Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to start to become an artist?
I think the moment I decided to become an artist (professionally) was when my demo was entered into the ‘Best Unsigned Act’ category at the UMA’s by my good friend’s older brother – which I actually went on to win by an audience vote.
Introduce us to you and your musical history?
Hey there. I’m Lukas Setto and I’ve been in the music game for a long time now. It’s been a tough and challenging road with many ups and downs, but amongst all that I have made some fantastic memories and music!
I’m not going to say that music was my calling from a young age because I had no idea I had a gift for music until I won the UMA … things spiraled from there and so my story began. I’ve always loved music in the sense of listening to it and going out dancing to it .. my Dad was a DJ and had a massive collection of legendary music that I heard throughout my youth. All the greats have heavily influenced my sounds and occasionally there is a current artist that hits the spot too! Music is my heart and soul and I couldn’t imagine my life without it.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
The question above! 😏
What useless party trick /talent do you have/?
I can twist my tongue left and right.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
A gig I did at a venue was a converted church called the ‘Landmark’ in Bournemouth. I traveled down with about 40 of my family and friends on a coach and it felt like ‘An audience with Lukas Setto’ as it was specifically my night. I was a completely unknown artist but managed (with the help of my family and friends of course) to pack the place out, and it was an amazing night.
What was the worst experience on stage?
I did a gig at Leeds University once where I performed for about 10 students. It wouldn’t have been a big deal, but there were more than 200 students that left the club and went into the bar next to the club before I’d even started singing!
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
This won’t surprise everyone, but a lot of people think I’m from the US when I’m actually from the good old UK.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Boring answer, but not particularly.
What advice would you give other artists starting out?
For most artists, the road to success can be difficult. But a difficult journey will keep you grounded and help you appreciate the success when it comes. Be persistent, stay focused and believe in yourself.
Name a four-piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc)
Lead singer: Michael JacksonKeys/Lead singer: Bruno MarsBass: Bernard EdwardsDrums: Anderson Paak
What’s your biggest achievement as an artist?
Knocking Silk Sonic off of the number 1 spot in the UK Soul Chart with my single ‘About Time’. (As you can probably tell, I’m a fan!)
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I’m not one for blowing my own trumpet, but I’d say the universal appeal of my songs. And maybe the tone of my voice!? 😜
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most in the industry?
Probably the correlation between streams and sales. 🤔
What’s your favorite song to play live and why?
I’d have to say ‘What Turns You On’ – simply because the crowd sing it so loud I can rest my voice for a minute.
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
You are absolutely right, but all I can tell is….. it will be released at the end of January 2022! 😉
Talk me through the thought process of the EP?
I’m heavily influenced by 90’s R&B and wanted to blend that sound with a modern twist. I tend to write about relationships, heavily leaning towards the sexual side of a relationship – and this EP is no different.
What was the recording process like?
The way I normally work is to build a track, generally starting with a beat and moving up through the instruments, however in the case for both tracks on the ‘After Dark’ EP it was the chord progression that came first, then I built around that. Then I write the song, record all the vocals, mix the track, then send it off to be mastered.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the EP?
Don’t hold music back. If you believe in your songs – release them. These two tracks were originally not considered for singles, but today as artists we have more opportunities to have more creative control – which is exactly what I had with this EP.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
What are your plans for the year ahead?
My plans for 2022 are to record and release as much music as possible. And all being well, gig as much as possible too!!
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?