In Conversation with: LUKE MARKINSON. The electro pop singer Luke Markinson about his inspiration & how it felt being on Charli XCX’s playlist.
How would you describe yourself as an artist and what is the quintessence of your music?
I make catchy pop music but try to experiment with futuristic elements. Pop is exciting to me because although it’s easily-digestible and fun, it can be warped and transformed in many unique ways. I love making music that sticks in people’s heads (mine included) and is enjoyable to listen to.
You are making electronic pop music. When and how did you decide that this is the kind of music you want to produce? Did other artists inspire you and your music?
I’ve always loved electronic music since I was young. There’s just something about the ethereal and somewhat unnatural quality about it that really resonates with me. I’ve been inspired by the PC music collective and artists like Charli XCX, the 1975, Troye Sivan, and Kim Petras who use furitistic, electronic elements to make fun yet avant-garde pop music. I’ve been super fortunate to work with amazing producers who understand my vision and work with me to push boundaries sonically.
What are the main challenges for a young artist like you nowadays? Do you think it is easier nowadays to promote your music via social media or are there also any downsides of being an artist in a digital age?
The digital age has definitely given young artists platforms to release music like never before but, like anything, it comes with downsides. Although there are more opportunities to have your music discovered and you can promote your music to niche groups online, as a whole, the music industry has never been more over-saturated. Because there’s simply so much more music out there now, artists have to constantly reinvent themselves. They are pressured to release, almost overwhelmingly so, to not be forgotten. That being said, I definitely don’t think I would have any following if it wasn’t for social media and the ability to collaborate with people remotely.
How did you react when finding out that Charli XCX featured your debut single "Never Alone" on her official Beats by Dr. Dre playlist on Apple Music?
I actually died. I ran around my house screaming and told my parents immediately what had happened. Seriously it’s such an honor to know that my idol likes one of my songs.
Can you already tell us something about your first EP you are currently working on?
The EP is in the works! I’m thinking of releasing a few more singles before it drops, but I can’t wait for people to hear it soon!
Is there anything you want to add?
Recently, I played Subculture Party on Zoom and had so much fun! It was amazing to get such supportive feedback and see everyone’s faces enjoying the music.