IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
LUKE HUMPHREY: I was born at Langley AFB Virginia, which is where my father was stationed in the military at the time. However I spent a majority of my childhood in Boston, MA and Albany, New York being that my family resides there.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
LUKE HUMPHREY: I have always loved music even as a small child. It was always my dream to be a musician since the beginning. I started out as a huge fan of music, which gave me the drive to start teaching myself instruments and writing song lyrics. I started on the guitar (if you don’t count banging on pots and pans as a child!), then the bass, then singing, then rapping. I still feel inclined to learn to play more instruments even to this day simply for the fact that i feel it would make me a better musician as a whole.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
LUKE HUMPHREY: I live for music. It started out as something fun to do in my spare time many years ago. However music has had such an impact throughout my life that it has simply become a necessity for me. Whether it is simply to get something off of my chest, or if it is just for fun, music has become my lifestyle. If no one will record and release my music for me, then I suppose the responsibility is my own. That’s why I want to record and release my own music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
LUKE HUMPHREY: This is a tough one for me. My music can reflect anything I want. They can be about anything I want. To ask what my songs are about is an unfair question, especially since they can vary. I feel that a majority of my music reflects my personal opinions on situations that I have been in, that I feel others can also relate to. Such as being upset at someone, or just the frustrations of everyday life.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
LUKE HUMPHREY: Growing up I have had many musical influences. I fell in love with The Beatles at an early age, so John Lennon, and Paul McCartney had a large roll in my lyrical influence, and learning guitar. It was not until a little later in life that I was able to get a hold of my biggest influences albums (a lot of them had that parental advisory sticker on it, and I grew up in a CD age). So as soon as I made some older friends to buy them for me, Dr. DRE, Eminem, Kid Rock, DMX, Jay Z, Nelly, and Snoop Dogg had a huge impact on my desire and influence to become an artist. I love rock, I love country, and I appreciate most forms of music, but there was something about these guys that just made me want to get up and jump around and feel bullet proof for the 3 or so minutes they were on. I was never allowed to listen to them so I would always hide In my bedroom with the radio on low, and wait until one of the songs came on so I could blast it!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
LUKE HUMPHREY: If I could describe my music to people I would probably start with, I’m going for something different. I write songs that i feel create new blends or styles. I feel that Hip hop in general has evolved into a genre of music that is accepting of any sounds or style you like. I just try to make music that I enjoy, and I feel others will enjoy as well.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
LUKE HUMPHREY: I feel that the main difference between other artists, and myself is simply that I have been developing a unique sound and working on many aspects of my music. What really separates me from other artists is my drive to becoming the best possible musician I can be. Where there are rappers that are more talented than I with lyrics, I have found they cannot typically pick up a guitar and rock a tasty blues solo as well…. Or play different genres of music like myself, such as country, rock, metal, blues etc.. All of which I am capable of doing.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
LUKE HUMPHREY: I believe that there is a point in every person’s life where they decide to learn an instrument or play some sort of music. It typically starts as an interest, or maybe a fun hobby. If this hobby sticks and you start to get pretty good at it.(as in your ahead of all your peers) at what point do you consider this calling to be more than just a hobby? At what point do you say, “Hey, I’m really good at this… Maybe I could do this for a living?” This has been my largest obstacle through a large portion of not only my music career, but through my whole life. There is nothing worse than constantly being asked “So what are you going to school for? or the whole, What are you trying to be when you grow up?” Through clenched fists and teeth I usually respond with, “I write and play music.” which is promptly followed by “being a rockstar is not a career” or the whole “get a real job” aspect is thrown at me. Although it is frustrating to hear and deal with these challenges, they do push me to prove them wrong. I try to think of these responses as motivation for me continuing a career in music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
LUKE HUMPHREY: I have just started working on my first full album. I currently have been working with other local artists to help get my name out there, and to prepare for performing local shows. I do not have a date for release on the album, however I always have singles that I put out with other artists features as well. I look forward to working with other talented artists in the future so keep your ears and eyes open!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in ten years?
LUKE HUMPHREY: My largest career goal is to create an income off of my music sufficient enough for me to be able to quit my side job and focus on my musical abilities even more. I plan on getting a tour started by the end of next year. Also I want to drop my first album, a couple music videos, and a line of my own clothing/merchandise to sell on the tour, and online. In ten years I see myself living in a small house in the middle of no where with no neighbors. I want a studio built in the house and I can keep my distance from the fame, while still creating music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
LUKE HUMPHREY: The easiest way to access my music at the moment is through streaming online. I have a soundcloud account, and a reverbnation account. I have social media if you would like to contact me as well! Currently working on a personal website as well!