5 Minutes with Luke Ligtenberg

What inspired you to become a musician? 

My mum and dad played unprofessionally at family BBQ’s and I enjoyed the atmosphere the music and storytelling created. I aspired to be rich and famous as a kid with my love of entertaining. I could sit out the front of my house on the gutter with a guitar and play for hours. Occasionally, I would see people walk by and they’d notice me and maybe dance a little or listen to me play blues tunes and other songs I’d be making up. Seeing them enjoy what I was doing inspired me to keep going.     

Who is your favourite/inspiring artist and why? 

It’s always changing depending on my mood, though I often come back to ‘The Beatles’.  

Who is your go-to artist or what is your go-to playlist on Spotify? 

My go to artist is Seth Sentry  

First concert that made the biggest impression? 

The first concert that made an impression on me was when I dressed as a bogan and kicked an esky off the stage at a high school concert while singing the parody song ‘Bloke’ by Chris Franklin. Some of my teachers were not impressed, but my peers and bandmates will never forget how fun it was. 

Most amazing gig moment you’ve had? 

The most amazing gig moment I have had was performing at my Old Primary School with The Swamp Stompers to promote the local ‘Ocean Rhythm’s’ festival in my area. Some of my old teachers were there, two news teams and a bunch of enthusiastic primary school students singing and dancing to a blues rock version of my school song “At Old Bar school by the sea and the sand, we care for our community we care for our…:  

Most embarrassing gig moment you’ve had? 

Most people would find my antics such as taking clothes off, jumping on tables and gazing into people’s eye’s while singing intimate songs embarrassing. However, I relish the energy it creates and can transform the feeling of embarrassment into excitement; it’s more entertaining for me and the audience. I would worry if my shows were not somewhat embarrassing.  

What are you working on at the moment? 

I just bought my first home and I’m building a studio. I’d like to record my 2nd EP ‘The Thunder’ in my studio and do the tracking, mixing and mastering myself. I’ve had almost 100 shows cancelled or postponed due to Covid so at this stage, I think my energy will be better spent creating and recording.  

What is the career milestone you have reached so far that got you excited? 

The most exciting career milestone I have reached so far is playing at Byron Bay Blues Festival and having triple J airplay.   

What other milestones are you aiming to reach? 

Some of the other milestones I am hoping to achieve include: 

  • A Europe tour.  
  • Making at least $1 from Spotify. 
  • Performing on a super yacht in the Bahamas.  
  • Earn more as a musician than I can as a high school music teacher