Bassendean to Amsterdam: local muso eyes fulfilment of dream


Bassendean musician Luke August.
Bassendean musician Luke August.

FROM Bassendean to Amsterdam, musician Luke August is fulfilling his childhood dreams of becoming an artist by spreading his music across the globe.

Bassendean resident Luke August (23) said music started as a hobby but he realised he wanted to pursue it as a career.

“I have always been into music from a young age and I used to play guitar when I was younger… I just got really into it and starting singing and naturally move into music production after that,” he said.

“Since then, I have been playing in bars and pubs and just recently started song-writing for a publisher based in Amsterdam.

“I just sent out lots of emails with the music that I made to different people and they came back and said that they wanted me to write music for them.”

August defined his music as indie-pop and influenced by artists such as Cargo and Miike Snow.

The Central TAFE sound and production student said he only recently started composing songs.

“I started playing guitar when I was 12 years old and I guess a few years after that I just started making my own riffs and lyrics on top of that and they become songs,” he said.

“I’ve got a few works on the go at the moment, which are coming out very soon, and a few that were pitched to bigger artists that I write for.

“There is a guy called Ferry Corsten and something has been pitched to him.”

August, a Curtin University construction graduate, said he would use a loop pedal or a band for his gigs.

“About once a fortnight I have a show at various locations in Perth, I am playing one next Thursday at Babushka in Leederville,” he said.

He said if he does not find success as an artist, he would be happy to focus on song writing.

“They kind of go hand in hand because you write for publishers and they try to get your music onto ads, when people hear your stuff on the ad, it benefits your artist profile,” he said.

“I work in construction part -time but the goal is to get full-time music and you cannot expect to make a big living off music but I rather be a musician, a moderately poor musician.”