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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.

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New release: LUI HILL releases new single ‘Blame It On Me’

Shortly after releasing ‘I Owe You‘, Neo-Soul musician LUI HILL is back with more. In his latest single he explores the space between disillusionment and hope and echoes the emotional reeling in the ‘in between’. With an upbeat melody, and lyrics that are carried lightly along by a voice that reaches just a bit higher… Read More »

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Lui Hill releases new single ‘I Owe You’

Neo-soul musician LUI HILL releases his new single ‘I Owe You’ after a break. Seems like the time off lead to new creativity and an evolved sound as ‘I Owe You’ is a rather danceable and upbeat song. HILL wrote this song to say thank you to his mom and worship her and her love.… Read More »

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Lui Hill announces new Single

There is something going on. Neo-soul musician Lui Hill just announced a new song and posted some mysterious hashtags. Not only #childhoodmemories and #mood but also #iou. Wonder what the last hashtag means? Stay tuned and follow @LuiHill on his socials. I'm happy to announce new music is on its way to you… :)#newsongs2019#newmusicrelease #iou… Read More »

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Lui Hill – live on air and on stage

Seems like this very hot summer is just warm enough for neo-soul musician Lui Hill. Back in Berlin – coming from his summer festival tour – he was invited to talk about his upcoming release ‘I Owe You’ (coming out on July 26th) live on radioeins. Right after the interview Hill played one of his… Read More »

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LUI HILL continues success in South Africa

Seems like South Africa and LUI HILL have a really strong relationship. Not only that the musician wrote his debut in South Africa and calls this country his second home. South Africans really like his music and LUI is getting into the market more and more with every release. His newest South African release ‘Revolver’… Read More »

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LUI HILL veröffentlicht Single “Rusty Strings” mit Khofhi The King

Schicksal, Fügung, Bestimmung – es gibt Situationen, die übersteigen den menschlichen Horizont. Weil der Mensch ist wie er ist, sucht er nach Worten um diese Momente für sich zu erklären. Dass es für manche Begegnungen keine Worte gibt und dass Sprachlosigkeit einer der schönsten und ergreifendsten Zustände sein kann, haben LUI HILL und Khofhi The… Read More »

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LUI HILL releases single “Rusty Strings” featuring Khofhi The King

Fate, coincidence, a larger purpose – there are situations that transcend the human horizon of understanding. Because man is as he is, he seeks words to explain these moments to himself. That there are no words for some encounters and that speechlessness can be one of the most beautiful and moving states is something that… Read More »

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LUI HILL veröffentlicht seine neue Single “Ancient Dust”

‘Ancient Dust’ ist die letzte Single des gleichnamigen Albums von LUI HILL, dessenVeröffentlichung am 10. August ansteht. Das Musikvideo ist das letzte Kapitel einer fünfteiligen Geschichte, in der LUI HILL ein Spin-Off eines klassischen Märchens erzählt. Inspiriert von der originalen Geschichte ‚Die kleine Meerjungfrau‘ folgt dieses denmehrdeutig angespannten Handlungen eines Trios in die dunkelsten Ecken… Read More »

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LUI HILL releases his new single “Ancient Dust”

‘Ancient Dust’ comes as the last of five singles from LUI HILL’s self titled debut album due to release August 10th. The music video also serves as the concluding chapter to a five part series with LUI HILL revealing that the spin- off of a classic fairytale that follows a trio’s ambivalently tense interaction throughout… Read More »

Tourdates

DateCityLocationTickets
31-08-2019DE - HombergMusikschutzgebiet Tickets

Old Tourdates

DateCityLocationTickets
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