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INTERVIEW: Luke Elliot

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

Good, thank you.  We just wrapped up our North American tour for the record, and I’m working on new demos now.  So things have been busy, but productive.

Can you talk to us more about your song “Get ‘Em While They Are Hot”? What made you want to make this the single?

Well, I wasn’t sure I wanted it to be the single.  I pretty much let management and the record company decides those sorts of things.  What I think should be on the radio seems to be drastically different from what is actually played, even on non-com stations.

The song itself was written several years ago, and actually appeared as the opening track of my first EP, Death of a Widow.  When I started playing with my first European band, we instantly had a different take on it, and decided to record it here.

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

I don’t think so.  The song has a more generalized feeling for me.  I think it deals more with a wave of feelings and concerns rather than a specific event.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We are discussing that now actually.

The single comes off your new album Dressed For The Occasion – what’s the story behind the title?

The title just seemed to fit the feeling of the song.  It has a kind of cool strut to it, and the title struck the heart of the mood.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing of the songs took place over a longer period of time.  Some of these songs I had in mind for years, some were composed during the process, and some literally on the spot.  The band and producer were an absolute pleasure to work with.  They worked hard, and left me to be as creative as I chose to be.  It was a real feeling of freedom to make what I wanted.  I hadn’t experienced that like this before.

What made you want to go for the analog direction?

I was approached by the studio’s owner, Dag Johansen, in Norway after one of my first shows in a new country.  He asked me if I wanted to cut an LP, and I said yes, but that I didn’t have a record company, and was completely broke.  He asked if I thought record executives would be interested if I had an album out, and that money would follow, and I said sure.  The next day I visited his studio, and I saw all these tape machines and a desk.  When he said he had a studio, and I could record there, I imagined a computer and a keyboard.  I got really lucky.

Have Tom Waits and Nick Cave had an influence on your writing?

Yes.

How has your upbringing influenced your music?

Both my parents played piano, and my older brother played bass.  I always remember music being a part of the house and discussions.  They played jazz, rock, and classical mostly.  I felt music had something to do with who I was from a very early age.

Where did you find the inspiration for the dark tales on this record?

Are they dark?  I’m not sure- they just seemed to surface.  It wasn’t really a conscious decision.

What are your next plans to hit the road?

We will be touring Turkey, Greece, and Sweden in January, and then hit Australia in the beginning of March.

Tell me something random happening next in Luke Elliot’s world.

I’ve been putting down demos for the next record.  I’m already thinking about the next thing.

Listen Dressed For The Occasion

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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