An Australian musician with a deep well of talent, Luke Howard is an electronic musician with a strong pedigree. Having composed for music and TV and worked as a session musician, ‘Two Places’ is his second album, released on April 22nd. With great reviews from The 405 and BBC 6 Music among others, his introspective sound has really struck a chord and you can experience it for yourself below, and check out the interview too:
Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?
I’ve been playing the piano pretty much as long as I remember, something I have my parents to thank for – they tried to interest me in many things, and music is one thing that stuck. That said, there’s a difference between the kind of relationship with music one has as a kid versus an adult. It’s a bit more considered now I guess, I have a slightly clearer idea of what I am doing and why.
- What are your main ambitions in the industry?
I am gently ambitious. For now, playing more shows by myself. In the long term, I’d love to write something for orchestra someday.
- When did you start writing your own songs/music?
I was always making little tunes up as a kid, but none of them were really any good – pretty naive as one might would expect. There was a conscious moment at university where I decided it was “time to write music”, but it took several years before I started to write music I was happy with. Sun, Cloud, which I released in 2013, was the first record of mine where I had composed all the music.
- What would you say is your music career highlight to date?
Although it’s a gradual thing, the response to my last few records from all places has been really heartwarming. Mary Anne Hobbs playing some of my music on BBC6 a few years back was a turning point in introducing it to a wider audience.
Recently: playing with Jeff Mills and Derrick May a few weeks ago was a blast, even though techno is not really my thing.
- Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?
My influences undoubtedly include “the usual suspects”, Max Richter, Nils Frahm, Jon Hopkins, etc. I do listen to a lot of classical chamber and orchestral music – some examples being the Beethoven string quartets, the Barber violin concerto, and of course Philip Glass and Arvo Pärt (influences which shouldn’t be too hard to hear). Also a big fan of pianists I grew up listening to, particularly Lyle Mays, Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau.
- What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?
Two Places in some ways is a culmination of the records I’ve made before, mixing both orchestral, chamber and solo piano works.
- Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?
Melbourne is full of incredible music. I’lls (sadly no longer) are one of my favourite Australian bands of the last little while. Check out my buddy Harvey Sutherland’s Solid Steel mix for a great selection of the current crop of Australian music:
- Any gigs coming up?
- Where can we find/follow you online?