Luke van Ster was mostly interested in drawing as a child and watching drawings come to life in cartoons. Now residing in Bellville, Cape Town - Luke, who goes by the stage name Denimadic, aspires to turn his hobbies of art and music into a full-time career. I caught up with this musician-in-the-making to learn a little more about him.
V: Why did you decide to start making music while still in high school?
D: I always wanted to make music since, well kind of grade seven. But I couldn't. From grade eight, I started writing lyrics a lot and from there it just progressed. I wanted to start [making music] in grade ten but I kept procrastinating because I was scared. This year I kind of just decided: let me do it. And I did it and people liked it. I decided to start making music now, in high school, because that's what I want to do with my life.
V: Who are your musical inspirations?
D: My musical inspirations are The Weeknd, XXXTentacion and 2Pac and Frank Ocean. Those are my main musical inspirations. I would [also] say Drake - not too much, just a little.
V: Who are the biggest supporters of your career?
D: My cousin and mainly people in America to be honest. Lots of people support my music in America, more than here [South Africa], which I don't really understand. And I would say my friends, to an extent.
V: What message do you want to portray in your music?
D: I just express myself. There's no set message I want to portray. It's just me describing my feelings or past experiences. That's what my music is about.
V: What inspires you the most to make music?
D: The musicians I look up to, and mainly XXXTentacion. He's a big inspiration. He's the reason I actually decided, "Okay let me just do this. Let me just make the music." He's my main inspiration.
V: Where do you see yourself five years?
D: I'm not really sure. In five years, I'm not really sure how much I can do - if I can do a lot - but I'd also like to start a record label in those five years to get younger talent, talent that isn't being heard of, to get it out there.
V: How does your environment affect your music?
D: My environment doesn't really play a role in my music… at all actually. My inspirations for my music kind of play a role but they also don't. I get inspired from them but everything I do is my own creative direction so nothing will really affect my music other than myself and my experiences and my thoughts.
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