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INTERVIEW: Jakk Lumino

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

Hey really good thank you, hope you guys are too! I’m writing to you from Australia. Been travelling out here for a couple of weeks ahead of the single release.

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

I really love Stevie Nicks, and I love dance music. I wanted to put a track together that was like a dance remix of an old Stevie Nicks classic. So I wrote a song with a friend and in that vein and then started to tackle the production.

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

It was written with my friend Claudia. It’s about how so many ambitious people are desperate to get to the top because they want to leave a mark – leave a Legacy. But in order to be at the top someone has to be at the bottom, and often the methods used to get there are savage. 

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Just a simple graphic video on youtube for now.

How was the recording and writing process?

My day job is co-writing and producing for other artists. So I’m usually in my studio in Stoke Newington working away. This track started as a concept – to write a Stevie Nicks inspired song and then do a dance remix. But the lyrics and narrative came together over the period of a few days and a couple of lunches with my co-writer Claudia just refining exactly what we were trying to stay. Lady Gaga writes about fame – but always as a warning. The pitfalls. But there’s no warning or apology in Legacy. It’s just a comment on how things are. 

What role does London play in your music?

In terms of the themes of the song they’re as prevalent in London as anywhere else in the world. There’s backstabbing and social climbing and cliques and people desperate to get to the top. There’s also fun and loyalty and excitement and spontaneity.

How much did Berlin get to influence the sound on this song?

I recently lived in Berlin for a year and got to meet lots of amazing writers and producers. One of them was Nils Ruzicka he was in Berlin around the time of the fall of the wall and the early rise of Berlin techno. His touch of tracks is truly authentic. He was the perfect guy to help mix and finish the track with me.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than now working on your own?

Not really. The best idea always wins, and you just do whatever you need to do to get the track to the finish line.

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

Yes I’m working on a collection of singles, most likely also featuring anonymous female vocalists to be released later this year.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

That’s all TBC!

Any plans to hit the road?

I watched the Avicii documentary recently, which was very moving. For now I’d like to focus on the bit I love which is the creation of the music.

What else is happening next in Jakk Lumino’s world?

I’ve been in Australia for a few weeks. I love listening to the radio here and seeing how they perceive UK music from afar. Really makes you realise the impact of the London music scene across the world. So I’ll be here working on my tan and then back in the studio asap. 

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