EP: What’s the Luke Cusato story! Who are you, how did you get into music?
LC: Well; I’m a 21 year old musician. I like to think my music is honest, passionate and driven by emotion. I’ve also had the opportunity to collaborate with some wicked producers/Rap artists and writers.
I’ve always been a huge music lover, but how I actually got into it was watching the film ‘American Beauty’, there’s a particular scene (the famous floating plastic bag scene) which is accompanied by the song ‘Any Other Name’. Watching that scene is when I truly fell in love with Piano driven music, so from there on I decided to teach myself how to play the piano, which eventually lead to me writing my own songs and soon after that I started to sing (couldn’t hit a note back then either haha). In fact, when I first started singing (I was at home on the piano) I remember my brother coming in and saying “the piano is good bro, but i’d stop singing if i was you”. I guess that encouraged me to prove him wrong haha.
EP: We featured ‘Hopeless’ in our March Essentials Playlist on Tradiio. Talk to us about that song. What’s it about?
LC: Ah thank you so much! I wrote ‘Hopeless’ back in College. In a nutshell its about putting yourself in other people’s shoes because one day it could easily be you in their situation. As human beings we should all help each other out, and for me its important to be selfless.
A little while after releasing ‘Hopeless’ my friend ‘SoundNet’ over in Australia wanted to remix the track, which he did a great job doing and creating a great buzz for the song.
EP: Who inspires you musically? Personally?
LC: Wow, thats always a hard question as theres so many people out there who inspire me, so I always struggle not making my answer into a novel haha.
Good music is good music at the end of the day, and I can’t put a genre to that. There’s a lot of great music out there and I listen to all kinds of stuff so I guess I get inspired by a lot of music. But to name a few of my favourite artists I’d say James Vincent McMorrow, Paolo Nutini, Matt Corby, Allen Stone and Jack Garratt… They really inspire me musically.
Personally: people who are close to me, the situation that I’m in at the time and how I’m feeling have a big impact on what and how I write.
EP: Where do you see yourself in a year’s time? In 5 years? 10?
LC: All big dreams aside and realistically speaking, to be doing music still and to be able to make a decent living from it.
Currently I’m working alongside a fantastic label based in the Netherlands. I’ve got a few singles that they will be releasing so I’m really looking forward to that. For the time being the focus is writing great songs, practicing and just enjoying the place that I’m at right now.
I think practically every new artist’s dream is to one day be working with a major, touring and to be working on releasing an album, all that jazz. But I’ve come to realise whats more important is to understand what you have right now, and to make the most of it. You never know what’s around the corner so let’s see what happens.
EP: What’s your take on the current state of the music industry?
LC: It’s crazy haha! I try to not get too caught up in it all to be honest, I know it’s important to have a good understanding of it all but I think what’s most important is that for me; great music will always shine through no matter what state the industry is in.
When everything went digital, everyone lost their shit. Labels started losing out on loads of money because of illegal downloads of course, and now buying hard copies seems to be at an all time low (speaking from living in the UK anyways). Artists would then obviously struggle too and streaming sites like Spotify and Apple Music appeared. It’s hard to make money.
But to each negative there will always be a positive I feel. There’s always a lot of money to be made regarding tours and gigs too, like selling merch after you’ve played a gig and so on…But to cut a very long story short, it’s not the end of the world haha and like I said, I try to not get too caught up in it.
EP: We found you on Tradiio. How did you find Tradiio?
LC: Someone from Tradiio got in touch with me a few months back actually and that’s how I first found out about Tradiio, I was honoured to be approached by you guys too!
EP: Aww 🙂 If you could do it all over again, what, if anything, would you do differently, and why?
LC: Starting music a lot earlier would have probably been sweet, and if I could go back and meet my younger self, I would tell teen Luke: “Listen lad, you seriously need to write way more than you are now, coz you don’t realise how serious this shit can get and you don’t know what’s around the corner.” Haha…
It’s all about learning too though 🙂
EP: Can we hear you and your music live, and if so where and when?
LC: At the minute I’m hibernating, working on loads of demos and writing with a few different people. I think I’ll be a lot more lively once I’ve got my EP done and when summer is here.
EP: What question do you wish someone would ask you in an interview, but nobody ever does?
LC: Something fun like, “Would you rather be sticky for the rest of your life or itchy for the rest of your life?” Haha!