For the release of his new track, Generation Z, we're getting to know the films, books and albums that inspire the cinematic singer, Luke Lovekin.

Cinematic crooner Luke Lovekin is back with a new track that romanticises the present day. Generation Z is a moody, dramatic track that borders on gothic as his Jeff Buckley-esque lyricism collides with a stylisation that flows somewhere between The Cure, Joy Division or even Nina Simone’s haunting version of I Put A Spell On You. With the same charismatic front man-nerisms as Alex Turner, Generation Z drips with the same flawless production and ever-developing narrative sound as Tranquillity Base, but elevates it with something new and incomparable, something which makes Luke such an exciting one to watch.

As explained by Luke, ‘Generation Z is apolitically romanticised drama about the influx of new wave attributes in youth culture. It talks typically about the synthetic gloat of wealth; stacks of cash, expensive vodka, cocaine habits not kept too subtle and of course trashy branded clothing’. Set in a bar and taking you through a story, Generation Z is another piece in a back catalogue that weaves a path between Baz Luhrmann dramatics and the romance of French cinema. We caught up with the musician to see what influenced this new track, giving us a look into his playlist, bookshelf and Netflix list.

Watch: Blue Velvet – David Lynch

Ben, played by Dean Stockwell “A candy coloured clown they call the sandman” – The attraction Frank shows for Ben in this scene is the type of effeminate fluidity I tried to bring to this song. My vocals deliver with a very sexualised feminine tone and I loved the way that they comforted the internal anger of the lyrics and message being sent.

The music video that will follow the release of Generation Z takes huge influence from this scene aesthetically, as my character adopts a very conflicting array of masculine and feminine traits from Ben’s character – I believe you have to confuse an audience before you can make them reconsider their values.

Listen: Histoire de Melody Nelson – Serge Gainsbourg

The provocative elements of this man’s work will forever resonate with my writing but this is not just an album, it is an all-inclusive piece of stimulating narrative art. The layers of movement in the journey of Cargo Culte is where I took inspiration for my political drama; particularly in the middle 8 as the bass takes the reins and the synth’s play with your ears.


Read: Preface quote from The Time of Your Life – William Saroyan

Place in matter and in flesh the least of the values”, materialism is the burden of the mainstream culture and I believe to live forever in this world you have to put a part of you inside some form of art – as much or as little as you like.I preach that we should “Ignore the obvious, for it is unworthy of the clear eye” – like a colony of clones infecting trendy watering holes, they consume everything served with status…I prefer to find my pleasures in the floorboards; wisdom of those that walked gives you a stable vision for the future. Your P’s and Q’s cost nothing but maybe if there was a four digit price tag on them this movement of synthetic wealth would be more inclined to use them, “Be the inferior of no man, or of any men be superior” – “don’t you know it’s not cool to be rude to me”, LL.


Artwork by Emmie Lois