INTERVIEW: Luke Austin

Hi Luke, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been really great.  CRAZY busy with my single release/tour coming up but busy is a good thing.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hard Times”?

Absolutely.  Hard Times is a song that i’m particularly excited to release for a few different reasons and the #1 reason is I’ve always strived to make music that relates to people in a profound way.  I’ve never been one to make music that isn’t honest and I really aim for the songs to come across as sincere.  Hard Times is a very human song, it’s very vulnerable which is exactly what I was aiming for.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I wouldn’t say that any particular event inspired me on this one but more the general truth that bad things happen to everyone.  No matter how relative the incidents may be everyone at some point has felt like they got a bad bounce.  It Happens.  But you gotta keep pushing through.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yea, I’m not in a rush.  For me it’s more about finding a director who fully understands the concept of the song before we move forward but I have an in studio behind the scenes documentary and a lyric video I’ll be releasing with the song.

How was the recording and writing process?

I had been sending John-Angus demo’s of songs I was working on and there was something about this demo’s I sent over Hard Times that he reaIly liked.So he invited me over to his place and we finished writing the song and really brought it up to 100%.

 We recorded at the old church studio in Hamilton,ON; Catherine North Studio’s with engineer Dan Hosh.  The band that played on the song were all studs; Bryan Swartz (Bass), Dan Dwoskin (Organ, upright piano, synths) and Nicholas Otway (Drums).  Got the beds live off the floor and then overdubbed some guitars and really utilized all the old instruments in the room.  I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.

What was it like to work with John Angus MacDonald and how did that relationship develop?

I met John-Angus at this Andy Warhol gallery through our mutual publicist.  It turned out  We stayed in touch from there and I knew we were going to do a song together, it was just a matter of finding the right song. I sent him Demo’s of songs I had been writing over a few months time.  I was off and on touring and he was touring with The Trews and we decided to work on this demo of a song I had sent over called ‘Hard Times’.

How much did he influence the song?

He influenced the song alot.  We co-wrote the song and it was very much a collaborative effort.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else than when you are writing in your own?

Creating music is really the result of the people in the room with the time and resources you have available.  I think collaboration is an important part of growing as an artist.  Especially when you’re a young artist getting to learn from a guy like John-Angus.  It was a great experience.

Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

Yea forsure it’s definitely coming along, I’m recording a bunch of great songs.  Although I haven’t really got to thinking about an “album” yet.  I usually look for an overall concept and start building songs/art around a collection of sorts.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I would say I’ll have something out in the new year.

What other aspects of your personal life would you be exploring on this new material?

Just everyday life.  I always write about the things around me. Anything from heartbreak, confusion, the transformation into adulthood, friendship etc.

Any plans to hit the road?

I have an 8 date Ontario tour supporting the release of Hard Times starting August 19th at the Horseshoe Tavern. Then I’ll be looking to head out east in October.

What else is happening next in Luke Austin’s world?

I just plan on working hard on getting an album out that I’m happy with and then onto the next thing.

Twitter: @LukeAustinBand

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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