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Luke Crumb Web Auto Bio part II

My Influences

The first memory I have goes to a cassette player I had when I was 10 years old. I remember I was listening “Twist & Shout” by The Beatles and I felt such a strong vibration inside, that was the day I first dance with myself. Years later the same cassette player gifted me the most important listening of my life, my brother left a cassette (and I bless him for this) with the inscription “R.E.M. – Out of Time” inside the player. So I knew one of the top indie bands of the world. I literally expanded my view and since that day I never stopped spreading it. After this event I became a Singer completely dipped into the Pop/Rock/Alternative culture, it was the time of Grunge. I used to spend my days listening to all new music I could hear, especially if came from USA. I felt in love with Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Nirvana and almost every band of the Seattle’s scene. The list is longer than I can remember. During the next few years I literally ate the discographies of the greatest songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, David Bowie, Neil Young and goes on and on, but the one who really touch my deepest emotions was Jeff Buckley. As a Singer I was most influenced by the enormous charisma of Frank Sinatra  and by the high value lyrics of Jim Morrison, I always like poetry and philosophy and I try to go beyond all these concepts through my lyrics.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Actually I’m developing my first “brainstorming circle” and if You want You can come in the inner circle by subscribing to my Friendsmail newsletter.

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Luke Crumb Web Auto Bio part I

Hi my name is Gianluca

and I came from Italy, Europe, the World, the Earth in this Universe. As an artist I use the pseudonym of Luke Crumb.
My Mother says I began to sing “Before speaking”, so you could imagine how much I’m into Music, simply It’s my Life and I feel very grateful for this.
I never studied at Academies, Schools or Courses. I’ve learned to play guitar, bass, piano, harmonica and percussion all by myself. Actually Music is my daily job as Performer, Composer and Frequencies Investigator. I’ve always been involved into research and composition, experiencing a multitude of songwriting ideas. I’m currently deep involved into the discovery of Luke’s Fan-base and this is a stage in which I am really initiating, I very like You’re spending time here and I feel Fine!

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It Makes Me Mine

An excerpt from my forthcoming album I.A.M.

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Indelible tears about unavoidable facts
Enviable when I said “I’ll take you to the stairs”
So many years and what is left is a vacuum
Dejection, broken shield, stupid misunderstandings the bed and more

Once I did pop…suffering music and I didn’t make my own way
Once I did pop…alternative lyrics and I wasn’t able to say I love you

This is the time to realize that we are single unities
And what I used to sing drove you away from me
I do my best and i know that can do better
Now, all of this, it makes me mine and
Don’t settle no more with someone else’s experience,

Once I did pop…the common thought of what an artist is, I left you free
Once I did pop…alternative lyrics and I wasn’t able to sing I love you

I fell…
If you don’t care where you are
Then you’re not lost
I learned…
If you don’t care what you get
Then you’re your
I’m mine.

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The Rick Jamm Twenty Questions features Italian Pop Rock Songwriter Luke Crumb

Luke Crumb and his “Theory of the Man Creator”

1. How long have you been doing what you’re doing and how did you get started in the first place?

Luke Crumb: My Mother says I began to sing “Before speaking” and I’ve memories of me looking out the world and sing, as a matter of fact I was born the 8th of December, just like Jim Morrison. When I was 6 years old I asked for a guitar, I felt attracted and I wanted to play it, so my parents bought me a guitar but in the neighbourhood where I lived there wasn’t a guitar teacher, what a bad luck! Only at 17 I’ve learned to play guitar self-taught while watching music channel on TV. It was a continuing challenge till I played my first chord.

 

2. Who were your first musical influences that you can remember?

Luke Crumb: The first one and constantly cultivated are The Beatles, they brought so much innovation and their melodies are almost everlasting, Twist and Shout is the song by which I first danced with myself, what a catharsis! I currently play in a Tribute band in the role of John Lennon, before I did Paul McCartney for 2 years.

But the most important long lasting big influence onto my life are R.E.M., they literally saved my life, with their songs they reached places inside myself that I didn’t know before. It is understandable that at the time of composition I use to run through again their discographies to find a missing piece in the puzzle of brand-new music.

 

3. Which artists do you listen to today? And is there anybody special you’d like to collaborate with?

Luke Crumb: I like to vary, from Peter Buck to Bombay Bicycle club, there are so much new interesting projects out there. For affinity affair I’d like to collaborate with Gunnar Spardel (aka Tigerforest), even if meeting Bob Dylan or Pearl Jam that would be glorious, you know!

 

4. Describe the first piece of musical equipment that you actually purchased with your own money. And which is the one piece of hardware you’re still looking to buy now?

Luke Crumb: My first purchase was a used electric guitar named “Prince”, it was a sort of Fender Stratocaster and Yamaha RGX imitation, the sound was horrible and I couldn’t play much than a song tuned, but hey I had an electric guitar!

After years of buy and sell nowadays I prefer to customize, I already realized a custom Harmonica tuned at 432 Hz, a 10″ kick drum, besides various foot percussion and the next will be my acoustic Cort guitar to which I want to add a Bigsby and  enhance the overall tone, the sustain and sensibility.

 

5. Can you tell us something about The Theory of the Man Creator and your album I.A.M.?

Luke Crumb: The Theory of the Man Creator combines the principles of the law of Resonance with elements of ordinary life to “Enable” the deepest abilities of Human Being. I use to define it as “the first support beyond the common five senses”. We all know that harmony, balancing means wellness (in its widest sense) but just a few of us knows how to get this elements into daily life and this means just a few of us have the control on what happens on Earth. I believe that WE ALL ARE CREATORS and this means we can manage our own thoughts, emotions, actions and not leave others do for us. I discovered that music supports this because reaches directly the inside of human being when tuned correctly. The “Theory of the Man Creator” is the result of scientific researches I personally done that conducted me to create my own style called “8HzMusic”.

All of the above will be introduced for the first time into my album I.A.M. that I’m planning to release in the next months. This album is what I called “a music trip” in a new style that we could call maybe “quantum rock”. Surely you will find more comfortable with the definition of “pop/rock opera”, in fact this album has two parts for a total of 24 tracks. It’s my last challenge to re-unite my two big passions: music and philosophical writing.

To conclude this album is more than a pleasant melodic pop/rock parade is the first step toward human upgrading.

 

6. Live gigging or studio work, which do you prefer and why?

Luke Crumb: It’s two different type of work, where you have to organize and act in different ways. I love both because I can express myself wider. Currently I have no possibilities to perform my original compositions because my job is gigging with The Helpers (Beatles tribute) so I use to spend my days at my home studio while at night I play live.

 

7. Is the choice to perform in English and not in your mother tongue purely a commercial decision? And how do you consider the actual state of the Italian music market?

Luke Crumb: That’s the most frequently question I’ve received in my career and it has the most interesting answer about my life: I sing in English because when I was child I used to sing  (before speaking) in a strange language nobody in my environment knows. One day at 14 years old I had a dream in which my name was “Freedom” and when I woke up I amazingly knew the English! That’s the truth about my language choice.

Italy is a place where music and arts in general are always growing, there’s so much experimentation and will of brand-new that could fill the entire European music industry.

 

8. On which one of your songs do you think you delivered your personal best performance so far, from a technical point of view?

Luke Crumb: Well I think that surely “Illumination Song” is a masterpiece of my career, that’s why I’ve been Awarded by the Song of the Year. Personally one my favourite songs is “Timmy Space Room” (that will be included in I.A.M.) in which I reached a strong balance between vocal and guitar performance, besides the whole symphonic arrangement.

 

9. Which ingredient do you think is most essential in making LUKE CRUMB music sound the way it does?

Luke Crumb: Don’t think! And I mean freeing, unleash creativity without boundaries. Most of my compositions were born during a unique session improvisation.

 

10. If you were forced to choose only one, which emotion, more than any other drives you day after day to stay in this tough business. Is it joy, anger, desire, passion or pride and why?

Luke Crumb: Pride with no doubt. I strongly believe and have faith in what I do and I know my investigations will be useful.

 

11. Which aspects of being an independent artist and the music making processes excites you most and which aspects discourage you most?

Luke Crumb: In terms of creativity being Independent is often the only reason why an artist chooses of being so, and I am no exception. Honestly the financial aspect, in my experience,  is the hardest part. I’d really like to record my songs in a big studio with a dozen of master musicians and the have a tour of 8 months around the world but, till now, this was impossible. Personally I trust in the phrase “why do you want to see the entire road when all that matters is just one step beyond you?”

 

12. Tell us something about your songwriting process and what usually comes first, the lyrics or the music? And which is your preferred instrument for composing

Luke Crumb: Usually I have portion of lyrics, notes or entire poems, I use to write very much and I just try to connect with the words, their meaning for me and the music starts on its own, I mean that I literally let myself drive. I use to compose with my acoustic guitar even if the voice has a dominant role.

 

13. How involved are you in any of the recording, producing, mastering and marketing processes of your music. Do you outsource any of these processes?

Luke Crumb: I personally do everything. I’m always on the lookout for collaboration. Since the experience of my first EP FATHER & MOTHER and the start-up of I.A.M. weren’t totally good I use to beware.

 

14. The best piece of advice in this business you actually followed so far, and one you didn’t follow, but now know for sure that you should have?

Luke Crumb: The best priceless advice I’ve received from my old friend Italian cartoonist Lino Gorlero was “be honest with yourself”. I surely troubled and felt in my life but I know I always followed that advice. Earlier in my youngness I was advised to think to myself first, now I know that if I had followed I could have avoid what I call “my deviant routes “.

 

15. At this point, as an independent artist, which is the one factor you desire most, and feel will undeniably benefit your career?

Luke Crumb: Being recognized for my work, for being useful to disseminate new knowledge.

 

16. Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites, as fundamental to your career, and indie music in general, or do you think it has only produced a mass of mediocre “copy-and-paste” artists, who flood the web, making it difficult for real talent to emerge?

Luke Crumb: Surely the Internet has increased the mediocrity mixing with those that we called “musicians” and this produced the “music Babylon”. Now when you surf the webs are extremely confused about who is a musician and a passionate for music. The passionate ones proclaim themselves as professional and the professional as experts. I think that social media networks are extremely powerful but the target system has been created only for financial improving and not for wellness improving (that’s what art was created to). So or you’re in or out! I’m still convinced that these strategies won’t work so long and everyone will take its place.

 

17. Do you make use of the new technology offered by the computer and software programs, or do you work exclusively in real studios, with traditional instruments and music production techniques?

Luke Crumb: As an artist I am always involved into researches and I try to evolve myself with all the tools that humanity puts at my disposal. I like to fuse computer music with that merely acoustic. My own style “8HzMusic” couldn’t be born without the computer tech, so I’m really devoted and thankful to every new songwriting technique.

 

18. What is the ONE thing you are NOT willing or prepared to do, in your quest to achieve a successful musical career?

Luke Crumb: I don’t know. Because I won’t be prepared to do a thing until I’m going to face it and I’m not willing to do it until I’m going to receive an offer.

 

19. What do you think is the biggest barrier you have to face and overcome as an indie songwriter/performer, in your quest to achieve your goals and any commercial success?

Luke Crumb: As I told you before financial freedom is still the hardest part of my life. I’m pretty sure that with a standard budget I can reach my goal.

 

20. Tell us about any new projects or ideas you will be working on in the near future? 

Luke Crumb: At this time I am completely immersed on the marketing process of my album release and it will take a long time, but later after the summertime I’d like to tour USA.

 

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Alternative pop rock songwriter Luke Crumb

Luke Crumb started his career as singer songwriter  in Italy in 2003, was awarded by the Song of The Year in the Rock Category for “Excellence in Songwriting” in 2005, recorded his first indie EP in 2007. After being able to reach audience from USA to Australia, he composed, arranged, recorded, mixed and mastered his first full length album I.A.M., a pop/rock opera in two parts (24 tracks in total). In this album Luke Crumb introduces his “Theory of the Man Creator” which is a way to support human dreams through music.

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