Interview | Luke Antony

With his uniquely soulful voice and engaging live performances, Luke Antony is one of the Australian music industry’s most promising stars. Inspired by the world’s great soul singers such as Stevie Wonder, Al Green and Brian McKnight, Luke has an impressive vocal range drawing comparisons to Guy Sebastian and Sam Smith.

Raised in a music-loving family in Townsville, the 25-year-old started singing in church at a young age. Determined to make a career in music, Luke notched up several notable achievements after finishing high school. In 2010, at the tender age of 20, he was awarded two silver medals and a bronze at the prestigious World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles.

In July of 2016 he was the headlined act at the 2016 Munich Pride festival (CSD). The event is one of the biggest on the international LGBTIQ calendar and attracts around 200,000 people from around the world every year.

Luke has also shared the stage with some of Australia’s most high-profile singing stars including Christine Anu, Kate Ceberano, David Campbell, Dami Im, Mark Vincent, Ricki-Lee Coulter and Casey Donovan. He has now developed a large on-line following, with his cover of Casting Crowns’ Glorious Day getting more than 50,000 views on YouTube in its first week. The video has now amassed more than 123,000 views.

This year in 2016, Luke will be releasing his first EP, a blend of funk, soul, pop and house music. The first single is an electro/dance track, Separate Ways that is also the theme song for the 2016 Munich Pride festival.  The Music Video for the single is an LGBT themed love story featuring two girls.  The video hit over 20k views in the first month and still climbing. With his recent release of the acoustic ‘unplugged’ take on Separate Ways we caught up with Luke to get his take on music, fashion and style.

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Q: Luke, the video for your new single Separate Ways has you showcasing your rocker style. Tell me about your perspective on men’s fashion and what you bring to the overall theme of the Separate ways video.

I really wanted to go for the edgy-rocker look in my Music Video, it just feels so ‘me’.  I could sleep in that leather jacket!! Style is such a personal thing, it really should be an extension of you and give people a little insight into your personality.  It is difficult for me to plan a look or outfit ahead of time because what I wear rests so heavily on how I’m feeling and the mood that I’m in.

Men’s fashion has gotten really exciting in the last few years.  I am currently rocking an oversized denim jacket that I pinched from my female housemate!  I love seeing boys who aren’t scared to go against the grain, throw on a leather pant with a tux or mix patterns. Be daring.  For me personally, anything edgy and a bit different gets a big thumbs up.

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-10-42-50-pmQ: You’ve performed across Australia and across the world, most recently in Germany. Talk me through the process of your live gigs, how do you decide on your final look for each event?

There is so much that goes into a live show. Firstly the overall theme, then the line up – DJ/band/dancers, the set list, then the look and making sure everything has a ‘tied-in’ feel. With my recent Show at Munich Pride in Germany, I spent a lot of time researching European trends and music to make sure I was pushing boundaries on an international level.  I find that although we are trendy AF here in Aus, sometimes our style is just so different being on the other side of the world.

I’m a bit too much of a control freak sometimes, so I spend a lot of time goggling, trawling Instagram and doodling for Inspiration.  Sometimes I get dressed for an event, which can either be fun or sometimes be a little limiting in terms of creativity.  I usually have a pretty clear vision however it doesn’t usually come together until the 11th hour!

Q: We’ve been buds long before you released Separate Ways, the first thing that made your Instagram profile stand out to me was your sense of fashion and personal style.  Who are some of your style influencers, both in music and fashion?

Firstly – I love Instagram for discovering new style crushes! I have so many!  I love the real edgy-euro look, Guy Sebastian rarely gets it wrong for me.  He always manages to have a good mix for trend and personal style which I really dig.  I have a MAD crush on Storm Pedersen at the moment too – check out his Instagram (@stormpedersen). In terms of music – gosh there are so many, Sam Sparro and Disclosure are big ones for me.  I love a cool blend of electro-meets-organic.  Apparently I’m all about the fusions.

Q: For accessible menswear what are some of your favourite places to shop and who are some of your favourite labels to wear?

ASOS – I love euro style and I am always sure to find something super different and cheap!  I am also big on vintage finds and supporting aussie brands – We Are Savages has stolen my heart ATM.  Their leather pieces are pornographic!

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Q: Five wardrobe essentials you can’t live without?

  • My biker jacket by We Are Savages.  It was a loan piece for the Separate Ways video shoot and I felt like I had NOTHING to wear after giving it back, so I explained to the designer that I needed to be reunited with the beauty.  Its amazing soft leather and I literally throw it on with everything from trackies and trainers to jeans and boots.
  • Staple Boots
  • Jeans blue and black (my favourite are a nice pair of snug Dr Denim Skinnies)
  • A good hat – I al loving By SJU for hats atm
  • A bandana, so versatile, such a cool relaxed accessory.

Luke brings an energetic and fresh style to his performances, and injects raw passion and enthusiasm into any song. Stay tuned for more great things from this talented young performer.

2 Comments

  • Lyn says:

    What an amazing insight into this very talented and obviously fashion conscious singer. Once again Jay has given us a fantastic read.

  • Billy says:

    Great article. Talented musician with a strong and uncontrived sense of style. Music isn’t just about a highly stylised look. Well done

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