The Shipping Company's new single, "Cracks," coming out on June 30th!
Soulful and inspired, The Shipping Company’s music captures the purest and deepest emotions, turning them into memorable melodies and honest lyrics that speak straight to the hearts of the listeners.
While we wait for their upcoming single “Cracks” to be released on the 30th of June, we dive into the world of the band, with an exclusive interview with Luke William, talented multi-instrumentalist and one of the two main pillars of the band with LM, author of all music and lyrics!
Hi Luke, and thanks for being with us today at Planet Singer. Your upcoming single will be out soon, and we are thrilled to know more about your artistic journey, so, let’s start from the very beginning! When did you guys meet and how did The Shipping Company band come to life?
We meet at a sandwich shop a long long time ago. LM has such a magical way of writing music that I was instantly drawn to and always wanted to be a part of. It took us a while to find our style but once we did it clicked and we had so much fun finding ourselves in this collaboration.
We had the pleasure of listening to your single “Cracks,” which will be out on Friday the 30th of June. Great songwriting, soulful interpretation, and brilliant production make this song a gem of contemporary music. Can you tell us more about this song?
Thank you so much for your kind words. It came about at the studio. LM had this funky punk bass line that just really hit hard. I wrote this fun pop guitar line over the top of it and it just took off from there. This song represents change for us. Understanding that nothing is forever and that’s ok.
Luke, you are the other fundamental pillar behind The Shipping Company, a talented multi-instrumentalist who takes care of the recording of the band’s songs. How do you translate LM’s visions into captivating arrangements and excellent harmonic structures like those we can appreciate in “Cracks?”
Oh, this is easy. LM has such a way of writing that the music comes so naturally and easy for me. Narrative is so important to LM’s writing that I just play off of that. I find the right instruments to fully capture what LM is going for and build it like a cake almost. Bass and drums are the foundation and everything else is the frosting.
Your single “Cracks” was recorded at Cederhouse Studios in New Hampshire with the legendary engineer Gerry Putnum, and produced by talented LA-based producer Alyssa Wilkens. How important is it to have the right team by your side working on your project?
It is so important to have the right people in place when you are writing a record. You need to find the people that build you up and give you the right inspiration to get to the heart of your creative process. It’s everything.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Life. The ups and the downs that life throws at you. We find our inspiration in the human connections that we make every day. That is what brings our art to the forefront. The honesty in the everyday.
From LA to Colorado. Many artists believe that moving and making new experiences enriches their music. Do you think “changing air” helps your creative process?
Oh yeah, Finding new space to create was a big thing for this record to come together.
Your sound is the result of different styles that unite, blend perfectly, and create something truly unique. Do you think it is important for band members to have different musical tastes but similar artistic visions?
Yes absolutely. You need to find what makes you happy and be inspired to write. I think the friction of different styles coming together always makes something new and exciting. It truly is everything.
If you could collaborate with one of the artists who inspired you during your artistic journey, who would you like to share a song with?
Oh man, I would say Emerald Osagie. What they are doing is magic. Their last album What The Heart Sounds Like is mint. So good.
Are you planning any gig after the release of “Cracks?”
Nothing on the books now but I can’t wait to play these songs live.
Will the single be part of a bigger project like a full-length album?
Yeah, but you will have to wait a little longer for that 🙂
What are your plans for the future?
Keeping making honest music. That’s our biggest thing.
Luke, it was such a pleasure having you with us today! Is there anything you would like to say to our readers?
Thank you so much for having us. What you are doing here is great! Giving artists a platform to talk about their music is amazing! Go check out all our music where ever you stream music. It’s everywhere you can stream! Thank you.