INTERVIEW: Luke Spehar

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

I am so grateful for the opportunity to talk with you! I am doing well, thank you. With a new album out and two little ones at home life has been pretty full to say the least, but no complaints!

Can you talk to us more about your song “The Pilgrim”?

The inspiration for this song really started back a few years ago after I did the Camino De Santiago. It is a 550 mile trek across Spain. One of the lessons I had to learn the hard way, was that often times you just don’t need much in life to get where you need to go. I started with about 20lbs more in my backpack than when I finished. As I mentioned in the song, it was the things I carried to “comfort my weariness that were the same things that weighed me down.”  This was the beginning of a personal journey for me that has brought me to the present date and began the inspiration for songs that are on the album.

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

There were a lot of little events along the Camino that went into this song. Each verse brings up a different memory for me.  One of the things that stood out in particular was the end of the Camino. I had been so fixated on completing the trek, that I had missed a lot of the beauty along the way. It was a hard lesson to learn. These days I appreciate the journey as much, perhaps, as the destination.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

I am currently working on a couple music videos for this project. I am hoping to release at least one of them in the next month or so!

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

I think we are all on a journey, each of us walking our own paths. Sometimes the journey is a physical one, like the trek I did across Spain. But often times the greatest adventures and hardest journeys are interior one’s of the heart. This record really celebrates The Pilgrim in us all.

How was the recording and writing process?

This album was a good challenge for me in both the writing and recording process. In comparison to my earlier projects, I varied the song structure quite a bit and added a lot more texture. I really enjoyed bringing these songs to Matt Patrick from Library Studios here in the Twin Cities. He, like so many fine artists, added more dimension to my music than I could have done alone. I was also grateful for the great players who added so much to the album: Jake Amerding, Aaron Fabbrini, Reese Kling and Michael Rossetto. They made the studio time a blast!

What role does Minneapolis play in your writing?

I think no matter where I go, Minneapolis will have an effect on my writing. It certainly effected my childhood. Before my family moved out into the country we lived in North Minneapolis. Many of my childhood friends, who are still very close friends of mine today, still live there. I think I internalized a love for differences and similarities in people as well as love for the arts from my early years in Minneapolis. That love is still very alive in me today.

Do you intentionally draw influences from rural places or it’s been attached to you?

As I mentioned above I moved up into the country when I was still fairly young. I can’t deny that the quietness and beauty of the more rural setting growing up has certainly effected my writing a great deal.

What aspect of your life did you get to explore on this record?

This record was not only a celebration of the pilgrim in us all, but also a celebration of the different milestones I’ve crossed in the last couple years. Some of the biggest have been getting married, touring America as newlyweds and then becoming a dad. In some ways the music reflects the joy I feel being able to live out my dreams, but also voices some of the questions that come along with navigating the way forward.

Any plans to hit the road?

I will be heading east to Ohio and Michigan in October. I am hoping to schedule a few more dates around home as well! I always host a Christmas concert in Minneapolis in December as a way to wrap up the year and celebrate with my local fans.

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

Along with touring and getting settled into our first house, I am looking forward using some of the skills I learned from this project to rework a few of my older songs. The release of the Pilgrim has inspired me to keep going on this journey of mine and the hope is that there will be a lot more projects, music and tours to come.

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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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