Introducing Luke Carlino and his genre-bending new single, Minute
The Melbourne-via-Adelaide songwriter links up with South Australia's Daydream Fever for the hip-hop-electronic-blend.
There's something brilliant in artists approaching music forward-thinkingly, and when it comes to Australian electronica, Melbourne-via-Adelaide songwriter Luke Carlino is doing it perfectly. On his latest single, the Daydream Fever-featuring Minute, he combines the world of indie, electronica and hip-hop for this genre-smashing, boundary-warping sound that is easy to fall in love with. "Minute started out as a live experimentation with vocal looping and grew into one of my favourite songs when SixFour and Daydream Fever came on board," he says on the single. "It's like my emotional, lo-fi club moment and a nice little precursor to my new EP."
With said new EP expected in the next few months and a bunch of shows pencilled in for the next two months (dates at the end of the article), there's no better time than now to catch up with Luke Carlino and get to know his sound, his writing approach, and what else he has planned for us over the next year. Check it all out below.
Tell us about yourself?
I’m a solo artist who has recently relocated from Adelaide to Melbourne. I loop guitars, vocals, and electronic beats and am gearing up to release my second EP Beasts very soon. I don’t look very good with a clean-shaved face and stay until the end of the credits in most movies just in case.
What’s the vibe music-wise?
It’s pretty mixed; I’m not a fan of genre. The new EP is a decent blend of electronic and acoustic sounds, so like alternative-indie-electro-pop? Lyrically the focus is a lot on relationships; I write sad songs. Much to my mother’s dismay.
What are your production and writing processes like?
I’ve been fortunate on this EP to work with the production duo SixFour. I had a batch of demos that I gave to them, and together we did some re-structuring and re-recording, and they added a bunch of things that made the tracks a zillion times better. They are not only the best humans but the best musicians (that I know).
Can you tell us about your new single, Minute?
Minute started out as vocal loop experiments, I wanted a song I could play live without a guitar, just beats and vocals, and it morphed into one of my favourites on the EP once SixFour jumped on it. A good friend of mine, Daydream Fever, took it over the edge with his amazing verse. It’s a good track for headphones, a vibe out sort of song. It’s the closest I’ll probably get to a club track, which isn’t very close.
Any shows coming up?
Loads throughout Victoria in July, best to check my Facebook or Instagram for all the dates, and a big launch in Adelaide on August 17th as well.
What’s the rest of the year have in store for you?
Releasing Beasts, a lot more live shows around the country, working on new music (constantly), a film clip for Minute coming real soon, and I’m going to attempt to read ‘War & Peace.’
Where can we find more of your music?
The usual places, Spotify, iTunes, clips on Youtube. Would love to see you at a show though, come say hi and help me sell my physical CDs before they are entirely defunct.
Fri, July 6th - Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne
Wed, July 11th - The Tote, Melbourne
Fri, July 13th - The Reverence Hotel, Melbourne
Sat, July 14th - Baha Bar, Rye
Wed, July 18th - Horse Bazaar, Melbourne
Fri, August 17th - The Ed Castle Hotel, Adelaide
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