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Luke Kenny
The verdict is in – if you want great music, Luke’s After Hours is the show to turn to. The Record gets the inside stuff from the man who brings you all those super tunes.

The Record: You’ve been laying low these past few years – what inspired the comeback?
Luke: It’s been programming and behind the scenes all these years. That’s about it. However there has always been talk by the heads of the channel trying to bring me back in some way but I was quite reluctant to appear on air and host a show. So they said they’ll put me in the promo and packaging and just play my brand of music and I was okay with that. Because somehow to come back and just do the whole ‘Hi welcome back to the show’ and things like that was not really interesting. So this is I think a more interesting format where you don’t have to wait for the song to play. You know your music is uninterrupted.

TR: What is the basic concept that After Hours works on?
Luke: It is a back-to-back playing of good songs regardless of genres, decades, artists, or any other kind of weightage or luggage attached to it. It’s just good songs, it might be from the 80s, 90s, 60s or even right now so it’s just plain back-to-back good songs. Anything that is good that has great compositional quality qualifies.

TR: And what has the response been like?
Luke: Everyone likes the music on it, because they are songs that they’ve heard and liked and are familiar with over the years. Be it the classic rock audience, or the new teen audience who like acts like Coldplay. The feedback is good because the songs are basically good.

TR: So have lots of things changed on music television since you were a VJ?
Luke: Oh word – remixes. Well they were there back then as well, but now it’s become more of a preoccupation with the music industry. Indian film music has always been the lifeblood of the country so that is still the same.

TR: What new bands do you think are promising?
Luke: The Rasmus, The Darkness, and there’s this band which has not really broken into mainstream, a band called Sigur Ros – they’re an Icelandic band who are more like soundscapes but they’re a band actually. There are lots more I could mention though.

TR: How has technology changed the way we experience music?
Luke: Technology always has a tendency to turn the tables on an experience as we know it or to change it for the better. In this case it’s happened both ways. How it’s turned is that you don’t really need to wait for the album to come out. If the fans who downloaded the song really like it and can’t wait to hear the rest of the album they will go and buy it from stores. So you’re dealing with a pro and a con. Most of the time there is a con – you buy an album with 14 songs out of which only 3 are good so then you have the people who think why should I pay 500 bucks for such a CD. It works both ways.

You can read the rest of our feature on Luke Kenny in the March 2004 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.

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