Q&A: Luchi On Songwriting And His New Single
Growing up in Glasgow, singer-songwriter Luchi discovered early on that music is the best outlet for his emotions.
In addition to writing for other acts, he has recently released his first two solo singles, both of which broke into the Top 2o of the UK iTunes singer-songwriter charts. With personal lyrics and a soulful voice, Luchi also became a semi finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest 2016.
In this interview, he talks about his latest single “Unlove U”, his plans for the future, and the importance of “songwriter antennae”.
Part I — Getting To Know Luchi
An album everyone should listen to:
This is a tough one but if I had to choose one I’d say Kelly Clarkson — My December. I loved this album and the fact that she fought to write her own songs and they are so raw and honest, I think it’s one of her best albums! Love artists that stand up for what they believe in!
A film everyone should watch:
One movie that I love is To Write Love On Her Arms. It’s the story of how the charity by the same name formed and shows mental health issues so well! It’s a tear jerker so have tissues ready.
A book everyone should read:
The Shack by William P. Young is one of my favourite books I’ve read. It was so great I’ve read it more than once and the movie adaptation is great too.
A place everyone should visit:
Nashville. I was lucky enough to go a few years back and the place is amazing. Full of music and don’t miss a show at The Bluebird Cafe, I can’t wait to go back again.
A mistake everyone should make:
A mistake everyone should make is to spend the money you have on something wild and adventurous! I’m not saying plunge yourself into debt or bad advice but live your life while you can, have experiences with the ones you love, create memories as you never know what tomorrow will bring.
Sing along, listen, turn off — Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry:
Nooooooooooo! That’s tough! I’d say:
Sing Along — Taylor Swift
Listen — Ed Sheeran
Turn Off — Katy Perry; only because I love the other two but I also love Katy.
Part II — Q&A
How did you first get into music?
Well I have always sang from a young age and loved it. I used to sing just for fun at family parties etc with my cousins. At about 13, I started exploring writing songs and studied all different types of music to see how each genre was crafted differently and self taught myself. From 16 onwards, I was in and out of studios recording, writing for others and about a year and a half ago I moved to London to do music and songwriting full time.
What is your songwriting process?
This is different every time. Sometimes it’s a killer hook or melody you sing that you try to fit words to or you write the lyrics and melody and then add chords underneath or in co-writing sessions you can bring a title or concept and build from there.
There is no actual set way to write which is beautiful and I’ve recently been top-line writing, which involves writing lyrics and melody over a music track, which is another cool way to be inspired by the track.
I’d say to anyone just find what works for you. Having a backlog of notes with titles, concepts, ideas and a phone full of voice memos of melodies is great too for days when you need inspiration!
As a mentor of mine, Mark Cawley, once said, always have your songwriter antenna up. Collect cool phrases from books or tv, conversations people have and things they say that could be a different/unique way to say something.
What is the best part of songwriting and what is the worst?
The best part of songwriting is having an outlet for your emotions and feelings. It’s something that I think you can forget on the journey through the industry — that you have a gift and something special, so be grateful.
The worst part of songwriting? Well there isn’t really, but an annoying part is when you wake up in the middle of the night with an idea and you have to get it down incase you forget in the morning and sometimes you end up awake at 3am writing when you should be sleeping… other than that, it’s a sweet job to have.
Is there anything other songwriters do that annoys you?
There is nothing in particular I’d say annoys me about others writing styles as I do respect other writers and everyone has a unique style and flavour to their writing. I’d say the only thing that annoys me is when you’re working with someone who is either dismissive or doesn’t want to try something new. That can kill a songwriting session but it’s all about collaboration these days and I can say I’ve been pretty lucky to work with some fab people.
Your debut single was “Don’t Look Back”. Why did you choose that song as your first release?
I chose “Don’t Look Back” as the first single as it was kind of the start of the story. It was actually the last song I write for the project in December last year and it was written with Willow Rivers.
It was about following your dreams and leaving your past behind and moving on so I thought it was the perfect way to start the whole project off and a really positive message in there too.
Your new single is called “Unlove U”. What was the inspiration behind it?
Well, “Unlove U” was written a while ago when I was in a relationship with my ex. We were at a difficult stage and I was down in London writing. I had popped into Starbucks on my way to the studio and I was eaves-dropping on a conversation of two girls. One of them said to her friend “sometimes I wish I could just go back and unlove him.”
I liked the way she said it so I got in a taxi and by the time I got to the studio, I had written the whole song and we recorded a demo of it that day! It does relate to how I was feeling about my relationship and just the perfect way to say what I wanted to get out because I knew it was coming to an end. I didn’t actually want to face the hurt and heartbreak of it all. I actually played it for my ex when I got back from London and it sparked an awkward conversation.
What is your favourite line from “Unlove U” and why?
I love the line, “every promise made, forever changed” in the song because it just breaks my heart a little. The whole idea when you’re in love that it’s going to be forever and always and you make promises to each other and then suddenly, it can fall apart and the plans you made change.
What’s next for you?
Next up for me is the 3rd single “Coming Home” which is out in October this year and my debut EP will follow shortly after. I’ve already started working on the follow up which is very exciting. I’m also planning on getting out on the road and playing some shows around the UK and Europe… and anywhere else that’ll have me. Lots more to come so always check my socials for info.
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