Last week Brisbane songwriter Devin Luke hit us with You, his sublime first new track of 2018. It’s a labour of love from a man in love, and to be quite honest we’ve fallen a little in love with it too.
To dive a little deeper into the release, Kurt Thompson from The Brave took five with Luke and asked a few choice questions.
Devin Luke’s new single You is a powerful statement of love, and hopefully not the last we’ll hear from the Brisbane songwriter in 2018.
KURT: What inspired you to write the song?
DEVIN: My wife. Falling in love. Life.
KURT: How was the track started? Melody or guitar?
DEVIN: The song started with lyrics. The guitar and melody came together and only took an hour or so. That said, my writing process isn’t really this structured normally.
KURT: How do you come up with the lyric content?
DEVIN: Everything I write is autobiographical in some way. Writing is one of the ways I process. I don’t really have a system for writing lyrics but I do try and write every day.
KURT: Did you have a picture of what sound you wanted before final tracking?
DEVIN: Yeah. Honestly, I was thinking a lot about Damien Rice’s O album when I was recording this. I find myself drawn to music that is raw and emotional. Like someone has let you in to see a part of themselves you wouldn’t normally get to see. I also love a good crescendo.
KURT: The bridge is amazing, it hits at the right time and really takes me to a happy place. Was it emotional singing this part, did it just fit, or did you place it in the song later?
DEVIN: Thanks man. Yeah. Like I said, I am fond of a good crescendo. When I wrote it, the bridge kind of dipped and was really stripped back but Sam (Cromack) suggested we do something else. I remember trying a couple of different ideas. When I sang it like it is now, he was like ‘that’s it!’. We put it down and that was that.
KURT: Are there more releases to come?
DEVIN: There are. I’m working on some new material now. I don’t want to give any dates away at this point but I can say that it won’t be another 5 years ;)
You is out now.