Mercury Music: Your Friday playlist with... Luke Potter
PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:44 19 August 2017
Weston-super-Mare musician Luke Potter recently celebrated releasing his debut single. As part of the Mercury’s regular music feature, he agreed to share his top 10 songs, including the ones which have influenced his career. Think of it as Desert Island Discs, only being stuck on Steep Holm island. Here are some of Luke’s favourites...
Goo Goo Dolls – Iris
Simply, this is the track that made me want to write songs. It got me started.
Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling
Max Martin is just an amazing songwriter and he’s written so many songs I’ve loved. He’s an inspiration and like a one-man music industry. And Justin Timberlake is an amazing artist. I saw him live in Orlando when we shared the same management and also sat in a room with him and watched basketball on TV. I was too shy to talk!
Bleu – Go
Bleu is a songwriter/artist/producer based out in LA. My dad’s a big fan of his music and he’s definitely one of my music heroes. It was a big thrill when he agreed to work with me and he produced my solo album, So Sugar. He’s now a friend which is a bit strange to say – and when he came and stayed with us in Weston a year or so back he played a gig in our back garden with me supporting him. If you’ve never heard Bleu you should check out this song and then all his music.
Damien Rice – Cannonball
Just such a great song with great words and melody.
Jimmy Eat World – Hear You Me
I’m a real pop-punk music fan and Jimmy Eat World are one of the best bands around. This is from Bleed American, which is a truly great album.
Parachute – Forever And Always
Love this band and was lucky enough to see them last year. This song was always playing in the car when we were driving around California when I was recording with Bleu. Just great pop music.
Bring Me The Horizon – Drown
One of my fave new bands I just connect to their lyrics and music.
Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
This is an iconic song from one of the best bands ever. Ken Caillat, who I was so lucky to work with early on, produced it and their blockbuster album Rumours. We recorded two songs together and it was a real buzz and one for my scrapbook.
You Me At Six – Stay With Me
Another more recent band, I love pretty much everything they’ve recorded.
Maroon 5 – Sugar
I did a cover for this song on YouTube a few years back and loved coming up with my own version. I’ve never got tired of it and I play it live too. Maroon 5 have produced some great pop music over the years. Gotta love them.
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