Meet Arthur, the singer/songwriter better known as Loveclub, who has just released his debut EP “Blue Boy.” Loveclub has a mastery over conveying emotions through both impactful lyricism and symphonious melodies. The singer, originally from Vancouver Island, is based in Los Angeles. He continues to grow on all streaming platforms as more fans get to know the beauty that is “Blue Boy.” Check out our interview below.
BTS: What inspired you to be a musician? Could you tell us a little bit about your relationship with music?
Loveclub: I’ve always really liked making things and out of all the creative fields, I’ve looked up to musicians the most. Also, my dad often played music in the house growing up whether it be covers or his own songs and I always liked that. So I think that was a big factor too. And then I remember in grade 10 I went on a field trip to an event called WeDay. It was at Rogers Arena where the Vancouver Canucks play. It was my first time in a big stadium and I just remember very vividly walking through the tunnel to the bleachers and getting to the edge and thinking to myself – “This is what I wanna do. I wanna be a musician.”
BTS: Who are some artists you consider to be your biggest inspirations?
Loveclub: Influences would be bands like, The Cure, Coldplay, and The Cranberries. Growing up my parents played them a lot. I also got pretty into Greenday because of my dad playing “dookie” and Enya from my mom. Those are the most prominent artists from my childhood that my parents put me onto. Along the way I was into a bunch of different stuff. Taking little bits here and there. And as for a more current band, I’m really into The 1975. They’re crazy good. Super diverse and of the time, and Matty just writes really good songs.
BTS: Where does the name “Loveclub” come from?
Loveclub: Thin air lol. I had been thinking about artist names for a long time. But I hadn’t ever thought of one that I was really pumped on. I figured if I didn’t think of a name I’d just use my own. I think it was right around the time I was about to submit my first song for release and it popped in my head. I thought it looked really good written out and liked how it sounded. The visual aesthetic was a priority and “Loveclub” was just that. I thought it looked great. Then I realized it was kinda like Coldplay in the way that it’s two four letter words pushed together. And that was it. I was sold.
BTS: What does your song-writing process look like? Are there certain places or times that stimulate this process?
Loveclub: So I have my music setup in my room. Nothing crazy. Nothing too fancy. But real convenient. So I kinda write whenever, but I tend to be the most productive before noon or really late at night with headphones on. My songwriting process varies a bit, but currently, my preferred approach is to make a beat and then open up my notes app where I have my lyric ideas and I mess around singing lyrics until I find a melody that feels good and I’ll start shaping the lyrics into a song. That normally works pretty good. But my favourite way to write songs is probably just on guitar. The problem with that is I never end up producing those songs. Or I don’t end up with a beat I’m super into, so they just stay as guitar songs. They’ll have their day though.
BTS: How do you think your personal experience relates or differs from the experiences you write about in your music? What’s your favorite emotion to write about?
Loveclub: I think I write best or they’re the songs I like the most when it’s a personal experience turned into a song. Making up songs or using my imagination for parts of songs works too and sometimes is needed to finish something, but the songs that are the real thing are always my favourite. The best stuff, you can’t make up. It’s so detailed and specific. I love that stuff.
BTS: What do you want people to know about your music before listening to it?
Loveclub: The story and the lyrics are the most important to me. I care about production too, but I always want my songs to be playable on their own. I want the stripped down versions with only guitar and vocals to still sound good. I feel like the production is just a nice dress. It’s not necessary, but it’s nice to have.
BTS: Lastly, what do you think the future of Loveclub will entail?
Loveclub: Hopefully just putting out a lot of music and growing as an artist. I think some experimentation soundwise. I have a whole lot of unreleased music and there are a couple different avenues I’ve been exploring. It’s hard to say how smooth or abrupt the sound changes will be, but I kinda imagine Loveclub as an ever-evolving sound. A sound based on what I am into at the time, but still rooted in common past influences. I feel taste is a consistent progression so every year or two my sonic preferences tend to morph.
Not hooked yet? The singer also has a viral tik tok account where he showcases his incredible smoothie techniques! Stream Loveclub’s latest single, “Breakdown” and his debut EP on all streaming platforms. Additionally, make sure to follow Beyond The Stage on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the latest music news.
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