Lucca is a singer, songwriter and producer from Berlin. The main element in her alternative pop productions is her angelic broken voice that she uses to build dark soundscapes. With vocal layers, simplistic piano patterns and electronic elements she takes listeners on deeply emotional journeys through her melancholic world.
She has had appearances in local clubs and Berlins famous cabaret theater (BKA) and has recently released her haunting self-produced debut track “Valerie”.
1. I only write sad music.
2. I collect party costumes and wigs.
3. Lucca with double c is my real name and it’s a town in Tuscany, Italy.
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
I feel inspired by my own emotions. When I start a session I reflect on what moves me at the moment and then I put that into my music. I’m fascinated by how detailed you can work through your feelings when you have instruments, your voice, lyrics and drums to express yourself.
2. How and when did you get into making music?
I started singing and playing the piano as a child and always felt very connected to music. But I started writing my own music only 2 years ago. I had moved back to Berlin from Sweden and felt quite lost and inspired by the Berlin nightlife and the people I had met. I needed to process that creatively and started writing.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
That keeps changing, but at the moment it’s:
James Blake – James Blake
Shabrang – Sevdaliza
Youth Novels – Lykke Li
channel ORANGE – Frank Ocean
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
Berlin is my home. It will always be familiar to me, but it’s also always changing. It teaches me to adapt, explore and find comfort in being surprised.
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
I like watching the sunset at Tempelhofer Feld airport. I like how far you can look. Kind of reminds me of the beach.
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
I think I would have gotten into a different form of art, probably writing. Creating and sharing my thoughts with others is an intrinsic part of me. I have studied English literature and loved analyzing autobiographies, so maybe I would be a researcher and teacher at University.
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
I bought ‚Everybody but Me’ by Lykke Li for a radio mix I did for reboot.fm. I have adored her since I was a kid.
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Who… I’m not sure. But I’d like to play live with an orchestra.
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
I saw James Blake live in a quite small concert hall when I was like 16. I remember that I was blown away by how physical the experience was as the bass ran through my whole body.
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
It’s essential. I start every creative process at my computer with a music software. I start recording and mixing vocals immediately to create the atmosphere I have in mind and develop the idea further.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
I’m an only child but my mom and friends support me unconditionally. They know that music is what I need to be doing, and they support me so I can grow.
Photo © Alexander Malecki