Lukey Storey has recently announced himself on the UK hip hop scene with debut single ‘What It’s Like‘ – the track sees Lukey draw from within and reflect upon personal struggles, proving he is an artist who’s not afraid to delve into topics some struggle to. Songs like these have inherit power, as they convey a lot of relatability for listeners – especially those who may be able to directly sympathise with some of the situations Lukey describes. Being quite impressed with the track, we spoke to Lukey Storey about his hopes for the future, his views on the UK scene and how important he feels it is for artists to use their voice, as he does in ‘What It’s Like‘ – which you can listen to here:
Your single ‘What It’s Like’ tackles some personal issues and sensitive topics, how important do you feel it is for artists to use their voice constructively?
I think artists should be able to say whatever they want. Obviously if they say some f’d up stuff they gotta be able to handle the reactions of others as everyone has an opinion. I just say it how I see it. How I feel it. It’s a joy to be free. It’s great if artists want to say stuff to inspire, to teach people things but primarily I rap and write for me. I got a lot of backed up thoughts and feelings.
After being an established DJ for a good number of years, what made you want to pursue a rapping career?
This is the thing man, I honestly don’t know. I didn’t wake up and think ‘yeah I’m going to go for this’ it didn’t happen like that. It just sort of came out of nowhere and I could be real hippy / spiritual about it but I feel like I haven’t had much to do with it. I didn’t practice, I didn’t rehearse, I don’t write anything down, I just hit record. But it’s been good being a dj first in the sense I already know what producers and beat makers have the fire. This is just so fun man, I don’t know what the hell is going on but I like it.
If you could change one thing about the current landscape of hip-hop in the UK, what would it be?
I don’t know man, I wouldn’t change anything. Everything is as it’s supposed to be. I like some stuff, I don’t like a lot of it but who cares what I think. I know I got my own lane.
Who would you say are your biggest musical influences?
It always changes man. I think I’m just an amalgamation of years and years of music I’ve absorbed over the years. I love Bowie, I love Eminem. RIP Mac Miller though, that was my guy.
As an artist, what is Lukey Storey all about?
I know it instinctively, I’m not really sure how to put it into words. I rap about me on this planet and how much of it doesn’t make sense to me. I rap about addiction, drugs, family dynamics, girls, ex’s that burned me, difficult feelings. I’m hoping i’ll make some happy shit one day haha!
What can we expect to hear from you in the future?
I don’t even know but I got so many songs and I keep writing. I’m staying very close to my producer Cores and I’m a beat fiend and always hungry for more beats ! Shout out Ghostown, LEN and Raf Riley. Them the guys for me at the moment.
Be sure to keep an eye out for what Lukey has up his sleeve next! You can follow him on twitter here to stay up to date.
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