Passionate singer-songwriters like Luke Keegan are few and far between. Blessed with a soulful voice and a
mesmerising guitar-playing technique, Luke is currently living in the seaside resort of Scarborough where he is
making a name for himself in local music circles, having recently played a number of high-profile sets,
one of which was at The Victoria Hotel in support of Edwina Hayes.
Whether he's belting out a clutch of original songs or stealthily covering tunes by some of his
musical heroes such as Elliot Smith, to see and hear Luke doing what he does best can't fail to have a profound impact on you.
Steve was lucky enough to witness Luke in action at 'The Victoria', and in the wake of Luke's stunning set, it didn't take long for Steve to formulate the following questions in order to discover as much as possible about the man behind the music.
Hey Luke, how you doing?
Hello. I'm good thanks.
You are a singer/songwriter who is currently based in Scarborough. Have you lived there for long, and what do you think of the music scene up in North Yorkshire in general?
I've been in Scarborough for 2 years now. I'm doing the degree in 'Creative Music Technology' they've got going on up at the uni. I think the music scene up here is very good. It's part of the reason I came up.
You cite the likes of Jeff Buckley and Elliot Smith as major influences on the type of material that you write. What is it about their work that appeals to you?
This is a really hard question; I guess what I look for in music is something that excites me, something that happens in the music that you can't predict. I like how they mess around with structure. They are 2 great musicians. I hope that's a good enough answer.
How long have you been writing songs, and do you find the songwriting process an easy or difficult one?
I've been writing songs since I was 13. I don't see songs in how easy or difficult they are to write. Some just take longer than others, but I'd never force myself to complete one. It will just happen when it does. I really like Damien Rice's description of songwriting; he said it's a lot like 'throwing-up'. I think that's the best way of putting it.
You have played a number of high profile sets whilst you've been living in Scarborough, including a set at the third 'Acoustic Gathering' event in Peasholm Park. Do you still get nervous when performing in front of an audience?
I don't get nervous before playing cause I've done it for a while now, but I did get a few shakes before going on at 'Acoustic Gathering'. I was opening the whole festival and I've never had to get a boat to the stage before. It was great fun though.
You can be seen playing both on your own and with a band. Which set up do you prefer, and why?
I like them both equally as much. Playing with the band gives me a chance to play songs that don't work with just a guitar and voice, and some songs work better with me by myself in a small room. It's very fulfilling to hear a song I wrote in my bedroom late at night in a full band environment; those guys are awesome.
You recently released and EP entitled 'The Insomniac's Rule Book'. What's the story behind the title , and how can people get hold of a copy?
I suppose I was a bit of an insomniac at the time of making it. I was staying in a very small room at the time and going slightly mad. There are a few copies in 'Mojo's Cafe' in Scarborough.
Have you begun work on your debut album as yet? If so, when do you think it will be ready for release?
YES! To be honest I've got 3 albums on the way. The first one is called 'How To Build A Time Machine' which I have done with my friend Andy Greening (Bass Player of Mum Locked In Castle) and Rowan Oliver (Goldfrapp). I aim to get that out in October. I'm also going into a studio at the end of August to record another album which I'm gonna call 'Pale Shapes', and this might end up coming out before 'Time Machine'.
Do you find the process of laying down tracks in a studio environment to be a rewarding experience or a frustrating chore?
It's very rewarding, I love it. I can't wait till October so I can get to hold a copy.
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