Interview: Luke Sital-Singh
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Rising to fame following an impeccable debut album, The Fire Inside, and an impressive run with BBC Introducing, Sital-Singh is undoubtely one of Britain’s best voices. Serving as the crown jewel of the album is 'I Have Been A Fire', a delicate and raw song that distorts into, as the song suggests, a full blown inferno. Soaked in falsetto and lyrics worthy of a Penguin Classic, every song on this debut is worth the listen. Sital-Singh is the soundtrack of evening and probably a fair few soppy romantic couples. His organic sound grew within Luke following a degree in Professional Musicianship in Brighton. The fact that he doesn’t come from a musically dedicated family background makes the whole situation a little bit more honest and real. From picking up his first guitar to producing his debut album after three EP’s, the self-taught musician worked alongside producer Iain Archer (Jake Bugg). Having previously supported The Staves and Fossil Collective, with a handful of headline tours, Luke is about to conclude his time supporting Villagers on their UK tour, concluding at the Barbican. “I’ve never played at a venue so big it has its own tube station”, Luke laughs. We catch him just outside the Barbican and notice the amount of passersby taking a second look. “I usually don’t get too nervous but today there’s a lot of technological problems so I’m a little rattled”. “London crowds can actually be less receptive. It completely depends on whether I’m opening for someone else and what fans they have,” Luke tells me. “Villagers have a very respectful audience and it helps when it’s a seated venue. People come with a little bit more calm and reverence and don’t tend to talk.” This is all said in reference to when Luke has performed and had his crowds talk all the way through his set.
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