Get to know AKA Lui, a fresh artist out of northern New South Wales who’s just dropped his debut single ‘Hey! I Don’t Want That Anyway’.
Of the song, he says, “It’s about being addicted to someone or something, and yet trying to convince yourself that you’re not. It’s the struggle between giving in and embracing your lustfulness, or fighting against it for the betterment of your future self.”
But there’s plenty more to the AKA Lui story. And here’s where it all begins.
01. Name : AKA Lui.
02. Where are you based? Byron Shire, Australia.
03. How did you get your start in music? My parents bought me a little nylon string guitar for my birthday and I strummed it to hell, singing ‘Old Time Rock N Roll’ by Bob Seger. I didn’t know a single chord. I have a photo of it actually;
I still pull that same BASSFACE to this day.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Instead I will give you two images.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. I guess I got heavy into neo-psychedelia when Tame Impala came through and blew everyone’s mind. I also got deep into Unknown Mortal Orchestra, MGMT and Flaming Lips. Then I saw how groove and dance music can impact an audience with such immediacy – the right groove can transform a dancefloor in a second – that is a really powerful thing.
I still take elements that I learnt from the modern psych Gods including wild experimentation with sound, and general boundary pushing, but I’ve brought it into a slightly more refined funky dance realm. My sound is definitely a little twisted, and probably slightly offensive to all the musical purists out there.
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? When dad was driving me to school for one of my first days of kindergarten. I was singing James Taylor and he told me I had a sweet voice and to never stop singing. What a beautiful man!
My dad is an incredible saxophonist and his father was amazing on the bagpipes. So, I guess it is in my veins.
07. Who have been your musical influences? Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Vengaboys, Vitas, Talking Heads, My dad.
08. What are your favourite songs of all time? ‘Flawless’ – The Ones, ‘Up & Down’ – Vengaboys, ‘These Kids’ – Joel Turner & The Modern Day Poets, ‘Let It Happen’ – Tame Impala, ‘So Good At Being In Trouble’ – Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
09. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? In the kitchen whipping up a feast with the crew. The responsibility of whoever is curating the tunes is to get you hyped enough to cook something epic, but calm enough to sit down and eat it afterwards. It’s an art.
10. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling : Happy? Sad? Introspective? Exhausted? If I’m ever feeling an emotion that extremely, I like to write and make music. Throw it all in there and see what happens.
11. What was the first album you ever bought? Gorillaz – ‘Demon Days’.
12. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. It’s really hard for anyone to get me to leave the house.
13. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? Professional football player. I’d probably get signed to Crystal Palace and help them win their first Premier League before getting snapped up by Barcelona.
14. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? No half steppin’!
15. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? Probably Bene tbh. I swear she has her slow cooker on 24/7 and it’s just full of bangers. Apparently her band is full of her good mates too, that is just the dream isn’t it?
I thought the other day, if I wrote ‘Evil Spider’, I would be so damn stoked with myself. She’s going to do BIG things and the ride is only just beginning for her, plus her accent is soooo dope. She’s got it all.
16. Tell us about your latest release. I was in the studio mixing and I got a call from a legendary engineer from around here (Byron Shire). I’d sent him the song for feedback, and he called to let me know he had put the sealed stamp on it and called it finished. If he hadn’t told me that I would still be mixing it, probably forever.
I then got confirmation that Greg Calbi was going to master it. He had done work with Tame Impala and even John Lennon back in the day, so I was really happy about that. When I heard the master come back I knew the song was ready to share with anyone who cared to listen. So I got the song up, and the support has been really epic, I’m so stoked on that.
17. What do your future plans involve? Bringing in some fresh fire for your ears, playing some big dates and buying mum a house.
18. Where can our audience catch you live?
June 29 : Yamba (Karrikin)
July 05 : Sydney (The Lord Gladstone)
July 06 : Melbourne (Yah Yah’s)
WEBSITE : www.linktr.ee/aka_lui
FACEBOOK : www.facebook.com/aka.lui.music/
INSTAGRAM : www.instagram.com/aka_lui
TWITTER : www.twitter.com/AKALui001
SOUNDCLOUD : www.soundcloud.com/aka_lui
YOUTUBE : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NSDOZHjVYU