The story of Esmay and Max Luck, otherwise known as the acoustic brother/sister duo THE LUCK, is a tale rich in musical history. Although they currently stay between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the roots of this duo are actually based in their tea-drinking hometown of London, England.
Born and raised in West London, Max and Esmay both grew up surrounded by music. Esmay first started singing in Chamber Choir when she was ten years old, later dedicating herself to study the harp and cello to play in orchestras. Max, found he really rather enjoyed playing the piano, and picked up the guitar and bass to play in rock and jazz bands during his teens. The brother and sister started on very separate musical paths, but it wasn’t until the Spring of 2011 when they discovered the powerful blend of their voices whilst writing a song together. It was the first time they had ever tried collaborating and it was only after this creation, that they decided to form a duo together and become THE LUCK.
A couple of years later, after having performing hundreds of shows around the UK and Europe, the duo left the perpetually rainy streets of London, taking their bags and acoustic/folk vibes to the sun-soaked shores of the Golden State in July 2014. They were drawn to California for its songwriting heritage; it was, and indeed still is today, a major influence on their music. They wanted to spend time in the places where so many of their idols, such as Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills Nash & Young and Jim Morrison had written, recorded and performed. Finding themselves captivated by the legendary Hollywood Hills and Laurel Canyon, THE LUCK started playing gigs at venues such as The Troubadour, the Viper Room, The Satellite and a number of high-profile showcases. They also spent time writing songs in the very same areas as their musical heroes had spent their seminal songwriting years.
Since arriving in America July 2014, the group have toured the West Coast, playing shows throughout California, including a spate of street performances at the infamous Pier 39 in San Francisco and Seaport Village, San Diego. They found it was these performances that really paved the way for the next chapter of their journey.
Max and Esmay (or Eme, as she is sometimes called) wanted to try and capture the energy and sound of their street performances, what defines THE LUCK. So, they recorded a set of intimate live videos with grammy-award winning engineer David Bianco at Dave’s Room studios in Hollywood, originally opened in 1970 as ‘Mama Jo’s’. They plan to release these sessions over the next few months on YouTube, eventually putting out a vinyl and digital EP of the recordings, ‘Live at Dave’s Room’
“Sting,” the first studio clip, represents an important chapter in the history of the group, as it was written in London but completed in San Francisco. It is a song that represents both the past and the present; the current history of the band that is being written as we speak. They are currently preparing to record their first studio album later in the year.