Sir Bob Russell, former MP for Colchester, also dropped in to watch Luke perform and make notes for an article he is writing about CFMC. Pictured with them is CFMC Chairman Barrie Gibbard.Singer-songwriter Luke Fisher took part in a “live” video recording of some of his material at a pop-up CFMC studio at the Hythe Community Centre recently. Here, in conversation with Paul Desmond, Luke explains how he came to music and how he felt about the video session.
Paul: What was the starting point in music for you?
Luke: I have been playing guitar and writing my own material for around 12 years now. Having been in and out of bands for so long, three years ago I thought I would go solo and write music on acoustic guitar. I love playing as a solo performer as I can chop and change the set accordingly to the audience; there's no pressure to do/not do gigs and it still scares me on stage. I suppose I like that butterfly feeling when you are on stage with people watching. I generally perform in the Essex area but I love playing outside of the county because I get to meet new people, new venues and see the country a bit. Last summer, I took my guitar on an airplane and ended up playing in Austria, which was unbelievable and the overseas response was fantastic.
Paul: What was it like being filmed by CFMC?
Luke: It certainly was the most cameras I've ever had pointed at me at one time! I loved it. The cameras kept me on my toes while performing so I had to be the best I could be. I don't video my shows nearly enough as I should do and it's always nice to look back and see what you could of done better and have that piece of footage to keep.
Paul: Did you perform all your own material?
Luke: Yes, all of the material I performed was my own.
Paul: In musical terms, what would you say was your best experience gigging?
Luke: I think my best experience gigging is when the audience start singing back my own lyrics. I've also had people I don't know come up to me and say they listen to my music and have it in their driving, working or relaxing playlist which is crazy! I've played alongside some amazing and talented bands over the years but if I had to choose one gig that was my best, it would be supporting my uncles band “Dog Salad” in our hometown. I used to listen to their albums and want to be part of the band so much when I was younger so to be able to jam and play on stage with them was incredible.
Paul: Where are you based and are you a uni student and part-time musician?
Luke: I'm based in the Colchester area and I'm currently studying for a BA Hons in Popular Music at Colchester Institute. I'm hoping to go on and complete a Masters degree or a PGCE in the future as I'm looking to move into teaching music, so I don't get a lot of time not doing something that doesn't involve music, which is fine by me!