Musician, Luke J Shares Inspiration in this Exclusive Interview
Luke and I met in day care. Yes, that is right, something like thirty years ago! I have known Luke longer than anyone outside of the members of my family. We have road tripped together, been roommates, bandmates, classmates, neighbors, and we have also sometimes gone years without very much communication. Through it all, we have both witnessed each other give great effort towards following our artistic dreams.
Luke is an aspiring musician and songwriter. He has been writing and playing music for going on 25 years. He produces and engineers music, commercials and remote recordings. When he’s not involved in musical endeavors, he works in Real Estate Management.
He shared with me that is he not a big, famous, fat cat. He has no real recipe for success and struggles like anyone else trying to fulfill their dreams. What he does advise about pursuing happiness is that you must know what you want, accept who you are, and be thankful for all of it, every step of the way.
What motivates you to want to make your dreams come true?
There is no real complexity to answer this question. I love music. To my core. I love it. I don’t know any other way to live. Music has been the one constant my entire life. My friend, my partner, my sole mate. It’s always there when I need it, good times and bad. Music saves.
How are you dealing with fear, doubt and worry?
It took a very long time to realize this one simple thing: Fear, doubt and worry only limit you and what you are trying to accomplish. I have learned to accept who I am, where I am, and what I want in regards to being a musician. I put no unnecessary pressure on myself. I also practice constant gratitude for every experience, opportunity or person that comes my way.
Honestly since I made this realization, I have performed more than ever before. I have had more opportunities. I also make more money than I ever have in the past. Gratitude goes a long way.
What steps are you taking towards reaching your goals?
I have spent several years trying to engrave myself in a growing music scene by establishing solid relationships with fellow musicians, venues, television and radio personalities. I have put forth a great deal of energy and care into being a part of something organic and growing. Focusing energy on what is possible instead of what isn’t possible, I have achieved many of my goals and have watched as the scene that I work so hard to be a part of has become rated one of the top five growing music scenes in the United States. It’s a beautiful thing to watch and be a part of. Being gracious, grateful and persistent are what I am doing to achieve my goals and it’s working!
Who or what inspires you to stay motivated?
My inspiration comes from all of the amazing musicians who are out there trying their best. I have such an amazing circle of gifted and like minded friends. We all seem to keep each other going because again, we know no other way to live. We live for that four hours in front of a crowd sharing our art, no matter how much work and effort goes into getting there.
I also find it motivating to do what I can to help others further their careers. I think a lot of musicians make the mistake of taking the competitive approach, which can really limit what you are able to do. When you see your fellow musicians as a family or community the opportunities become much more abundant and fruitful.
Listen to Luke J and his band The Lower 5th on Reverbnation.
Be sure to check out Whiskeyonsin Family Reunion, a celebration of Wisconsin made music and whiskey. The family reunion features a full day of music on two outdoor stages.