Music Incider interviews Luke Esterkyn from Stroke 9 –
Music Incider Magazine
Luke Esterkyn is a sexy motherfucker. –I love his answer about when I ask him about the band and he says, ” I am Luke, the lead singer.” Why do I love that-come the fuck on?! Who is your daddy Luke? You are so fucking cute your last name might as well be Skywalker. –Here is what he had to say:
MI: What’s your birthday?
Luke: April 22nd.
MI: Describe the music of Stroke 9.
Luke: Stroke 9 is a pop/rock band and it is comprised of 2 guitarists, bass, and drums. Our old music is quirky, lots of tongue in cheek. Our new album we got experimental with our instrumentation, we used loops, and some piano, and some things we haven’t listened to too much.
MI: How did the band get together?
Luke: The band formed in 1989, in high school. We were in a rock band class because we went to a hippy high school. We’ve been Stroke 9 ever since. The name is from a poem called Wasteland.
MI: Who are the members of the band?
Luke: I am Luke, the lead singer. John is on guitar, Jim is on bass, and Eric on drums.
MI: Tell us something about each member of the band.
Luke: Jim has really big balls, Eric is a closet workout freak and sports fanatic, and there is nothing interesting about John. I collect baseball cards.
MI: What’s your favorite track off your new CD?
Luke: I like the track Words To Live By.
MI: What made you decide to become a musician?
Luke: It was always something I did because I enjoyed it. I don’t think I ever planned trying to do it for a living but it turned out the opportunity was there.
MI: Who would you compare yourself too vocally?
Luke: I used to listen to a lot of English bands. In college I listened to G love a lot and I like the way he phrased stuff.
MI: If you weren’t in the band what would you be doing right now?
Luke: I’d probably be teaching or doing something with kids.
MI: What inspires your lyrics?
Luke: I usually come up with something in my head that’s funny. A little word play or some sort of different sounding rhyme that I think is interesting and then I’ll draw from some sort of personal experience to form a song around it.
MI: What makes your band the most important band out there?
Luke: The way we interact with our fans. We’re loose and laid back in front of an audience.
MI: If a movie was made about your life what would the theme song be and who would play you?
Luke: The music would be The Wall and I’d want Henry Rollins to play me.
MI: If you could wave a magic wand and make three things happen for the band right now, what would they be?
Luke: One would be getting on tour and staying busy on the road all the time, another would be getting more involved in being outspoken without being tacky and enough exposure so that we could continue doing this.
MI: What advice would you give to any young band getting into the music industry?
Luke: I would warn anyone to not let anybody else that they’re going to do anything for you. The only people that really care are the band members themselves. Work as hard as you can no matter what level of success you reach.
MI: Who would you most like to open for?
MI: What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen on tour?
Luke: There was a woman sitting on a bowling pin. That was weird. She wasn’t clothed.
MI: If you could be a super hero, who would you be?
Luke: I’d like to be Super Man because I’d like to fly. I also like Green Lantern.
MI: Have you ever inhaled?
MI: What are your thoughts on legalizing drugs?
Luke: If drugs are going to be legal than it has to be done in a way that there isn’t the promotion of drug use. I think it’s important to send the right message to kids. I think alcohol is bad enough.
MI: If you were stuck on a desert island and could bring one CD, one bottle of liquor, one book, and one person, what would they be?
Luke: The liquor would be a really big bottle of Tequila, the CD would be G Love and the Special Sauce – The first album, and the person would be my fiancé.
MI: What do your parents think of your career?
Luke: They like it. They’re really supportive. My dad plays the saxophone and was in bands growing up. They both show up to our shows regularly.
MI: If you could dump a bucket of flesh eating ants on someone, who would they be?
Luke: George Bush.
MI: What is your favorite movie?
Luke: The Big Lebowski.
MI: Where were you when 9-11 happened and how did it affect you?
Luke: I was in my bed and I just flew in from Providence the night before. My manager called and told me to turn the TV on. I was really upset about the whole thing.
MI: If you could design a memorial for the victims of 9-11 what would it be?
Luke: I would build some sort of tribute so that people could go there and remember the victims.
MI: What is your opinion of George W. Bush?
Luke: He’s not fit to be President of this country. I can think of others that are more fit.
MI: Do you believe in psychics?
MI: Have you ever had a paranormal experience?
Luke: Sober, no.
MI: If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
MI: If you were God for a week what would you change?
Luke: I would probably make humans less confrontational. I don’t like seeing people who aren’t living a life that isn’t at least decent.
MI: If you had a million dollars to donate to charity which would it be?
Luke: Probably something to help a mental disability of some kind. Anything that helps someone with a disability…
MI: If you could play anywhere in the world where would you like to play?
Luke: Probably Red rock, Colorado.
MI: What’s your favorite book?
Luke: Dr. Faustus.
MI: What is your favorite quote?
Luke: My whites, my dirty fucking undies.
MI: What message do you have for your fans?
Luke: Keep buying our music. Thank you for your continued support in our life long struggle to perform music.
MI: What’s your band’s website?
Luke: www.Stroke9.com and we have a My Space site. Myspace.com/stroke9.