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Daily Inspiration: Meet Lukas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lukas.

Hi Lukas, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been surrounded by music, my mom sang, my dad played guitar and drums, and both of them made sure I always had good music to listen too. Mom introduced me to many artists including some of the likes of Johnny Cash, Prince, Def Leppard, David Bowie and more. While Dad showed me more along the lines of Van Halen, Jack Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, and more as well. Both of them helping me experience music with an eclectic sense. As I got older around middle school, I began to take a newfound interest into my guitar that had stayed tucked away in the corner of my room, once my dad began to notice he helped me learn a few chords and I eventually began to start writing my own songs as an outlet for day to day life. Fast forward through lots of YouTube videos and songbooks and I began to get where I could play and sing at the same time and I wanted to give it a shot live. Passing through Atchison, KS, I stumbled upon a locally owned guitar store ‘Muddy Rivers Guitars’ and talked to the friendly staff and found out that they were having an open mic soon. I called my friend and we got ready for it in the upcoming weeks. I was excited and terrified but we got up there in front of the room of people and for the first time performed calling ourselves ‘The Midnight Marters’ it was far from perfect but the atmosphere of support and enthusiasm from everyone there uplifted me and I began to feel more and more drawn to want to further my ability so I could get more opportunities to play for people.

I played at quite a few open mics there until the pandemic happened and I’ll always cherish the memories I have there and I’d love to do more if they start them back up. Going into my junior year of high school, I had a lot more experience on my belt but my friend had moved away after the first time we played at muddy rivers so I was doing everything on my own. I had even played at my hometowns Talent show that they have every year at the town ‘Gower Days’ festival but that football season I had suffered an injury to my left-hand ring finger and I had twisted, broken, and dislocated the finger and my whole life felt like it went on pause. Over the entire recovery time, my want to play grew more and more until it finally got to where I could again and slowly but surely, I got back to where I could. The next summer, I went back to play two more songs in my town’s talent show and for the first time, I sang one of my own original songs to my hometown. It was an amazing experience and it made me feel even more motivated to keep working hard.

That summer, I also began working on my album but like many others was faced with the challenge of the pandemic and production went on pause. It was also the summer of my senior year where I was introduced to a new slogan by the new head coach Dan Ritter which was “Don’t Talk About it, be about it.” The first time I heard those words, it really changed the way I looked at everything in life. It made me realize that if I wanted to make something happen that I needed to go for it instead of just saying it was the goal. And I apply that saying to my everyday life now. Now This year for the first time, I have a solo opening set for the Gower Days festival thanks to the amazing support of the community, and I’m looking and trying to get booked for more shows from here on out. As well as resuming production on my debut album. I couldn’t have done anything to be where I am today without faith, the love from my friends and family, and the support of everyone who has ever come to see me play or listened to one of my songs. And I’m beyond thankful for them all and excited to see what tomorrow brings!

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Having divorced parents my whole life (Dad living in Lees summit and mom living in Gower).

Growing up and seeing the world change.

Breaking my finger.

Going to different schools while getting older.

Feeling confident in myself performing when things didn’t go right or getting made fun of.

The Pandemic and how it changed all of our lives.

Having to halt production on my debut album.

Having to learn to perform by myself on stage.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m Lukas, I’m a singer-songwriter and I’m known mainly for my songwriting and playing local shows. My biggest accomplishment is probably being able to look out at an audience and see them connect with words that I put together and to see it make them feel something being heard by anyone who is willing to listen and growing with every day. We’re all different and have our own stories to tell and I feel like my point of view whether it’s of love, hate, sadness, regret, heartache, etc. even tho everyone can feel the same we all feel it and experience it in different ways.

So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
As far as my music, it would be connecting with people and making them feel something by what I have to say or from a story I’ve written. It’s an amazing and beautiful thing to see them feel something and to help guide them to see through a different point of view than just their own. Telling them my points of view on life or stories I’ve lived or imagined. Yet along the lines of my life, it would be taking care of and being there for my friends and family to the best of my ability.

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Kelly Worthen Photography Roxane Peters Photography

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