Solo Musician Interview: Luminous

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Where are you from?

I’m from Glasgow where I generally work and make music from but I’ve been about a bit.

How long have you been playing your respective instrument(s)?

I’ve been playing instruments for close to 30 years, I’m always adding new styles and ideas- generally I will practice 10 instruments a day.

What genre of music do you consider your work to be?

Here’s the difficult question, I honestly don’t know, I try and get other people to do that…at a push? Funky-arabic-electronic-improvised-jazz-african-acoustic-electric-rock.

What are your influences

Again there are so many I would struggle to sum them up…Some of the most important artists to me are John Coltrane, JS Bach, Shakti,Scott Walker and the Who.

Do you do covers and if so what’s your go to?

Very, very rarely, though I do learn other pieces of music and dissect them.

Do you have a process for writing your songs?

No, I’ve found that If I use the same process too many times I get stale. I’ll start with anything that catches my ear, drum beat, guitar lick, synth arp etc. I quite often write purely using manuscript…I find that quite liberating.

Do you have any interesting/funny stories about gigging or touring?

Haha…what happens on the road stays on the road

What song do you remember most from your childhood?

Great question….Big Bad John by Jimmy Dean….it was one of the few records in the house so I listened to it endlessly.

What has been your biggest challenge as a performer? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so then how?

Mainly keeping it fresh for me. Translating what I do on record to stage is always difficult so I tend to just do something else.

How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?

You can find a whole bunch of albums and Eps here

and here

Have you released anything yet/if you have then how has it gone down and are you planning anything for the near future?

I have 7 things out as Luminous and am currently working on a new album “ Precarious Karma “ which is taking a long time as I have to train myself in new instruments for it. I also am working on an opera.

Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues?

I’ve pretty much played in various guises all over the UK and in a few other countries. In Glasgow I think Broadcast is a great venue, I’m going to be polite and not mention the not so great ones.

Do you have any upcoming shows?

At the moment I am recovering from some fairly major surgery so am unable to plan shows, but I will be back at some point.

What do you think about downloading music online?

Being honest? I don’t think it has helped musicians , artists or bands in general. While it’s great to have access to a huge amount of stuff on demand it cheapens peoples work and for every online success story there are a whole bunch of people whose livelihood has been removed.

What’s your outlook on the record industry today?

It’s pretty precarious isn’t it…The majors shot themselves in the foot and are no longer willing to support anything different or new, I’m hoping a new fairer model will spring up from the ashes but until the public puts value on the artists by going to see shows, sharing links and buying their work it’s going to become a dinosaur.

And let’s end with something a little different…Which famous person, alive or dead, would you have dinner with and why?
My Dog Trotsky…..he’s famous in certain circles, failing that? Aleister Crowley.


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