Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Tony Lucca
Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:07:53
Tony Lucca competed on Season 2 of The Voice. He was Team Adam Levine in case you didn't watch or your memory is short. While Lucca did not win, he is moving forward as if he had, signed to Levine's label. We invited him to Take Aim with us and he was super fun. Find out what he is doing musically and where he'd like to be a cook, too!
Twitter-size your bio for peeps who did not or do not watch The Voice.
I am 20-year vet of the industry. I've been a diligent indie guy for a long time and am finally getting a crack at a more mainstream approach. I have had my own website domain for 15 years, so I have been on top of it for a while. I'm a songwriter first and foremost, but I come from a big family of performers. Getting on stage and connecting with audiences is where I get most of my pleasure. My aspirations lie in remaining accomplished as a songwriter.
Any non-music skills, hobbies or talents?
I dabbled with art and graphic design over the years. It was an early pursuit as a kid and I considered a career in that. I love cooking, but not the gourmet, fancy stuff. I think I'd make a mean sushi chef or a Waffle House short order cook. I love flipping eggs and keeping the kitchen moving and getting everyone fed in the morning.
You've worked with Adam Levine -- what didn't we see on the show?
I think the thing that drew me to Adam initially that proved to be the case throughout was that what you see is what you get. He is down-to-earth and a straight shooter. When he said he wanted to sign me, it wasn't to stroke my ego. He believed in what I was doing and has people on his team to help me do that. It was very black and white, but exciting all the same. He is a very savvy businessman and has a great team of people in place to help enable that.
Pick one song and share a writing or recording story.
A couple years ago, I made a record called Rendezvous with the Angels and there is a song called "Like Love," that's about going to the hospital with my wife when she was getting ready to deliver. We were in the car, at 6AM in Los Angeles, which was a ghost town. She wanted to hear some music while she was in her contractions. I was looking for something that might be fitting and I found an old Bret Dennen release. The first song hit us like a ton of bricks. The words were beautiful and universal. I had the melody stuck in my head for a long time, so much so that without realizing it, I wrote the opening line of the song and lifted the entire melody from the song for that line. I am totally lifting his melody, but I am singing his praises while doing it, since I mention him in the lyrics. If he or anyone in his camp heard that, they'd be like, "Wait a minute," but they might wink and nod.
Famous last words about The Voice?
I am glad I did it. It was an exciting chapter for me. It was the culmination of my career to that point. It was encouraging to say the least, to make it as far as I did. Like, "Okay, I am not crazy." It put a candle under my ass to turn things up a bit and to make stronger choices and to take into consideration how bold your choices can be and how strong you have to be to outlast everyone else.
And rundown the rest of your 2013 for us.
My single is out -- it's called "Never Gonna Let You Go," [iTunes link] and the EP is out July 16, and it's called With the Whole World Watching [iTunes link, which is a line from the single. It was apropos for this piece. I have tour dates kicking off July 28 [See the dates on Tony's site...]. Then I have dates with Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5.
Will you check out Tony Lucca's EP?