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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Rathborne

Luke Rathborne, interview, Bandcamp

Luke Rathborne grew up in a small town in Maine and learned to play guitar at the age of 12, when a stranger passing through town left the instrument at his house. By 16, he had released his first album, After Dark.

At 18, Rathborne relocated to New York and spent time performing live and releasing various EPs. Now 23, the musician released SOFT, which can be streamed and purchased on Bandcamp.

“The feeling of the record is incredible energy,” says Rathborne. “Youthfulness, lust – the feeling of breaking out of yourself, unchaining yourself, forcing yourself to be free.”

Stream the guitar-heavy tracks and read The Spec‘s interview with Rathborne, below…

How long have you been making music?
I’ve been making music since I was 12 years old.

Who/what are your influences?
My influences are varied but began with punk music as a teen.

What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
I like them all, some more than others depending on the day, mood.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
I have a few LPs in the works for this year. Exciting to write music always.

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
I would like to be a boxer or a gambler.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
Probably rappers these days.

Why do you make music?
I find it to be incredibly relaxing making music. Bill Murray said if you can be relaxed and do something you love, what better?

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