Written by: Tom Verity.
Photo’s: DIY Magazine & The 2&6 Collective
Merging progressive jazz, euphoric symphonies and stirring croons into an experimental R&B mashup; London-based producer Lucy Lu finds a sound to quickly get obsessed with. Following the release of his latest single ‘Compos Mentis’ and after spending the majority of 2019 on the road – we got the chance to catch up with Lucy Lu before he supported Loyle Carners return to the stage at Amsterdam’s Paradiso.
“I didn’t even get into music until I was fourteen” explains Lucy Lu, real name Luke Bower. Having not picked up an electric guitar until his attendance at Brit School, the evolution into his current capacity is even more impressive. “I started off just writing folk music with an acoustic guitar”. “When I left Brit, I just wanted to start a band with horns, violin and trumpet and stuff… yeah this was probably my transition into interesting music”.
One of the strengths Bowers current portfolio comes from his variation in style, and much of this he eludes is the “prominent influence” of those he surrounds himself with. A member of Nilufer Yanya’s live band, mates with both Loyle Carner/Rebel Kleff and collaborating with Puma Blue, Harvey Causon and Gabriel Gifford on the regular; Bower is not a man short of musical inspiration. “I’m still producing all of my own stuff, but would love to find a producer just to work with on one EP and
change it up I guess”.
“I’ve been touring all year long, and can’t wait to get back into writing with some space in January just to see what comes out. Being present in mind is important and something which I don’t think I have been this year. I’d love to just have that time I used to have back in the day in the studio, no fucking around”. But Bower is still finding the time to invest in his sound and describes his latest harmonic release ‘Compos Mentis’ as mirroring the “underlying theme in his life of distance and
travel” and points towards the as-yet unreleased ‘Insomniac’ as his favourite track yet.
When asked around the possibility of a debut album coming soon, Bower acknowledges “It’s getting to that time where you just need to make an album. Whether it’s the right time for me, with enough people listening and enough people calling for it, I’m not sure. But you can’t create with strategy you know, just gotta go with it.”
“I would love to headline something in the US like ACL, Coachella or some shit like that or even that one called meadow in the mountains in eastern Europe”. Lucy Lu may have to settle for now with dates booked in supporting Cat Empire in the UK & Spain next spring and a slot at Great Escape festival next summer. As a die-hard Liverpool fan, Bowers conversation drifts naturally towards highlighting the exploits of his team this season. It may be looking like Liverpool’s year in 2020 but with extended studio time, further planned collabs and increasing momentum behind his loyal following; Bower may just have double cause for celebration over the next few months.