A few days ago, Luminous graced us with ‘Over here’ visuals featuring Joan Nemo Hozee. The artists were definitely enjoying themselves and showing a clowning side of their personalities and some of the things they enjoy doing away from music with Luminous cooking and Nemo playing Video games.
The visuals definitely caught our attention and we had to reach out to the Christian Rapper, Luminous, for an interview.
Let’s find out what the artist had to say about the track and his lifestyle:
- 01. What drew you to the project in the first place? Was marketing a factor, or was it word of mouth, or something else? I had just finished watching Ratatouille the Animated movie and I was working on the Driven album at the time so it kinda just informed my writing
- 02. Did this project grab you on first hearing, or did it need repeated listening before you started enjoying it? Why do you think that is? Was there deliberate attempt at accessibility? Not even, When Ay Kay played me beats I sat with it for a while and then after watching the movie I wrote it and then I called Nemo asked him to jump on it and he said yeah.
- 03. Does the whole project fit into a particular musical genre, or does it borrow from multiple forms? Can you spot key influences? Have these been merely copied or has there been development, updating or reworking? What was most original about the music? Those who know me know that I have an admiration for the Latin Culture and the Islands and so when I heard the beat Ay Kay had fused the Carribean vibe with heavy 808 drum kicks it really influenced my writing on this one and the Italian message at the start and end of the song.
- 04. Were you affected emotionally by the music? Can you identify particular moments when this happened? Did these moments reflect or coincide with intensity in the lyrics? I’m generally a happy soul when I’m not in dark space and this song was just us having fun we didn’t overthink it we just enjoyed making it.
- 05. Does the project stick in your mind because of the lyrics? Oh yeah, penmenship is everything even on a fun project and this one was no exception.
- 06. Is there a consistent lyrical style through the project, or a range? Is it immediately accessible, or does it require reflection? Do you sense that this is deliberate? In the context of the Driven album yes, coz that whole album is a story that is made up of other stories and this song was one of them, the language, the approach was done in a way that fit the bigger picture, #Driven Album
- 07. Were there any key ideas or images which were inventive or which worked particularly well? That’s open for interpretation, but I used a lot of movie references from Django, Ratatouille, Frozen etc and I believed it worked for what I wanted to do.
- 08. Did any lyrics allude to other songs (previous songs made) , ideas or art-forms? Is there any religious themes that get appropriated or subverted? The song is really acknowledging that I was made different ‘One time for my maker, I got too much sauce can y’all catch up (ketchup)’ and celebrating that being okay with who you are.
- 09. Does the project express the point of view of different persona and characters? Or does it seem more autobiographical? Or perhaps observations and reflections on historical or contemporary events and and situations? Definitely a first person look.
- 10. What does the project’s title reveal, if anything, about the project’s impact and themes? Over Here is you being where you are and fully being yourself
- 11. Do you detect any clear purpose in the way the project is structured? Is there a sense of progression or grouping? Or does it seem more like a string of stand-alone tracks? Driven yes a 12 track story and an interlude it is a journey from the intro to the last joint, people would have to listen to get the picture Impact and provocations.
- 12. Are there hints of a consistent, underlying worldview through the project? What does it say about the nature of reality, morality or humanity? Are there ways in which this engages with, endorses or even challenges, a Christian worldview? How should we respond? Hope, Drive, Dreams, Questions, Pain, Love these are reoccurring themes in the Driven album and the song is the fun element to it.
Luminous’ Lifestyle (Interview Part 02)
- 01. If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now? Maybe Soccer lol
- 02. What do you feel is the best song you’ve ever released and why? I can’t choose one haha whichever one people connect with.
- 03. Which musician would you like to collaborate with next ? KBrizzy
- 04. f you can have your fans remember one thing about you, what would it be? I loved God loved people and I did what I wanted in that order.
- 05. If you could be a fruit, which one would you be and why? On a scale of 1-10, how good is your new single compared to your last one? Orange because on the outside tough-nyana but sweet and juicy on the inside haha…I can’t compare the singles they are different.
- 06. If you could date a local musician (Or Celebrity), who would it be and why? No one I can think of right now.
- 07. Do you think you could get any better as a musician?And If so, how would you achieve that?Yeah there’s always room for growth and I just have to practice some more and keep learning
- 08. If you had one message to give your fans, what would it be? Introducing people to my music is a love language lol