We had the good fortune of connecting with Lucas Holter and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lucas, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I was raised in a very stoic region of the US. I never understood why people there would give up on and criticize the arts and being creative. It was always discounted and looked down upon during my early years. Performers and artists were “gay” or “weak” or “don’t know an honest days work”. It wasn’t until I left and moved to California that I realized that it was all fear based. Being artistic, being creative, as great as it is, makes you vulnerable to criticism. It forces you open and exposes the fibers of yourself that most people are too scared to show. That is an emotional juggernaut to accomplish and most people will never be able to do it. So, I chose to run directly into the void, because I could no longer justify a life controlled by fear. Am I too old? Too young? Too fat? Too ugly? It doesn’t matter. Truth in expression is the only real thing in the world anymore.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My band , Whiskey & the Wolves, is my baby. It is my greatest dream come true. It is what every band wants to be. A collection of best friends that are more like family, that are also talented, and can also create art without imploding. I’m proud of our honesty in all things. We never pander. We never try to be something we’re not. It is insanely difficult to exist in our current world and still maintain our level of truthfulness. We battle each other constantly, but it is always in an effort to make each other better and pull the cream of our talents into the light. We make each other better and I am so profoundly happy and proud to be surrounded by people of such integrity and talent. The greatest lesson I’ve learned along this journey is to trust your instincts. Otherwise you fall into the bucket of what’s already been created. The reason “one hit wonders” happen is because they jumped into the stream of the moment. I want us to dig our own river. The tastemakers these days just want what’s easy. It’s all about keeping their jobs. No one seems to care for what moves them anymore because it’s too risky to feel the music as you get invested. Another great lesson is don’t trust anyone outside my circle. Everyone becomes enchanted when they watch us live. But then at a meeting a week later, they realize they can’t be in love with us because it puts their job at risk. We are too visceral and scary. I’m proud that we enchant, and then break their hearts because we won’t change. We won’t jump into the stream of easiness. Like I said, we are gonna dig our own fucking river.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The Troubadour is my favorite spot. Maybe that’s generic. Maybe that makes me a douche bag. But, I went from a town of 300 people to headlining the fucking Troubadour. It was a dream. Hotel Cafe is also a wonderful place. If we ever get to play music again, check it out on Wednesday’s. Always popping. Anywhere that has whiskey is a great spot. Not too picky.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
For my part, my most recent success is tied to my brothers in Whiskey & the Wolves, all the supportive and amazing bands in LA and OC (Laced in Blue, The Absurd, Karma Vulture, Graves & the Bad Weather, Ian Abel Band, and so many more), and great people like Lucas Flood who runs Writers Block in major cities all over the country and also runs Inflight Studios.

Website: www.whiskeyandthewolves.com
Instagram: @thelucasholter @whiskeyandthewolves
Twitter: @thelucasholter @whiskey_wolves
Facebook: Gross

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@therobinmedia Robin Sena

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