In our latest band interview, we chat to Luke Gruntz of alternative rock world-beaters, Cleopatrick about their new music, and what is currently motivating ’em.
How are you guys today?
How do you look back at the success of ‘Hometown’ now?
I feel so grateful looking back. We had a lot of really awesome people that helped us navigate that crazy time, and I can’t imagine where we would be without them.
What does success mean to you guys now?
I’m not sure. I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved so far / the memories we’ve made with our friends. I think I feel as successful as I need to at this moment.
What have you learned about yourselves, since the start of your time as a band, until now?
Woah! We’ve learned so much. I’m not even sure how to answer this question! We’ve grown a lot as songwriters and musicians, and I think maybe my greatest new found strength is being able to take in a special moment when it’s happening. When it comes to the arts, and music especially, I think it’s easy to get caught up pushing forward towards your ambitions and goals. But through our few short years of being a touring band, plus the insanity of this last year in lockdown, I’d say I’ve developed a sense for when something special is unfolding around me. All my best memories come from those moments I truly took in.
Talk us through the development of ‘Family Van’ the video game?
That was an awesome process. Essentially Ian and I wrote out all our crazy ideas for what we hoped this game could be, and then our team worked to put together what everyone is playing today. I made a lot of the audio for the game, which was difficult in the best way possible. Overall it was a fantastic experience and something I don’t think either of us ever imagined we would get to do.
What advice would you give to emerging bands and artists who take inspiration from what you do?
Take time to be proud of yourself. The music industry is a very complex and occasionally will-crushing beast to try and tackle. The truth is, if you’re making art and you like it — that is inherently something to celebrate. and while it IS important to have goals and aspirations and to be critical: don’t let that get in the way of you having fun.
What message have you got for fans that have supported you?
Thank you so much. We can’t wait for you to hear our new album – it was made for you and only you.