mean a huge amount to me.
My next single, ‘Something More’ is possibly the most personal song I’ve ever written and it’ll be interesting to see what people think of that as my heart is most definitely on my sleeve.
You have fans all over the world (called Dreamers) and they recently made you an amazing birthday video, how does that kind of thing make you feel?
I remember waking up, watching the video and crying, it was that emotional. I’m extremely blessed to have that sort of support in my life. My Dreamers are awesome!!
What do you think it is that makes you and your music stand out from the crowd?
I just like to be honest with my feelings. And I hope people hear that in my songs. I hope people can relate in their own ways.
Whose music are you listening to and loving right now?
What do you do for fun or to relax when not song-writing or playing gigs?
I just like hanging out with my mates and going to the gym to keep fit! I also watch a lot of basketball and I’m a big Miami Heat fan!
What do you want new fans to know about you and your music?
It’s truthful music, each song has a story or an emotion behind it.
What do we have to look forward to you for the rest of 2016?
I have lots of new music coming soon. There’s 3 more singles ready to go and a new project I’m working on at at the moment….but I’d have to kill you if I told you about that haha!
I’m optimistic and thanks for asking me to do this interview, it means a lot!
You’re welcome Luke, thanks for talking to me and its been a pleasure getting to know you! 🙂
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