Luke White is serious about his music. You can tell as much from his decidedly non-frivolous answers to our questions. We don't mind that at all; it's just as well then that the music can do the talking for him.
The overwhelming impression is of piano led balladry, although there is an almost equal smattering of guitar. It is smooth stuff and well mannered - think of territory somewhere between Guy Chambers and The Blue Nile. He's a 24 year old, well-ennunciated Londoner, had an EP (The Performing Man) out last year, and has his debut album Outside due to drop in July. For the album, he took on production duties himself, saying that he simply saw it as the natural thing to do alongside writing and recording. Even before the album, he has earned himself a celebrity fan in the form of Simon Pegg, and has had the necessary rite of passage with BBC Introducing...
Do you want to introduce yourself and tell the world who Luke White is, and where he has come from?
My name is Luke White and I'm a 24 year old musician from London, England.
What's your earliest musical memory?
I can't say for certain what my earliest musical memory was but I do remember watching a live orchestra recording in a studio when I was very young and being fascinated by the noise and excitement.
If you could hold a recording session with any five artists, who would you choose?
Probably just close musician friends otherwise the riders would be too hard to organise and it would be a scheduling nightmare!
You want to describe your music to a stranger on the street, who do you compare yourself to?
I'd say have a listen if you like pop music but I wouldn't cite any specific artists.
You are going to live on a desert island for a year, which three albums do you take with you?
The Planets Suite by Holst, any Beatles record and some Bob Marley for the sunshine.
Everyone has a defining music moment, one that lives on in the memory, what is yours?
I don't think I've had one yet. I couldn't live without music and I've known that for a long time , so you could say that's defining. I think that's intrinsic knowledge though, I can't pinpoint that to a specific moment.
What is the best gig you've ever been to and why?
There is no best gig but the last time I saw Coldplay at the O2 was pretty special.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
If we were to look at your MP3 player, what is the most embarrassing track or album that we'd find?
I don't know what you find embarrassing..
How would you sell your album to us?
I'd say you'll probably really like it but you might hate it and there's only one way to find out so go download it.
What's next for Luke White?
My album is out on July 9th and I'm shooting the video for the first single this week then I'm back to the studio to work on some new projects.