We had the good fortune of connecting with Luke Burr and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Luke, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
Giving up isn’t an option. I have this inner feeling that I need to maximise every inch of talent within me and drain every drop of work out of me. I’m lucky to have my gift which God gave me (or whatever you want to believe came from!) and it’s up to me to make the most of it… otherwise it would be better off serving someone else. There is a dark thought at the back of my brain saying “what if you don’t ‘make it’?” (whatever ‘make it’ means!). I very rarely entertain this thought but it is there. And it scares me. I don’t listen to it. When it pops up, I block it out. I truly believe it is my destiny to connect with as many people across the world with my music. I must work as hard as I can and give everything I have to this crazy game. For a long time I obsessed over ‘when I’ve made it’ (which I do still think about) but I try now to believe ‘I’m making it’ every day I do something I love. As long as I’m working as hard as I can, I can’t look back with any regrets. I have to hope and believe the stars will align.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve always loved music from a young age since my dad used to play his old soul records around the house! Stevie wonder and Earth Wind & Fire etc just seemed to resonate with me and I guess I just started to sing along one day! Then I just entered a local talent competition when I was 14 and I won! This gave me some confidence to perform more and from the age of 15 I started to sing in local pubs. Rough pubs turned into nicer venues and parties / weddings & during school I was gigging 2/3times a weekend. It was at these pubs that I really developed my passion for performing and putting on a show. If I could entertain 3 grumpy old men in a corner then I could do anything! Since then the venues have changed and I’ve built my own band performing my own songs but the challenge to entertain people and perform to the best of my ability still remains for me. The biggest buzz I get is when performing live. I signed a record when I was a kid… I thought that was my ticket to where I wanted to be but I worked out the industry doesn’t always work out that way! It’s been an up and down journey full of big highs and deep lows. I’m obsessed with getting as much out of my talent as possible. I’m addicted to the highs of performing and connecting to people through music. I will work as hard as I can to connect with as many people across the world with my music.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m from Essex near London so don’t know LA too well! But I have spent quite a bit of time over there. Spots I love are: To see a gig (or perform): Peppermint Club (one of my favourite places in the world to perform!) To have fun: Universal Studios on Halloween Nights To have a date: One Up in Sherman Oaks To people watch: Venice Beach
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family. My mum, dad and my brother are everything to me. The emotional support they give me has enabled me to stay sane (relatively) in a crazy industry. I can often struggle with ups and downs and they always know what to say to bring me back to myself and ‘home’. My dad has been my roadie for 10 years… driving me to every gig, setting me up and supporting everything I ever do. My family are my rock and without them, I wouldn’t be here.
Sofar took one of the photos. The rest I have credits for. Benny Salz actually took a few of them