In this exclusive interview, electronic violinist and singer Ginny Luke tells us about her passion for music, personal preferences, and her collaborative track with Taylor Graves, called “Take You On A Trip”. With an incredible voice and the right violin technique, she always takes her songs to the next level. Find out more below.
1 — First of all, what do you love about violins?
The violin is so rich in its history and I think it is the most beautiful instrument besides the cello. I find it so interesting how differently the violin was played throughout history – from the original ‘viol da gamba’ to the famous Stradivarius violins, to Middle Eastern gypsy music, country fiddle players in Europe and early America, and now to the electric violin, which can be played for every style. I think it is one of the most stylistically versatile instruments.
2 — What would your destiny have been had if you were not born in a musical family?
Wow, I don’t know, but I probably wouldn’t have practiced violin 8 hours a day! I would probably be an actor or dancer, something still in the arts. Maybe fashion designer – I had a clothing line as a child called GinderZ Fashions.
Oooh this is a good question. I don’t smoke and I try to stay super hydrated, especially on tour. On tour, I workout every day, I steam, I drink tea with lemon and honey, I do classical vocal exercises and Pop/Rock vocal exercises. I almost start a singing day with humming scales around the house or in the shower to warm my voice up.
4 — What is the best quote to describe your music?
Powerful. Honest. Electrifying.
5 — If you could only listen to three artists for the rest of your life that you’d never get tired of, who would they be?
Tchaikovsky, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson.
Taylor and I wrote “Take You On a Trip” a couple of years ago and it was a natural collaboration – we’ve been friends for a number of years and I’ve always loved his musical sound and style. He’s an extremely virtuosic pianist and incredible producer; he understands what simplicity, groove, and vibe can create and how it supports a good song. Every time I make music with him I see a new way to look at music, so that’s a huge reason why I love creating with him.
7 — Is there something special about this song that makes it stand out from your past releases?
It captures a different side of me… it frames my voice and my writing in a different kind of sound. My vocal performance is soft, feminine, and different than any song I’ve done. The outro is a jazz chord progression that Taylor and I solo over. I think those aspects make it the most different and notable song I’ve done so far.
8 — How much importance do you give to music videos?
I think music videos are a new required component for every song, if possible for the artist. MTV used to make videos special and cool, but I think in this “Instagram era” digital content is one of the only ways people can quickly become fans; they need a visual aesthetic and message to latch onto, not just aural.
9 — Are you performing live anytime soon?
I have performances almost every day of the week, but most of them are for corporate or private clients or recording sessions! I am mostly in the studio right now but I will announce live shows SOON on my FB and IG.
10 — Finally, what are some things most of your fans don’t know about you?
Some things fans don’t know about me… that I love opera and musical theater (my dad conducted musical theater my whole childhood – my family did about 30 shows). I love ancient Egyptian history. And that I played alto saxophone for 6 years and placed in Iowa state competitions when I was in middle school!