Ethan Lumus, an independent American pop artist based in Austin, TX, who began playing the piano and singing in his childhood church at the early age of four. As a kid, secular music was not played in his home but at the age of twelve, Ethan was first exposed to pop, electronic and country music. These genres in addition to the gospel music of his upbringing, impacted Ethan in a massive way and inspired him to begin writing and composing his own songs! By fusing these influences with his own artistic sensibilities, Ethan has crafted a unique brand of dark pop that is both captivating and energetic. Ethan Lumus instantly captures us with the lyricism of his latest release “Rich & Famous”. The profound genuineness behind the lyrics while keeping the motivational realistic approach with a hint of dreamy detail, Ethan has a relatable hit record that we can’t help but to love! “At the end of the day, we all want to be rich and famous, baby who can blame us” Ethan sings, “We all want to be pretty like the models, and say we met Madonna, and if not at least we know how to dream”. Ethan is basically telling us it’s absolutely okay to dream big, as long as we keep our faith and hard work ethic there’s nothing that can stop us, nor is there anything standing in our way! I think it’s great Ethan created a song like this because just like myself, many people have large dreams in life and it’s always great to hear a song that can give us a little reminder on why it’s okay to aim high! Ethan will no doubt in my mind connect with many people and “Rich & Famous” could be a hit for all!
Listen to Ethan Lumus's new single "Rich & Famous".
Check out our exclusive interview with Ethan, we chat about his music background and about his new album releasing this year.
Hi Ethan, care telling our readers about yourself?
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me! my name is Ethan Lumus and i’m a singer, songwriter and producer from Austin, Texas. I’ve got 7 brothers and sisters, I majored in English in college and I've been writing my own songs for 10 years now.
Is there any specific reason why secular music wasn’t played in your household at a young age?
Secular music wasn’t played because I was raised in a very strict denomination of Christianity. So, no TV shows, no secular music and no Harry Potter. It was definitely a little isolating to have all my peers consuming these things and talking about them all the time and I just had no clue what was going on from a pop culture standpoint until 2007/2008.
Do you remember your first impression of pop music when you were 12 years old? If so can you describe it for us!
Taylor Swift was the very first non-christian artist I ever heard. My family was driving back from vacation and my Dad was listening to a country radio station while we were all sleeping. I woke up and heard Tim Mcgraw and was like, wait - people can sing about something besides Jesus?! it was a life changing experience for me.
How important is it for an artist to connect with their listeners in your opinion?
I think it’s so important for artists to connect with their listeners in a literal way online but I think it’s even more important that an artist knows what their listeners want over time in an emotional and human way.
“Rich & Famous” is a fun yet motivational song. What inspired you to write it?
Thank you so much for saying that! I had a blast writing it. I was really feeling low one day back in the summertime and I felt like I was never gonna break out into music the way I want and that I was going be working two jobs trying to pursue my dream forever. I wanted to turn that stress on it’s head and be kind of sardonic about this whole generation of 90s kids who grew up on Britney and the Spice Girls and reality TV and who just want to be rich and famous. It was super therapeutic to write and produce and even more fun to record. I’m also so grateful that this song was mixed by Geoff Swan who is just a total mixing pro and has learned from the best in his field. He really created a space for the production to thrive and i’m so glad we were able to work together.
What can we expect out of your album you’re planning on debuting in June 2019?The album is all about exclamations. Each song is a big statement that I wish I would have made to myself or someone else or a realization that i maybe stumbled upon too late. It’s a really reflective album in terms of the songwriting. Production wise, it’s so fun. I made ten songs that I love listening to over and over again. There are songs that belong in a club, songs that sound like you’re crying on the deepest part of the ocean floor, songs that sound like you’re in a virtual world, songs that are inspired by music from the 80s and 90s. It’s all really cohesive though in spite of these varying influences and i’m really proud of the work we’ve done so far.
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