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When he isn't working his ass off with Super Fan 99, Luke Barham becomes Uncle Luc and makes some pretty good indie pop music. He's back with a new record called 'Sticking To The Rules' which Luke has made a little video teaser for. He here is answering 3 very important questions. Read and watch below!
By dint of releasing original new music with his label, Luke must feel a bit frustrated. That's maybe why when he's got a bit of time ahead of him, he makes music. His début record Humblebrag was released 4 years ago and today he announces LP numéro 2 - Sticking To The Rules - due on May 11. So Uncle Luc...
3rd: People want to know - what have been cooking during the recording process? // LB: There wasn't a lot of cooking going on during the making of this album, mostly just grabbing snacks here and there throughout the day. I'm vegetarian so lots of humus and those chickpea crisps called 'hippies'. Herni (producer) always has a good selection of teas, I think the chai Teapigs were my favourites.
What was your daily routine like? // The studio is just a short walk from my flat in Stepney so I'd head over at 10ish, we'd usually have a coffee and discuss what instruments we'd be recording that day and then crack on. It was largely just myself and Henri so pretty low key. Very peaceful stress free sessions essentially hanging out with a friend. We spent a lot of time making sure everything sounded as good as it could. Nothing rock'n'roll, just lots of cups of tea and maybe discussing Nick Lowe records in between takes.
Cosy! Alright, tell us 3 things about this record people don't know!
BJ Cole plays pedal steel on the track Bones of the Days. He famously played on Elton John's Tiny Dancer and has worked with everyone from R.E.M to Emmy Lou Harris and more recently First Aid Kit. It was an honour to have him guest.
The sound of a plane flying over head in the song Sophie is a direct reference to the 90s pop song Groovejet by Spiller that opens in the same way. I was working with a French producer for this track and we were listening to a lot of those french house productions of the late 90s.
The album was mastered at Metropolis by Andy Baldwin who recently remastered the first three Oasis albums and also did Blur's Under The Westway. Seemed like a safe pair of hands for the job.