LUI HILL - Filter Music Group
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LUI HILL’s come a long way – in many ways – from the small city in which he grew up. He can – at least in part – thank his father for this, though not for the reasons that many musicians thank their parents. HILL’s father, after all, didn’t play him records, nor teach him guitar, nor take him to his first concerts, though he did help build the rehearsal room that allowed his son, from a young age, to practise playing music every day. But no: the key reason for HILL’s gratitude to his father is the time they spent through his teenage years exploring the globe together. “He taught me how necessary travel is,” HILL elaborates. “It helps you understand how beautiful and varied this world is, and its occupants and cultures. It helps you stay flexible and open-minded, and to get a different, more focused view about what we have and what we lack.” Such an outlook won’t come as a surprise to anyone listening to HILL’s debut: ideas of movement and distance are red threads running throughout. Even its title, 5000 MILES, betrays this. In fact, journeys of multiple kinds lie at its very heart.   A vital one, naturally, is the one upon which he takes his listeners. Fortunately, 5000 MILES – like the forthcoming album – features richly textured, immaculately conceived electronic soul that displays a rare accomplishment and mature depth. At once raw and polished, it reflects Hill’s own experiences, encapsulating his exploratory instincts and subtly, even subconsciously, exploiting his influences, from Stevie Wonder to Frank Ocean, from Steve Reich to Sohn, from George Clinton to Childish Gambino. It also boasts such sincerity that one hesitates to refer to its creator as a producer. The word is suggestive of mechanical fabrication, while HILL’s voice – simultaneously husky and smooth, boasting a singular strength in its upper reaches - exudes pain, pleasure, suffering and relief. Most evident of all, though, is wisdom, learned from being forced to confront these emotions.   HILL’s musical journey began at a youthful age, encouraged by his mother, who played violin, piano and accordion, and was never shy of sharing her enthusiasms, whether for The Beatles or Bach. By the age of 12, he was fronting a punk band, and a brother who was eight years older helped expand his horizons, exposing HILL to funk, blues and jazz. His brother also helped supply the most treasured cultural experience of HILL’s childhood: the night they went to see the original ‘Gangster Of Love’, Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson, and HILL, who was just 14, was invited to sing with his hero. A couple of years later, however, he picked up drumsticks for the first time. Though music still competed with both his painting and love for skateboarding – even now, that’s his preferred mode of transport when exploring new cities – drums became the focus of his music university studies. To this day, they remain an important part of the LUI HILL musical experience: at concerts, he still plays while he sings.   As he developed his skills with other instruments, HILL began to write. It is, however, perhaps unsurprising, given his habits, that his debut album only began to take shape while he was travelling. He’d headed to South Africa after being caught in the grip of a lengthy period of misfortune, helpless as a long-term relationship fell apart, and still crippled by disappointment after a record deal had swiftly turned sour, the initial shock of which had left him temporarily, but quite literally, deaf. Furthermore, his father – the one to whom he owed so much of his perspective on life, a strong character always at the heart of the family – had passed away, almost inexplicably, not long before. All it had taken was a wasp sting.   “My first wish was to clear the table of difficulties with a plane-ticket, and head for new surroundings,” HILL admits. “When you do that, you escape your toxic environment, and this helps you start to breathe again.” Nonetheless, the poignant nature of 5000 MILES derives from the fact that HILL isn’t, by nature, so naïve as to believe you can leave your difficulties behind. “Problems follow you, no matter what random and remote places you’re walking around,” he continues. “I don’t agree that people who travel are running away from themselves. I think it helps you to get to know yourself better. Create distance, and you get closer to the core of things.”   In a pleasing twist of fate, South Africa played a role in not only enabling or inspiring 5000 MILES, but also in bringing about its release. It was while HILL was in Cape Town that he first met Tobias Herder of Filter Music Group, who’d flown there to sign another act. Herder, who discovered Milky Chance, returned instead with HILL’s signature, and the singer is now ready to share his world with the release of his debut single, accompanied by a striking video which presents another side to his universe, one equally singular and similarly compelling. Shot in Los Angeles – “a place that lets your dreams blossom,” HILL says, “but easily destroys them too” – these dreamlike sequences tell a story of their own, but though their setting couldn’t be much further from the physical environment in which the song was conceived, their eerie atmosphere suits the track perfectly. “I love the mood,” HILL smiles. “No daylight, no beach, no desert…” So now, finally, you can explore HILL’s world by joining him for 5000 MILES. Just as he once did with his father, you’ll learn a lot along the way.



Artist of the month: LUI HILL

LUI HILL’s come a long way – in many ways – from the small city in which he grew up. He can – at least in part – thank his father for this, though not for the reasons that many musicians thank their parents. HILL’s father, after all, didn’t play him records, nor teach him… Read More »


Video of the month: LUI HILL – Heart-Shaped Box

“Heart-Shaped Box” by LUI HILL is our video of the month. Reminiscent nearly of a 90’s Calvin Klein ad, the video takes you through a collage of moments between LUI and a female character- adding a sense of sensual desperation to the covered Nirvana song, “Heart Shaped Box.” Between an orchid on fire, to LUI… Read More »


New release: LUI HILL covers youth heroes

Filter Records: LUI HILL starts into the new year with his very own version of an iconic 90’s track from childhood hero, ‘Nirvana.’ LUI’s “Heart Shaped Box” strikes the perfect balance between conveying the classic nostalgic elements of the original, and incorporating his own distinct style of moody but clear style of production. The track… Read More »


New release: LUI HILL collaborates with Andrew Applepie

Filter Records: LUI HILL surprises us yet again, this time by teaming up with Andrew Applepie for their newest Track ‘Solitary Ways’. „This song is about the cosy feeling of being all by yourself. Out of sheer lack of alternatives you more and more fall in love with that feeling, your solitude becomes your ally,… Read More »


Interview of the month: Sultans Court meet LUI HILL

What happens, when musicians have to interview each other? Well, they talk about song writing, their experiences with fans and whether albums or playlists are better. Sultans Court had the opportunity to interview LUI HILL and ask him those questions. Let’s go: How do you start? How do you come up with something new? Do… Read More »


New release: Big news from Winterkind

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On Tour: LUI HILL leaves for AUTUMN – CLUB – TOUR 2019

Only 10 more days until LUI HILL will embark on his Autumn Club Tour! Tickets are on sale now and available here: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 17.10. | 806qm – Darmstadt⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 18.10. | clubCANN – Stuttgart ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 19.10. | Cord Club – Munich⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 20.10. | Degginger – Regensburg⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 21.10. | Blue Shell – Cologne ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 24.10. | Kantine am Berghain – Berlin ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 25.10. | Hebebühne – Hamburg ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Press… Read More »


Tour of the month: LUI HILL

In this section “tour of the month” we introduce you to the upcoming tours of our artists. LUI HILL starts off with his self-titled debut album which was re-released as a deluxe edition last week.   Get your tickets here:   AUTUMN CLUB TOUR – 2019   17.10. Darmstadt – 806qm18.10. Stuttgart – Club… Read More »


New release: LUI HILL new single & album bundle are out now!

1.3 million plays on spotify later, LUI HILL‘s classic ‘Revolver’ is returning in a whole new look. JATA’s remixed version of the single takes us back to the early 2000s, with a J Dilla, gritty, monotonous, jazz-inspired vibe. The heavy hypnotic beat is the foundation and at the same time, a contrast to the rest… Read More »

Old Tourdates

26-10-2019DE - ErfurtFranz Mehlhose
25-10-2019DE - HamburgHebe Buhne
24-10-2019DE - BerlinBerghain Kantine
21-10-2019DE - CologneBlue Shell
20-10-2019DE - RegensburgDegginger
19-10-2019DE - MunichCord Club
18-10-2019DE - StuttgartClub CANN
17-10-2019DE - Darmstadt806qm
31-08-2019DE - HombergMusikschutzgebiet
23-08-2019CH - Hausen am AlbisRampe Open Air
10-08-2019ES - AsturiasEnter the Wave
09-08-2019ES - AsturiasEnter the Wave
03-08-2019DE - OdenwaldSound of the Forest
07-07-2019DE - StuttgartMarienplatzfest
28-06-2019DE - BerlinBe Different Rooftop Show
26-06-2019DE - BerlinFlux FM Bergfunk
22-06-2019DE - WürzburgUmsonst & Draussen
15-06-2019DE - ErfurtKrämerbrückenfest
10-06-2019FR - SeignosseADH Open Surf Contest
01-06-2019DE - MagdeburgWohnzimmerkonzerte Open Air