Luke James Williams is a UK based singer-songwriter from Cambridge. His latest EP
‘Drove’ was just released which was recorded at his home then mixed with Nick Kozuch at Unit
Studios, and lastly mastered in New York City by Josh Bonati.Luke has been raved about for his
engaging performances and had even been personally invited to support the likes of Stu
Larsen, Mark Chadwick and folk duo Megson.
The lead single on his EP is titled "Rabbit Hole" and it has been played by BBC6 Music, BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio. Williams has a nice blend of alternative folk pop somewhat like Bon Iver with soothing ambient instrumentals and melodies that is pleasing to the ears. “Rabbit Hole” is very mysterious and almost ominous as Luke talks about a person who seems to be going down the wrong path in their life. Luke seems to be calling out as a warning to this person and he feels like he can’t let this person do something destructive to their life. The
melodies are very calm and gentle but yet the shaker or percussion keeps it driving to keep it
from becoming a ballad. In addition to this, there are a lot of natural sounds that may mimic that
of being in a forest or taking place in woods of some sort. This has a good story telling quality to
it in the audio just itself, but it must be breathtaking seeing Luke James Williams play it live.
Listen to "Rabbit Hole" here and get to know Luke James Williams in our interview below!
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hello. My name is Luke James Williams. I live in a small village just outside the beautiful city of Cambridge in England, UK.
Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?
I've been writing and playing music since I was a child. Through my late teens and early twenties I played in different bands but a couple of years ago I decided to write and perform solo. I have just released my debut EP ‘Drove’. I recorded it at home in the Spring, mixed it with Nick Kozuch at Unit Studios, Letchworth and it was mastered in New York City by Josh Bonati (Sufjan Stevens, Tallest Man On Earth, Mac DeMarco). The first single ‘Rabbit Hole’ has received airplay on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing whilst other cuts from the EP have been featured and played by the likes of Folk Radio UK and Hype Machine.
Do you write your own music? Can you tell us a bit about your writing style?
Yes, I write my own music. I am constantly noting down and recording little fragments; words, melodic motifs, chord progressions. Some of these fragments stick with you and kind of tug at your arm to be worked on and hammered into shape. It's about letting those little ideas guide you as to what kind of song it will end up becoming.
We’re really into your new song "Rabbit Hole"! Can you tell us a bit about it?
Thank you, I'm glad you like it. Prior to recording, it was a song that got a strong reaction when I played it live. After completing the first mixes of the EP, it became an obvious choice as the lead track and I've been really pleased with the response.
Where did the inspiration behind "Rabbit Hole" come from?
It is a song about the complex range of emotions you feel when someone you care about is going through a rough time, battling with their demons. Whilst it can be confusing and frustrating, the underlying feeling is love - just wanting to see that person get better and work their way through it.
Did you face any challenges in the creation and recording process of the song?
I was really happy with my original demo of the song and so that's always tricky when you decide to record it "properly". It forces you to really try to work out what is making the song tick and make sure that the final version retains that spirit of the early demo.
What are three things you’d love your fans to know about you?
1. Peas are my favourite food. 2. I love long walks in the countryside. 3. I can clap my feet louder than you can clap your hands.
Any upcoming shows? For someone who hasn’t seen you live yet, how would you describe your performance?
I have some great support slots coming up. My final gig of 2018 is supporting Mark Chadwick of UK indie/folk legends The Levellers. In January, I'll be supporting award-winning folk duo Megson at their album launch party and in March I'm supporting support Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Simon Hinkler (The Mission). My live performances are quite stripped back and raw; just me with an acoustic guitar. Whilst I would love to build a band in the future, for now it is very much about playing the songs in their purest form and getting the words and melodies across in the simplest way possible.
What’s next for you in 2019?
I have been writing lots of new songs which I hope to record and release in 2019. I am currently booking up UK festivals for the summer and I'll be touring in the UK and Europe throughout the year.
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