The diary for 2019 is now here and I am taking bookings! It's amazing how quickly time flies by, I can't believe I am already booking gigs beyond Christmas 2018... CRAZY!
Make sure you get your dates in to avoid disappointment!
Have a great bank holiday weekend folks!
Well, 2017 went quickly!
This year has been mad and full of more... Well, EVERYTHING than I could have anticipated!
Things were not easy at the start of the year. My Mum lost her battle with cancer at the end of January. I can't really believe it has been that long. It certainly doesn't feel it! Apart from how sad it was (and is), as anyone who has had to deal with the loss of a close family member will tell you there is a lot to sort out, both emotionally and practically.
Thankfully Em (my ever loving wife-to-be) was absolutely amazing in helping me in all possible ways and the support of my friends and family has been greatly appreciated.
I am still sorting things out, truth be told, but I am looking forward to getting back on track and moving forward with all the plans that were put in hold during this difficult time. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for some new projects in 2018!
Gigs have been great this year, and there are still a few left to do! I want to thank all the venues and people who have booked me to play this year, I can honestly say every gig this year has been a real pleasure.
I've been lucky enough to see some amazing places this year. I have spent days walking around Amsterdam and I have the Taj Mahal ticked off my bucket list. It is amazing. Go see it!
I've read some great books, currently enjoying Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. It blasts through human history and has some really interesting takes on how we as a species have become what we are. I can't wait to read his next one, Homo Deus. I've been using Joe Wickes' Lean In 15 books for cooking and workout inspiration and loving it, bosh, midget trees and all!
I've heard some great music all year long thanks to Spotify and their brilliant personalised weekly playlist. New tracks of the year for me are James by Sam Brookes and Don't Kill My Vibe by Sigrid.
Still loving my video games and Overwatch and Horizon Zero Dawn have been stand outs for me this year. Go play 'em.
So, I'm looking forward to the warm, cosy count down to Christmas and going to see family in Stockholm for NYE. Have a great end to your year everyone, thanks for listening and I'll see you in 2018.
Live music all weekend - perfect. I am out this evening at The William Walker in Winchester and then I am over in Lymington for an engagement party tomorrow and in Christchurch for a last minute wedding gig on Sunday! That should keep me out of trouble this weekend.
I have been learning a few new golden oldies this week so am looking forward to rolling those out over the next few gigs, The Boys Are Back In Town and Movies - SUCH great tracks that really take me back. #tbt
Also at the moment I am taking a lot of bookings, it is great when you have been around the block a few times and you find a groove. I am now working with a load of really great people and I am loving every moment of it. My gigs are all at great venues and everyone I deal with is awesome.
Over the years I have come across some hilarious situations, individuals and corners of the earth, all of which will have a special mention in my soon to be book, Behind The Mic. I have been pulling the content together for the past couple of years and I have just been given a bit of a boot up the backside and told I need to get it finished and out there. I love writing, recording and producing music but writing a book is completely new to me. I do love a challenge though so bring.it.on.
The new track Charlatan is also being processed at the moment and will be live soon, I promise ;-)
Lots going on as always ;-)
Thanks to everyone for the continued support, clapping and head bobbing.
Lucas ;-) x
Finally, my latest song "Charlatan" is now ready for release. It is with the distributers ready to be fired out into the world. I have been writing this song since last year, I am not sure why it has taken so long to finish but over the last few months I have been focusing on it pretty much every day.
I would explain what the song is about but I prefer to leave it up to you, the audience, to make up your own minds!
I have worked on the production myself. I really enjoy the technical side of things as well as the creative. I am always looking to improve my writing skills and learning to produce is another part of the journey!
As soon as the song is ready for release I will let you know but for now I hope you like the artwork... It's eerie and bold, and a good visual representation of some of the lyrical ideas. I like it!
Thank you to SoMedia for making it happen.
What an incredible few months it has been! I have played all over the place for all kinds of awesome people. The weather has been fantastic too which is such a relief. When you know a great venue have spent months and months planning a huge event for everyone to enjoy, it is so disheartening when the heavens open and we all have to cram inside!
Massive thanks to everyone who has been to a gig or invited me to play for them - absolutely loving the support!
The busy season will continue, so please check the dates page fore more info on where I am next!
It's been a while, so let me start by saying I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year's (feels like a lifetime ago doesn't it?!). The live music scene is doing well I am being contacted by new venues and individuals for weddings, parties and evening gigs weekly which is good fun.
It's been a mad old time in my world over the last few months. I also want to thank Emma, my friends and family for being incredible during a very difficult time recently.
In amongst the chaos, we've had a couple of great trips away and ticked off a bucket list box by swimming with turtles! I think it's best to try and prioritise travel as much as you can, it is a big wonderful world out there and a great trip is infinitely better to look back on than a new TV / kitchen / other expensive thing you might want. My (93 year old) Nan is about to go to America for a few months to see my auntie and I'm so happy she still feels up to the journey! What an inspiration.
I'm really looking forward to this summer, to new recordings, all the events we already have in the diary and a new business venture we are currently cooking up!
I was recently given a fantastic book on home studio mixing (thanks Em!) called Mixing Secrets, so I am enjoying educating myself more about good mixing practice and the physics of why things sound like they do.
Anyway! Hope you are all looking forward to something good in your lives and working towards something you enjoy (perhaps a refreshing G&T?).
Summer seems to be spluttering out, I attended a very British BBQ in the rain last weekend. Excellent! Summer is more of a state of mind for us Brits, so with that in mind...
Having recently gone back to having one car between me and my lovely finance, the time has come to buy something with rear wheel drive and a soft top. Whoooooo!
(For insurance purposes, my legal team have asked me to point out that no fun will be had by me at the wheel of any car, ever).
I have been getting some incredibly positive feedback from people at gigs recently, and I wanted to say I have really appreciated it. If you ever see someone doing something and you think they are good, please let them know! It would make the world a slightly nicer place.
I was very privileged to play at one of my oldest friends weddings last Sunday and I am so pleased for them - what an excellent wedding it was! The group congregated on the lawns in the New Forest whilst I played a quirky track by Pearl Jam.
Life continues winding on in its fairly unpredictable and wonderful way, and I am constantly reminded that it will carry you wherever it may unless you keep pushing for what you want, whether that is a healthy bank account, more time with loved ones or just a quiet few hours to chill the hell out.
I have also had a few inquiries from people about making music videos so thst is all very exciting. Watch this space!
All in all I have really enjoyed playing all over the summer, I hope those of you that have caught a gig have enjoyed it too.
All the best.
Where did the first half of the year go? Anyone see it? I seem to have missed it! What a blur it has been working on another project with Emma. Very excited to say we are at the end of it (for now)! I have included a picture below so you can see a little of what I have been up to :-)
So what now? Well, time to get cracking on the music again - finally! I have a meeting about making a new video very soon, so I'm really looking forward to seeing what comes out of that.
We have managed to squeeze in a couple of new experiences recently, (Krav Maga lessons, anyone? How about some rock climbing?) and I have also learned a lot of DIY skills whilst finishing off a house refurb. It really is a good feeling learning something new and finishing a day knowing you can do something you previously didn't think you could.
One word of advice... Do NOT get expanding foam sealant on your hands and if you do, DO NOT wash it off with water before it has set! Four days to get it off my skin, two weeks and counting for getting it all off my nails. I look like I have some sort if nail infection - not a great look!
Anyway! Onwards and upwards!
Take care (especially when doing DIY).
Welcome, one and all, to 216! I hope you had a brilliant Christmas and fun NYE, I know I did, but this is the last year I'll be gigging as the fireworks go off... Looking forward to spending many future NYE nights in a different European city with Em!
I am so excited for this year! Lots of things to work on, lots of work about to pay off and lots of good stuff happening in between.
I'm now very pleased to report that the new Bose P.A system is working a treat and getting a lot of good comments at gigs. And thanks to a lot of help from Matt at Nevada Music in Portsmouth I have a pedal board full of gadgets that have solved many issues and limitations I had before. In short, my live set has never sounded better! Now I just need to get some new threads so I look as sharp as I sound.
Having been introduced to Joe Wicks' (The Body Coach) by a friend, Em and I bought his Lean In 15 book so lets see what a more focused meal plan does in addition to HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training for you kids not down with the lingo) and / or weight training sessions on weekdays. Bosh. Midget Trees. Guiltyyyy!
Plans are being formed for reworked versions of my singles Fracas and Bodies of Water, complete with professional music videos for a feel good summer. It'll be like I'm a real musician or something...
I've got a feelin'... This year's for me and you....