Nexus Meets… Luke Porter
After performing at notable Newcastle venues, such as Think Tank, O2 Academy and The Cluny, Luke Porter is making waves with his blues meets indie-folk music. We spoke with Luke about his upcoming EP The Truth Lies Behind, making music and much more.
What can you tell us about the EP The Truth Lies Behind?
The Truth Lies Behind is the second EP I have ever released. It contains four songs on the streaming platforms and five songs on the physical copies. I had a bunch of songs to choose from as there was a long gap between my first EP and now. I chose some of my favourite songs, recorded them and made this EP.
What was the writing and recording process like?
As always, recording songs is for me is fun as is the writing. It was a long process recording the songs. I recorded most of the songs at Rocking Horse Studios in Durham with Neil Combstock. However, I recorded some of the different parts to the songs in my house. I recorded the song ‘I’ll Let The Day Pass Through’ in my home studio and then mixed and mastered it with Neil.
The writing was very much how I felt and where I was at the time. I never grew fed up or bored of writing songs as I have so many things to write about.
Does The Truth Lies Behind hold a significant meaning for you?
Yeah, it does. This EP wasn’t a rushed process so I remember everything about planning it, recording and writing it which is nice. I can remember when I wrote all the songs, but some of these songs really mean something to me. ‘You Don’t See In Me What I See In You’ is the first song of mine to be successful in the sense that it has had a lot of airplay and so many nice articles written about it. It’s also great because this is the first EP I’ve worked on with my management.
Which is your favourite track and why that track?
My favourite track on it is probably the bonus track on the CD – ‘It’s Not Fair To Live In Fear’. I like it because I recorded it live in the studio, so it’s so raw. It’s just me and the guitar in the second take. Another reason why it’s my favourite is because I’m using a 12-string on it which I’ve never had the opportunity to record with before.
What about your least favourite?
My least favourite track is ‘I’ll Let The Day Pass Through’. I love the lyrics, but I feel like it could have had a guitar solo in it to spice it up a bit as it’s a bit repetitive. I’m proud of all the songs on the EP, but if I could go back and change something that would definitely be it.
How would you describe your music to a person who has not heard of you?
I would describe it as indie-folk. It has folky lyrics and chords with an indie layout.
Why do you make music?
I make music to express myself. Writing songs releases the things out of my system that I want to get rid of. I also make music to help other people express themselves. For instance, if I write a song about a subject, release it and then other people can relate to it, then it’s great for them and me.
What can we expect from Luke Porter in the future?
Hopefully, some shows across the country and beyond. It’s hard to say at the moment what the future holds as it’s like everything has been on hold for the past seven months. There will definitely be another EP out next year. When shows start up again, I will be able to give you a more detailed answer.