We decided to have a chat with Melbourne producer, LUCIANBLOMKAMP, to reflect on how far he has come and what to expect from him in the future.
Harry: What made you want to become a musician?
Lucian: I had a passion for violin from a young age and started taking lessons when I was six. A family friend’s recital of Mendelssohn’s violin concerto was one of the earliest triggers actually. I was so taken by the piece that for some years it was almost the sole drive for why I wanted to be a violinist. For almost a decade I purely practiced to become an instrumentalist. It was only when I was about 15 that I thought to start writing songs of my own. Writing began to seem so ideal compared to solely being a violinist. There were no rights or wrongs. My whole life I had only listened to other people’s rules about music, and being able to take things into my own hands was extremely liberating. Since then, things have just continued to snowball into what it’s become today.
H: Who or what influences your music?
L: All of my music is pretty heavily based around emotional expression rather than stories about events I’ve experienced or people who I know. Obviously I’m constantly being influenced by external events, but I very rarely focus on them when making music. In a way, making music is more of a cleansing process. This is especially true of my instrumental tracks. Although, when my songs have a very clear meaning or influence, they’re almost always based on internal conflicts.
H: What is the first step you usually take when you begin to write a new track?
L: All of my songs are heavily based around atmospheres. Whether I achieve this as well as I’d like to or not, I’d like to think that I create a different setting for every song. This simple idea of a new environment is usually what sparks the initial idea. Good ideas at least.
H: What’s your favourite song at the moment?
H: What’s your favourite song from your own releases?
L: Perhaps, “In Time” feat. Rosebud Leach & Robert Glaesemann. Over time I’ve realised that I’ve definitely had the fewest hangups about this song in particular.
H: If you could choose anyone, who would you do a collaboration with?
L: I guess it’s not the most creative or unique response, but probably Thom Yorke. There have been very few questionable things about his entire career and discography which I definitely can’t say about many other people.
H: What’s the best and worst experience you have had while performing live?
L: It sounds like nothing but people singing along at shows really gets to me in the best way possible no matter the context. It seems quite bizarre to think that anyone would listen to my music, so having a bunch of people come together and sing still seems beyond surreal. The worst experience must have been the very first time I incorporated vocals, violin and guitar into the set. It was still one of my very first shows and pretty much everything imaginable went wrong. There weren’t enough power cables, there weren’t enough leads, there was no sound guy or pretty much anyone to help, I’d somehow forgotten a piece of gear behind and when I did eventually get started there was this constant blaring feedback that lasted throughout the entire show. My set-up at the time was such an absolute mess that I don’t know how I thought I’d avoid it to be honest. Such dark times. At least I can say I’ve definitely progressed [laughs].
H: Your girlfriend, Rosebud Leach, sings on some of your tracks throughout your releases. I gather we are going to hear more from her?
L: Definitely. I guess I can’t give away too much about upcoming releases, but I suppose it’s not too unexpected to say that we’ve got another song together. Her voice compliments my music so perfectly, and seeing as we’re always on a very similar page with our music, it just makes sense to work together.
L: I’ve recently just finished a new album which will ideally be released later this year. It’s very early days in the planning process so obviously nothing’s certain, but at least you can know that lots of new material is on it’s way. I’m really excited to see what the rest of this year has in store.
Be sure to catch LUCIANBLOMKAMP perform at Howler this Easter Sunday, tickets are only $15. I know I will be.
l8rs h8rs, Harry