LOOPER: Johnny Lucas with his unique instrument set-up during his performance in The Lobby on Thursday (13/02)

Friendly and flamboyant singer, songwriter, loop pedalist, and all round magical music man Johnny Lucas kicked off DSU’s first Coffee House Session of 2014 when he visited The Lobby on Thursday, February 13.

Well-rested and ready to go, Demon Media’s top presenters Hannah Gorzelak and Yusef Mustafa got back on the CHS sofa for a romantic Valentines Day-themed show. With romance in the air, roses all around and the prospect of some great music, the Coffee House Sessions were set to return to DSU with a bang.

Johnny Lucas – who has now joined the roster of previous CHS performers such as Mark Hole, Lydia Baylis, and Al Lewis – kicked off the show with an up-tempo rendition of his single ‘It Keeps me Alive’, a track taken from his first album, 2012’s Attention. 

Whilst many of the previous CHS performers have used the sessions as an opportunity to strip back their music to an acoustic outline, Johnny stayed true to his traditional sound and did something a little different – involving the use of a loop pedal.

For those who don’t know what such a device is, a loop pedal is a recording tool that can be used to layer sounds on top of one another, via  a pedal on the floor.

Using only a guitar, a bass guitar, his vocals, and of course the aforementioned loop pedal, Johnny’s performance was very much a ‘one man band’. With intricate layering of vocals over backing vocals, a guitar over a bass guitar, his set-up showed off not only his musical talent, but also gave his music a full, rich sound that really made his set come alive.

He immediately lead into his next song, and slowing the pace with a track entitled ‘Dreaming’ from his newly released You Can Start Anywhere EP. Again, he built the song component by component with his loop pedal, giving  another remarkable and memorable performance.

Beyond the energy and charisma during his performance, the usual Coffee House banter on the sofa brought out his charming and friendly side as he recalled tales of his past. Chat over, he swiftly retook to the mic to perform more of his discography, including the tracks ‘Over my head’ and ‘UFO’.

CHAT: Johnny Lucas with  Demon TV's Yusef Mustafa and Hannah Gorzelak on the CHS sofa

CHAT: Johnny Lucas with Demon TV’s Yusef Mustafa and Hannah Gorzelak on the CHS sofa

In amongst the music, Johnny really got on board with the ‘love’ theme of the session, tried his luck at correctly answering the questions in the Valentines Day quiz. With two questions correct, the singer from Warrington was awarded an appropriate prize; a meal for two. In traditional DSU CHS, Lucas also participated in the aeroplane challenge, and followed up his quiz success by topping the paper plane leader board.

With a goodbye from Hannah and Yusef, Johnny  graced the microphone for a final time. This time, it was to sing us out of the opening CHS in The Lobby with a brilliant rendition of The White Stripes ‘7 Nation Army’ mashed up with Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)’; two covers that only further highlighted his musical talents and creativity as an artist.

He quickly squeezed in a performance of his latest single entitled ‘Lilo’ – a feel good and very catchy tune from his aforementioned EP before packing up his instruments and hitting the road for his next session.

Following the end of his CHS tour, 2014 is set to be a busy year for Johnny who is already working on new material tat he hopes will be released later this year. With such a unique instrumental set-up, he’ll certainly be gracing the radio airwaves across the course of the coming months! Keep your ears pinned back for more Johnny Lucas!

Check out the highlights of his performance below, courtesy of our friends at Demon TV: