Luke Gomm on inspirations Alicia Keys, Dr Dre, Kanye & Pharell and sharing a studio with Nile Rogers
Hailing from North London, Luke Gomm’s ambition as an artist is to bring a fresh perspective to a new London sound. Having spent the last few years cutting his teeth as a writer/producer with the likes of Miraa May, Coltr3ane, Joy Crookes and Connie Constance + engineering for Sampha, Florence, J Cole and more prior to that, Luke is now ready to bring his own musical story to life. A fan of artists including Prince, Daft Punk, and Caribou, Luke has been a keen musician since school where he built a music-loving community amongst his peers playing gigs at weekends and going to shows whenever he could. A chance meeting with Nile Rodgers at 17 was the moment everything clicked, and from then on Luke began to work on music full time. We chatted to Luke in a quick Q&A about inspirations Alicia Keys, Dr.Dre, Kanye & Pharell and first experience in a major recording studio with Nile Rogers.
Q.So to KICK it all off who is Luke Gomm? in three words only Luke motherfucking Gomm.
Q.Who did you grow up listening to and what are you listening to right now? When I was younger my mum listened to a lot of soul, rnb & classic pop albums, most of her music was on vinyl that I’ve since inherited. My dad mainly listened to a lot of Ska bands & some reggae music.
The first music I ever discovered for myself at around 11years old was Sam Cooke, Ray Charles & Nina Simone. Around the same time my uncle gave me his old itunes collection so while I was at school I listened to a lot of Alicia Keys, Dr.Dre, Kanye & Pharell.
My favourite Jimi Hendrix track is Angel. My favourite Beatles track is Don’t Let Me Down, my favourite album from them is Revolver.
During school when our local scene was in the swing of things I was listening to a lot of indie music. The likes of Peace, Arctic Monkeys, The Clash, ALT-J.
My first experience in a major recording studio was with Nile Rogers @ RAK when I was 17. Ever since then I’ve had a massive love for the CHIC records. I usually see them live once a year or so.
Working at Strongroom there was a lot of Mike Skinner, Aphex Twin & The Prodigy on the speakers. Around this time I also got into Caribou, Floating Points & Ross from Friends.
Today Bill Evans is inspiring me as i’m spending more time at the piano. I’m also currently inspired by Daft Punk & Justice more than ever as I feel they made some great music that combined soul & dance music that has not been built upon since.
Q. If you could work with any other Producer/ Rapper/ Singer on a record who would it be and why? If I could work with any producer it would be Danger Mouse.Rapper wise it would be a dream to work with the legendary Q-Tip. He embodies the flow, tone & straight up lyrics I love about rap.As for singers, it would be fun to get into some music with Deb Never, Celeste, Sampha or Lola Young.
Q. You’ve written/produced for the likes of Miraa May and Coltr3ane, how did that come about? There’s a scene of creatives in London so coming up we all went to the same studios & gigs.I remember the time period Miraa & Cole first met then a couple of years later the three of us and Elevated were in the studio working on Rendezvous.Me & Miraa have worked on a few projects together, we were introduced by our friend Amal Omari.
Q. We have a few easy questions for you now- Pick two Celebrities to be your parents- Who? Wes Anderson & Karen O.
Q. Rate yourself(s) on a scale of 1-10? 9/10 today.I rate myself highly but there is always room for improvement. Q. Whats your go to emoji? Snowflake.
Q. Who is your style icon? Pharrell has always been fresh since I was young watching music videos. He probably influences my daily style choices somewhat.Shia La Beouf dresses well & Keith Haring the artist had swag.I also love the suit & ties that the Ska music movement wore, this may be something I will explore for gigs or to create a vibe in the studio.
Q. If Hollywood made a movie about your life who would you like to see play the lead role as you? I think I’d cast myself to portray myself while I’m still alive, but I would definitely have my celebrity parent Wes Anderson to direct it – I love the style of his movies.