7.4.2023 - Director in the Dark
Born in Cape Town, raised and based in the Netherlands; singer-songwriter Lisa Lukaszczykforms the creative foundation for her band Luka. With her colourful voice and honest songs, she paints images that seem very familiar, yet are intriguing and exciting. Inspired by artists such as Sylvan Esso, Thom Yorke, Bon Iver, and Ultraísta, Luka exhibits a sound with touches of dreamy electro-pop, folk, and soul.
With only two people on stage, Luka’s live shows have proven a ‘not-to-miss’ at festivals across Europe. Together with her drummer Joost Wesseling, both playing multiple instruments, Luka puts on a surprisingly dynamic show that varies between ethereal soundscapes to grounded uplifting beats. After the successfully self-released debut EP ‘Welcome, GenerationEverything’ early 2018 and her Sofar Sounds session for single River going viral (300k+ views), they ended up playing over 80 shows throughout the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, and Italy that same year. Highlights include Sziget Festival (Budapest, Hungary), Motel Mozaïque(Rotterdam, the Netherlands), and the official aftershow for Elbow in Amsterdam.
After all these adventures Luka released her debut album 'First Steps Of Letting Go'(co-produced by Wannes Salomé (Klangstof) and Sam Jones (a.o. Luwten, Klangstof, Kim Janssen) in October 2020. That resulted in raving reviews in press and support by Spotify (a.o. NMF playlist, Chill Mode On playlist) and NPO 3FM, NPO Radio 2 & Kink FM in the Netherlands. Luka performed ESNS ’21, and supported Klangstof’s tour in April 2022, as well as My Baby’s tour that same year.
In April 2023, Luka released her EP 'Director in the Dark'. Four songs in which Luka attempts to get a grip on the feeling of groping in the dark. Luka summarizes the EP:
“The songs are born from a sense of uprooting. This may seem like a lonely feeling, but there is also strength in it; you get to choose where you live and who lives in you. 'Director in the Dark' is made for everyone who recognizes themselves in this.”
To celebrate the release of her new EP, Luka will play at V11, Rotterdam, on April 12th. Tickets can be found here.