Australian producer on the rise, Luke Alessi, is quickly making a name for himself with his unique approach that beholds an enchanting storytelling nature.
Developing a sound pallet that sits in between house and techno, infused with warm melodies and afro grooves, Alessi brings more light than darkness to his records. You’ve probably seen him play a set in the cage at Revs. And if you haven’t already, he’s an artist more than worthy of being added to your daily beats rotation.
We were able to have a chat to Luke Alessi as part of our Get To Know series. Aside from being obsessed with food, we learnt about his inspirations, aspirations and more.
My parents came up with my artist name when I was just born! (It’s just my name.)
How would you describe your music to your grandma?
I’m Italian so I would say “Nonna, my music is like Indian food, I know at the start you might not like it, it’s a little spicier than you’re use to and it hits your guts a little harder as well, but after a few more tries you will enjoy it.”
Tell us about a few of your tracks; their titles and what they’re about?
Of the tracks that are currently out at the moment, there are two that spring to mind which hold some significant sort of deeper meaning or sentiment. My I Just Wanted To Tell You EP which was released on RADIANT, was my first EP for 2020.
Both the title track as well as the B side ‘Moving On’ were written during a pretty intense period in my life, a period of uncertainty and angst (which I feel comes through in the title track), but also incredible growth and triumph through surrender (which seemingly filtered into the B side ‘Moving On’). This is still probably my favourite EP to date because of this experience.
What do you love about your hometown?
Although I love every state for different reasons, I think that Melbourne is the best state in Australia for nightlife and the music scene right now. The events that are hosted here on a weekly basis are world class not to mention the fooooood. I’m very grateful to be living here at the moment and doing what I am doing with everything that’s going on across the globe.
Career highlight so far?
Mmmmmm tough one, there’s a few. It might just be due to recent memory but I have to say all my gigs post lockdown have been incredible. My first big show out of COVID with Novel was WILD, what a way to break out of lockdown!
My show at the Timber Yard a few weeks back supporting Made In Paris was probably the biggest crowd I’d played in front of solo so that was special. Finally my show at the Third Day for the Thick As Thieves event back in March was probably the most engaged crowd I’d played to which left me buzzing for days. I’m just loving playing live to real people again!
Fave non-music hobby?
Probably playing with my dog or doing Yoga. Both incredible stress releases for me.
What’s on your dream rider?
A full course menu of any of my favourite cuisines (Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Italian, Greek) lol I’m clearly not that picky but i just love FOOD!
Dream music collaboration?
Mmmmmmm this is super tough, but I would have to say any of the Keinemusik guys (Adam Port, &ME, Rampa), those guys are big inspirations musically for me right now.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself living predominantly in Bali (or another tropical country) with my beautiful partner, running music/mindfulness/yoga retreats in between international travels for shows.
What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Anything by Queen.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Learn and practice the art of surrender.
What’s one obsession you have that no one would guess after listening to your music?
I love Harry Potter on a seedy Sunday.
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Check out Luke Alessi on tour below.
April 25 – Sunshine Coast Hinterland, QLD – Rabbits Eat Lettuce FestivalApril 25 – GoldCoast, QLD – ElsewhereApril 30 – Melbourne, VIC – Bourke Street Courtyard (Novel)May 2 – Maroochydore, QLD – Old SoulMay 15 – Sydney, NSW – Motorik @ Kings Cross Hotel Rooftop