Thanks for chatting with us, give us an introduction to Luxley.
Luxley is an entity that exists outside of myself. I write music for it. People will just call me Luxley though because I’m presumably the principal writer for it. I was born in New Orleans. I’ve studied science my whole life and I’m also an ex-medical student. Music is my “jam.”
How did you come up with the name Luxley?
The name came from the word Loxley (as in “Robin Hood of Loxley”). The “o” changed quickly to a “u” once we saw that there was already a band called Locksley. It was a change for the better because “lux” also means light in Latin. The concept of light quickly inspired the brand’s color palette.
You just premiered your Spirit EP on NYLON — congrats! NYLON described you as having a “sound designed for reckless summer nights and top-down road trips.” Where did you draw your inspiration from?
My favorite forms of music (house, pop, rock, experimental) and my personal life (e.g. being an ex-medical student) were both major inspirations.
How does it feel releasing your first record and how long was the overall process from beginning to the final product?
It’s a big relief, but I will say, I can’t wait for the world to hear what’s coming next. I started working on the songs about 3-4 years ago, and I finished the songs for the Spirit EP about 1.5-2 years ago. With recording and marketing, there seems to be a delay in the release of these things.
You partnered up with Magic Man, Little Daylight, IYES, and more for a remix EP. How did this come about?
The right kind of music, a good manager, and awesome projects that were down to do their take on the songs.
We read that you left med school to pursue music – tell us about your background and how you decided to pursue your music dreams.
I was born in 1986, and to this day, I’ve fallen in love with two things: music and medicine. They both couldn’t co-exist in in the way I wanted them to because, little did I know, I was dealing with a desire and a passion.
I’ve studied science since grammar school and I’ve been active with music since I was 10 or 11. My interest in science gravitated towards human medicine and medical research right before attending college. Meanwhile, I was a bassist and screamer for a post-hardcore band based-out of New Orleans. In college, time became so demanding to fulfill my pre-medical requirements, maintain a competitive GPA, and apply to medical school, that I started to just write solo in my dorm room. I took a 2 year-grace period and moved to Nashville to explore my interests in medical research, as well write music more prolifically.
I spent my time in Nashville working as a neuroscience researcher at Vanderbilt University, and in-conjunction, wrote a massive amount of music. I was researching the cellular pathways that determine the embryological development of our peripheral nervous system. Why? Because there was, and still is, a major medical benefit from understanding these cellular pathways in order to treat congenital debilitating diseases, and traumatic injuries that have affected the motor-functioning of extremities.
I later came back to New Orleans to start my medical training as an M.D./Ph.D. student at Tulane University (a combined degree program designed for medical students who were also interested in completing a Ph.D. in science). When I wasn’t studying, I was writing music, and sometimes I wouldn’t even sleep in order to write music. I had this beautiful synergistic relationship between them, until I all I wanted to do was write music. I knew that music was no longer a hobby anymore – something I grew up thinking or was maybe raised to think.
A year later after dealing with this struggle, my professor pulled me into her office and we sat down. It was a long day. Over the next few weeks, I met with several individuals. Some were doctors who were also musicians, some were friends, and some were people that I barely knew, but that could give me their “two cents”. The result: I realized science was a desire, and music was my passion.
I spent a countless number of sleepless nights and a painful wake-up call to finally realize that, and I have many people to thank for helping me. There was serious family strife surrounding the departure from medical school, and it escalated to a point where severing forms of communication was the only way to heal broken feelings. I wrote most of the Spirit EP during that period of turmoil, and honestly, it’s very inspiring for me to reflect on that period in my life, considering what sacrifices were made.
You had the pleasure of playing alongside Bombay Bicycle Club. Tell us about your experience. Who would your dream line-up consist of?
The Bombay Bicycle Club tour was, to say the least, life-changing. My birthday fell on a night where we played to a sold-out 930 Club in Washington D.C. Every experience and every relationship fostered was so genuine, real, and irreplaceable that I am forever thankful for having the opportunity to tour with them.
Dream line-up: Luxley, Friendly Fires and Foals.
What’s currently on your playlist?
I’m listening to experimental music and straight pop. Onheotrix Point Never, Factory floor, Jon Hopkins, The Range, Hiroshima, Valuka VS. Ariana Grande, Kiarra, The Weeknd, Foals, Disclosure, Rufus Du Sol, Niki & The Dove.
Catch Luxley on September 19 with Phebe Starr at Mercury Lounge in NYC.