The Coffee House Sessions returned last week in a brand new venue, the aptly named Venue, with English singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh on hand to perform some of his songs. Brig’s Scott Paterson was on hand after the set to ask him a few questions.
Luke, your new single Still was released in August, how would you describe that song?
It’s kind of a different sound for me, it’s got a certain swagger to it. When I recorded it, I didn’t have a name for it and it was called Sexy Song, which was what I had because to me it had this kinda groove to it which is not always evident in some of my other stuff. It came together in a very different way where I had built the track up first, then I wrote the lyrics afterwards, which I very rarely ever do. And then lyrically it’s about perseverance really, just noticing the world rushing past and the fickleness of people just moving on and kind of just defiantly sticking to your guns and just going “this is me”. Trying not to move with the wind too much, you know?
How do you tend to relax after a show? What’s the routine do you take?
Go to bed! And have a bath! That’s been my new rock ‘n’ roll routine on this tour because we’ve been staying in Premier Inns, other chains are available, and they have a bath in most of them and I just decided to have a bath one night and thought “hey this is good, this is relaxing”, so I’ve been doing that every night. More traditionally, I don’t really know if I do a very good job at relaxing, because usually you finish your show and I’m not really diva enough, I think ideally I would sit on my own for 20 minutes but I’m not really at the stage to tell everyone. I mean, usually, my manager and everyone comes in and are like “oh well done!” and you just carry on going but I’m not that kind of guy who can just say you know what “can everyone please just piss off” (laughs), but I think ideally I’d like to. That’s how I like to unwind, a bit of quiet, because they’re intense experiences on stage and sometimes it’s nice to just sit and think about what happened rather than just have more people and more activity, I like to reflect on things, and so that would be my ideal thing, but it doesn’t happen very often.
Last year, you supported Robert Plant at the iTunes festival. What was it like to open for such a music legend?
(Laughs) No big deal! It was very bizarre and completely unplanned. I didn’t grow up on a lot of good music, so I’m not a giant Led Zeppelin fan or anything but it doesn’t matter, you know how he’s a god basically. You never really get to spend much time with these people but we had a pleasant five minute chat and stuff, he’s a nice guy and that was a really big moment for that year. Just the gig itself, to get it, yeah and to be opening for Mr Plant, it was mental.
What are your plans for the rest of this year?
I have a tour, a very short tour in November, I’m not exactly sure when and where but that’s the promo EP tour. And then there’s not really much else because I’ve got to write this second album and I need time to do that so that’s number one on the agenda to get that done and get like a plot on it and get recording it and hopefully have it out sometime early next year.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
I have literally no idea, I’m trying to think where I was five years ago as well. I never thought I’d be paying the bills, full time doing it, so that’s the only thing I really want to be able to do, is just carry on doing it for as long as possible. It’s not easy to carry on an artistry, the world moves on quite quickly and usually artists have a couple of years in the spotlight and then fade away. So to still be doing this in five years and getting paid to do shows, having fans come out, releasing albums, that would be great, I’d love that. Whether I can see it, I’m quite a cynical person so (laughs), I’m sort of expecting it all to stop tomorrow, do you know what I mean? So everyday that things are going well I’m like “ooh, nice!”
And finally, what can we expect from your new material?
I signed a record deal and did the [last] album, and though I’m proud of it there were parts of the whole experience that I didn’t like and parts of the album that I wish were slightly different and in a way things actually ended up happening that I wasn’t really happy with. So I’m now not with that label anymore and this EP was like me finding my feet after that and going “right, this is back to how I want to be.” This EP, I’m really proud of it, I think I kind of landed on something that both referred back to my earlier EPs and has a sense of progression as well. So I want it land somewhere in this new EP territory, we’ll see really, I’ve hardly written any of it yet (laughs), so we’ll see but I think that 10 or so tracks of that EP will be what it will sound like.