Named after the character from The Godfather, Tassie legends Luca Brasi are equally a force to be reckoned with. Since 2009 the infectious enthusiasm of their melodic punk rock from down under has made its way into the hearts of many fans around the country. From their early days of noisy pub gigs to now the band have toured relentlessly, sharing the stage with the likes of Kisschasy, Violent Soho and The Smith Street Band along the way. Their popularity has seen them appear on the lineups of Laneway Festival, Party in the Paddock, Unify Gathering and Splendour In The Grass.
After releasing three albums over the years and maturing together as a band, with some members starting families and careers and chasing personal ambitions outside of the realm of music, their newest release ‘Stay’ which dropped on June 22nd is a culmination of their experiences of growing up. A reflection of the good and bad, finding balance in life and focusing on the positives. But growing up doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Luca Brasi will be doing just that when they hit the road and spread the good times in support of their new album with a national tour this August – you can get your hands on tickets here! This week’s Savvy Seven shares some of their advice and insight into their career, enjoy the read!
Who was your first musical inspiration? Why? Who inspires you now?
My first inspiration was probably David Bowie. As I grew up, he was drilled into my veins via my Mum and her and Dad’s collection of LPs. I was lucky enough to grow up with music everywhere in my house and I’ve never forgotten that influence. I have my parents to thank for listening to good music my whole life and my Dad to thank for pushing me into playing guitar. These days I’m inspired by the friends I’ve made in bands from all over the world, I’m always dumbfounded by how talented my friends are, and always push me to try better.
What advice do you have for someone who is about to set off on their first tour?
One of the top practical things I can think of is investing in some decent cases for transit. Apart from that hang out at shows afterwards and meet people, never say no to some water or free food. Watch every band playing, even just using basic manners is something people always remember. The first tours we did I am lucky enough to have met some of my best friends on.
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What has been one of the most defining moments in your career?
I think being played on the radio was something I’ll never forget. It was definitely something that undoubtedly changed the course of our band, and the exposure we were able to receive because of it. My memory is so shocking, but I definitely remember being in the front yard and taking that phone call!
How has your music practice changed over time?
We definitely put a focus on rehearsing as a group constantly and always have, it’s super important to be in the same room as often as possible to ensure songs gel. Individual smaller stuff is left up to being done at home. I have done both guitar and bass lessons and also vocal coaching since being in the band. The latter being something super important that I always dip in and out of and always need to work on keeping up. How we approach music as a practice has definitely changed a lot since we started out as a band. When we first started it was never meant to be serious, and it pretty much took us two albums to take things more seriously and really kick into gear. This meant getting a team behind us and actually making goals etc. That was what took us to take ourselves seriously a lot more as a band, and a bit more self-belief also.
My top business tip for new artists is…
Get an accountant, we tried to do our own tax for way too long and it totally sucks and is impossible when you have no idea what you’re doing. We were 100% DIY for ages, booking our own shows, doing the lot. I’m super glad we did it because you learn so much, don’t hand over control straight away is my advice. If you do, read what you’re signing, there’s always someone looking to make money off your hard work.
My biggest career mistake has been… What would you do differently now?
I honestly think our biggest mistake was not taking it seriously for so long. Back yourself hard; your work is important, and you owe it to yourself to take it seriously. The biggest bands ever started somewhere.
In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is… What do you think can change that?
The old dinosaurs in music are slowly dying out, but it’s a long slow process, which needs to be sped up. Antiquated views on gender, pay, and treatment of artists need to be rid as soon as possible. The waking up of artists to the fact it doesn’t have to be that way, and the courage and strength of women who have been treated as second-class citizens their whole lives, is inspiring. People in the industry are scared of change, of their empires and livelihood being threatened (which is nonsense) and speaking out by artists is important. I often hear that music and politics need to be separated, which is also garbage. If you have a platform then go stand on it and be heard. Music and musicians can do huge good and we’re seeing it by a small few, of whom I’m super inspired by and wish to be more like.
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Luca Brasi are playing national dates in August for their ‘Stay’ tour
You can get tickets here
Thursday 12 July – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart
August 11 – Club 54 Launceston
August 17 – The Triffid Brisbane
August 18 – Manning Bar Sydney
August 22 – Rosemount Hotel Perth
August 23 – The Gov Adelaide
August 24 – The Croxton Melbourne