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

Hi Luke, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
It wasn’t always my goal to pursue music as my career. There was a time where I thought I would go to business school and take the more “conventional” route. But when I began applying to schools I was gigging and playing shows a lot more in Minneapolis (where I grew up). It was at that time when i decided to take this passion further and pursue music as my career. I had dreams of playing on other artists records and touring the world as a guitar player. So far I have had the privilege to live that dream. It wasn’t until recently that I gained the confidence to write and record my own music as an artist. As much as i enjoy elevating other’s music, there is something even more gratifying when I take an idea out of thin air and create an original song I can share with the world. It’s all i want to do from sunrise to sundown and can’t imagine doing anything else with my life.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Everything I create is honest and from personal experience. It’s difficult for me to write about anything else that isn’t autobiographical. Not to say that autobiographical is a unique approach, but not everyone has the same story and my story is unique to me.

I got to where I am today by lots of practice, networking, and constantly stepping out of my comfort zone (I.e. moving from Nashville to LA, or taking a gig you may feel you have imposter syndrome in). In the creative world, especially in music, your network is really your direct line to getting gigs. All word of mouth. Every gig that has come my way was from a referral. The more friends and colleagues you have and show up doing consistently good work, then the more calls you will get. It’s pretty simple. The road of music, although it was a clear choice, has never been easy. I was self taught up until college and quickly learned there was a language I couldn’t speak…music theory. So I had to really work hard to understand the basics of how to communicate with other musicians if I wanted to survive as a freelance musician. Those tools definitely carried over to facilitate my songwriting and composing.

What I have learned along the way is that fear can really slow you down from things you are more than capable of achieving. There are so many things I have wanted to try (like writing music) that I completely pushed off due to lack of confidence and fear. Fear gets you nowhere.

I want people to know me as someone who is easy to work with and fun loving.
When people listen to my music it is hopefully relatable and inspiring. I also hope it makes whoever is listening groove. One of my songs I’m proud of is about powerful/driven women and the gift of being in love with one. It’s funny cause that one was a little out of my comfort zone sonically and I thought nobody would like it, but that song got the most response. The song is called “Go Getter.”

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?
Well with Covid it’s hard to know whats open, but in a world where covid didn’t exist…

I would definitely bring them to highland park. Catch a night of live music at ETA. In the mornings I would take them Adams coffee shop in West Adams, then grab breakfast at Alta next door. For venues I would probably go to a show almost every night of the week. One night at the Bootleg, another at the Echo, then at Gold diggers, and then a Largo show at the Coronet. For a day activity I would take them for a drive through Topanga Canyon and grab lunch at this neat Thai joint called Cholada. Then drive down to Santa Monica on the beach. I find Venice to be a really interesting place and would drive down Rose Ave and grab a coffee a Rose cafe or Gjusta. Definitely would have to do the classic hike/walk through Runyon up to Griffith Observatory. Theres so much more I’m missing, but this is a good start. 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?
My Mother. She was the one who drove me to all the late night jams, band rehearsals, and guitar lessons growing up. Always encouraging me to pursue my passion and nurturing creativity. I owe it all to her.

Website: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2li5CnT0NhYdw5OPrdgQ2d?si=OKJ55rPlQyapwDMFDv16Lw

Instagram: @lukeenyeartmusic

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZcORZ-cywE

Other: Here’s a recent single I put out with my friend Zach Brose. https://open.spotify.com/track/20hccqX9xHhUMFTeoR0glh?si=B9zNDnOrQW6tHAk4GHVQZA

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