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Folk singer/songwriter and Burnaby native, Luca Fogale. (SUBMITTED)
It’s been a busy year for folk singer/songwriter Luca Fogale. After releasing his five-song EP Paths in May, the 22-year-old has been gigging regularly. With his next show Sept. 26 at Fortune Sound Club as part of the Peak Performance Project, Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with the Burnaby native.
24: What are your musical inspirations?
LF: From the first time I heard Shelter from the Storm on my friend's stereo I've been a die-hard Bob Dylan fan. I had always played blues and rock up until about the time I was 16 and then I discovered folk music through Dylan and it opened up a completely different world for me, leading me to music from Nick Drake, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell to name a few. There's a certain quality about the way that all of the classic folk singers tell stories so fluidly and with such purpose that I try really hard to emulate.
I'm hoping with a lot of hard work that eventually I'll be able to create that kind of music. For now I just try to write honestly and tell my story and I've received more support than I could have ever imagined.
24: At what point did you decide to pursue a musical career?
LF: I decided that I wanted a career in music about two years ago after having finished my second year of university. I was working towards a degree in psychology and it came to a point where I would spend all of my time thinking about music, whether I was sitting on the bus, in class, or trying to study. So, two summers ago I decided to drop everything and give myself a chance to play music for a living, and needless to say, it's been the best and most fulfilling two year of my life by a long shot.
I've never felt as inspired and motivated as I am right now, so I'm just working as hard as I can at writing and becoming a more accomplished artist for as long as I possibly can. It really has been amazing to see all of the support that my family, friends, and community have so graciously given me, and I can't thank them enough. Both my older brother and sister graduated university making my career choice a bit of a tough sell at first.
24: Is there always a message in your music?
LF: I always try to communicate something to the listener through my lyrics, in most cases through a message, but other times simply by discussing a feeling or situation in order to make whoever is listening feel something. I spend a lot of time working on ideas that will do that for the listener because songs that we can connect with or learn from always attract us the most. I listen to a lot of music and that is always the case. For example, I can listen to Things behind the Sun by Nick Drake 10 times over and every time it is just as interesting as the last. That connection is incredibly important, especially in something as fragile and emotional as music.
24: How inspiring do you think music should be?
LF: I don't think there is any limit to how inspiring music can be. We can look at songwriters like John Lennon and Bob Marley who have completely changed the way people live and think, comparable to people like the Dalai Lama and Gandhi. There really isn't anything like it and it can become so much more than just an art form. People listen to music to feel happy, or hopeful, or like somebody understands the way they're feeling, and that's a beautiful thing. I've always believed that there is a certain responsibility to create change that comes with performing music for people.
Whether that means making people feel something, helping them think differently, or even just creating an experience for them that can make their day more inspired or fulfilled. There is great power in music, regardless of the status of the performer or the size of the audience, because everyone involved is changed in some way every time