Earlier this week, I caught up with Luke Friend to have a good natter about his forthcoming music, his fans and whether he’s glad he didn’t go on to win the The X Factor after all.
Luke of course has a very different style to what we see from any of the acts that audition for The X Factor and he admitted that he was very worried at one point that nobody would ‘get’ him. However, after his initial audition, he figured that he was ready to give it his all.
Speaking about his time on the show and whether he ever felt the need to tone his style down to fit in, Luke told me: “I mean, I always knew that I would, not so much not fit in, but I knew I’d never be a normal act, I guess due to the style of music that I did.
“That did worry me in the early stages as I always wondered whether they would get me or not. I guess it was just down to the audiences’ reaction and the judges stood up in my first audition. That was amazing and it made me think that I was maybe ready for it. I do try to work hard and I know everybody does, but I don’t know if anyone else gigged before the show, which I did. I was going far away from home at 13/14 gigging.
“The tour coming up is bliss for me as I’m in my element there. At the end of the day, the show is a show and it is what it is. It’s called The X Factor which is something what someone has, but nobody knows they have it. The X Factor is something where someone has talent, but it’s about having something that nobody else has. I hope I have that”.
Moving on to talk about his fan base, he said that he loves his “absolutely mental” fans and he feels like he knows his relationship with his fans, but it’s going to take some time to adjust to having people wanting to know so much about you and your music. “You know which music your fans like – we’re very much on the same page and they know what direction I want to head in, which is great,” he explained.
Finally, going on to talk about his forthcoming solo material, Luke said it’s “very, very important to find someone who is as passionate about what you’re doing as you are” and if you end up going with someone who isn’t interested, then it won’t work.
He added: “I certainly adore bands like Mumford & Sons, the 1975, Rolling Stones. I mean, I’d like to do a mixture between all of my favourite acts, I think that’s what anyone would like to do. I think I’m going to stick with doing gigs with my acoustic guitar and if not, it’ll be with an electric guitar. I’ve always had an idea what my music will be like”.
Whether Luke’s fans will see his debut album any time soon is yet to be decided. As much as Luke would like to not “take too much time” on the album as he doesn’t want people getting frustrated, he admitted that he needs to “take as much time as I can with it to make it a really great album”. It’s also amazing news that Luke wants to co-write a lot of the album and he’s eager to get started.
We can’t wait to hear some of Luke’s debut solo material!