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Exclusive Interview: Luchi Discusses The Making Of “You’ll Hurt More”

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Luchi You'll Hurt More

In an exclusive interview with Electro Wow, Luciano Arcari aka Luchi bares the distinctive qualities that elevate “You’ll Hurt More” to a league of its own within the heartbreak anthem sphere. Get ready for an enthralling read!

1 — What led you to compose “You’ll Hurt More,” were there personal experiences that influenced the lyrics?

Thanks so much for having me today. I’ve been so excited to get this song out so I’m relieved it’s finally in the world. The song came about after I got a DM from one of my ex’s on Instagram asking to meet up for a coffee and a chat. I decided instead of responding that I’d write a song and that’s how You’ll Hurt More came to life. I think a lot of us have been there after a breakup when you’re heartbroken and after some social media stalking, you see that your ex has moved on, well this ex moved on while we were still in the relationship but that’s a different story and song haha, and you can sometimes feel like it turns into a game of who is doing better and that you lost the breakup but in time, once you’re heart has healed, you can move on while they have to live with the fact they lost the best thing that ever happened to them. Sometimes it best to say what you wanna say in a song than in a message to a person I think.

2 — What impact do you believe the lyric video will have on listeners?

With this lyric video, it was more about bringing in the fun as my last few have been pretty deep with animations covering quite heavy subjects. I wanted a neon theme as it’s firstly my favourite colour palette, but also I wanted it to just be fun. There are music synced animations in the video so it feels like you’re on the journey of the song. As much as I love singing a sad ballad, this whole project is just showing my versatility as an artist who hopefully will be around for a long time.

3 — Songwriting often involves finding the right words to convey powerful messages. Did you use any technique?

There is no specific technique I use when it comes to writing lyrics. I have endless notes of cool phrases or interesting metaphors and I usually draw on them for inspiration but mostly I just let it flow out. I spent a lot of time reading and expanding my vocabulary, hours of sitting with a thesaurus just learning as I wasn’t the best student in school so it was really important to me to expand my vocabulary so that I had more ways of expressing myself. If you listen to someone like Mariah Carey, she uses really interesting words and some wild rhymes so I deffo count her as one of my lyrical inspirations. My advice to others would be to use your authentic voice and language as it brings a unique message to your music.

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4 — Is there something about the chorus that stands out to you and makes it a noteworthy part of this song?

Especially in Pop music, the chorus is the most important part of the song as it’s the part the listener usually sings along to and remembers. It is repeated throughout the song so it has to be able to relate to the whole song throughout and it’s the universal part of the song for me. In verses, you can make it a bit more personal but the chorus needs to draw the listener in and connect them. I think with this song it’s the powerful fighting back part of the song and is the payoff that you want after the verses are a bit more painting the picture. I love the lyrical content of this chorus as it keeps it simple while being powerful the first half talks about how I’ll move on while the second half of the chorus is aimed at the person and how they will live with regret so you get both sides of the story.

5 — Was this track a collaborative effort, or did you work on it exclusively by yourself?

I wrote the melody, chords, and lyrics on this track solo and then my producer Chris Stagg helped me form it into the anthem you hear today. I’m heavily involved in the production side of my songs too but I always credit Chris to having a big part in helping me discover the “Luchi sound.” I’m actually releasing an acoustic version of the song on 21st August which is how I originally wrote the song so I’m excited for people to hear that as it feels like seeing behind the curtain a bit.

6 — How would you break down the sound palette of the melody?

I’d describe the melody as playful but also strong. I think that when you are writing a song like this, you want the melody to match the lyrics so being able to play around adds to the fun of it. Whereas with a power pop ballad, you get to show off your vocal skills and come up with interesting melismas, with this kind of track, it’s more about keeping it simple but interesting with dynamics that keep the listeners’ ear. You also want it to be easily remembered and that people have the ability to sing along to. While I love artists like Donny Hathaway, For All We Know is one of my favourite songs, the melodies can often be more complicated for people to sing along with and it’s more about listening to the singer than being involved but I like my listener to be able to belt the songs out and take ownership of the song.


7 — Heartbreak anthems often evoke a powerful response from listeners. How do you think “You’ll Hurt More” stands out in this genre?

I think that heartbreak is running through a lot of hit singles as it’s universal. Most of us have had our hearts broken at some point so it’s easy to resonate with the message. I think the things that make me stand out in this genre is that it’s coming from a LGBTQI+ perspective which has often been hidden away and I’ve deliberately in my music made sure to use male pronouns when discussing partners as I feel it’s important to have representation. I got some backlash for this at the start of my career but a little controversy wasn’t going to stop me from representing my community. I think you can also feel my authenticity and vulnerability through the song and that is universal with all my music. All my songs come from true life stories so I think my audience can feel that and it connects us.

8 — How do you go about preserving the strength of your singing voice?

Hydration, hydration, hydration. It is so important to make sure that your vocal cords are hydrated so streaming, drinking lots of water, and avoiding dehydrating things like caffeine or smoking. I gave up smoking in March 2020 and I limit my caffeine and I’ve seen my voice improve so much from this alone. I also make sure to warm up my voice and do vocal exercises to keep my voice in check. I’ve been using The Vocal Coach, Annabel Williams app recently and the exercises are great. Rest before any heavy singing and remember that your voice is a muscle, the more you work it, the stronger it gets. I also read recently that Aretha Franklin used to order buckets of fried chicken in the studio as she believed the grease would lubricant her voice so if it’s good enough for the Queen of Soul, then I’ll need to try it next time in the studio.

9 — Are there any specific goals you’re aiming to achieve through your current musical undertakings?

This part of my career is about bringing the fun back. I got a bit lost navigating my way through the industry and now I’m just releasing the music I want to release, doing it my way and I think that is resonating with my audience. I’m not trying to be anyone else or imitate anymore, I’m just doing me and that feels great. I’m so grateful for the successes I’ve already had and I’m so excited for what’s to come.

10 — What’s in store for your fans in the remaining months of 2023?

Well, there’s a lot more music to come, my next single is already ready to go and it’s one of my favourite songs I’ve written and is really special. I’ll hopefully be back on to talk about that soon and I’ve been in the studio and recorded the next few singles after that too so hold on tight because this new wave of music is fresh and exciting for me.


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