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LOVKN-Interview 1- Music Feeds the Soul

Editor’s note: Through a combination of Instagram and Spotify, I stumbled across a new sound. This one I’d describe as Christian Indie.  LOVKN caught my ear, captured my heart for worship, and saw God permeate my soul.  This is Interview-Part 1 of a trilogy with Steven Lufkin, known as LOVKN.

Where it all began

MW: Tell us your story of how you first got into music. 

LOVKN:

I first got into music when I was 11 years old. My parents signed me up to attend a performing arts school in Phoenix. Music was not on my mind up until that point but once I started school, I had to take piano and saxophone classes everyday. 

MW: Tell us about your music repertoire.  What array of musical instruments do you play?  

LOVKN: My first instrument was the piano. I still play it and love it. A few years after starting the piano, I picked up the guitar. I got heavy into the electric guitar through high school. Acoustic guitar came after. I also picked up the mandolin, bass, ukulele, pretty much most stringed instruments. I have a harmonica I like to play around with too ;). 

MW: What kind of setback, if any, did you face in your music journey?

LOVKN: The biggest setback was a lack of clear vision for what I wanted to do within music. I knew I wanted to write songs, perform them live, connect with people, but I also felt dissatisfied with the thought of being a “rockstar”. That wasn’t a career that felt appealing to me, nor like something that fit my personality. I wanted to help people, do ministry and point people to the hope of Jesus through my music. I didn’t fully realize that desire until my personal relationship with Jesus began to blossom later on in high school. In His timing, God provided me with a more clear vision for that path I was to take in music, along with practical steps. I had to trust Him and experience life and learn a few things along the way. 

MW: Why do you make music that reflects the heart of God?  Why not other music genres?

LOVKN: This is a thought I had early on in my journey as LOVKN, long before I had any music on Spotify or iTunes: If I can write and release one song that has the ability to bring one struggling person back into a place of hope and peace, realigning their perspective and pointing them to Jesus, it’s then worth it for me to release all of my music. Music is one of the most powerful forms of communication. Matthew 5:16 is a favorite of mine, it reads, “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”. I full heartedly believe that if you’ve been given a gift to share, share it with others! Let that gift (given by the Giver Himself) point people to Jesus. 

MW: Is there a connection between your music and your calling by God?

LOVKN: I believe that my music is a massive piece of my calling from God. It’s an assignment that I must walk in obedience to. But life is multifaceted. As a favorite book of mine by Zach Neese “How to Worship a King” puts it, I don’t identify as what I do, rather who I am. First and foremost I am not a musician, rather a son and a worshiper. I am a priest (1 Peter 2:9, Exodus 19:6) and it’s my duty to be a conduit for Jesus-encounters everywhere I go and in everything I do. 

MW: Most of your work is solo. Have you teamed with other musicians or a band?

LOVKN: Early on I was playing a good bit with some friends here in Phoenix. Forming a band that would play worship nights at houses and such. I’ve primarily been a solo artist because, to be honest it’s made things easier and less complicated. 

MW: We’ve all heard of writer’s block. Is there such a thing as a musician’s block?  If so, have you had one, and what do you do to get out of it?

LOVKN: Of course there is! I know for a fact because I’m in one right now! Haha. There are seasons for pouring out and seasons for taking in. I don’t try to force it too much when I know I’m in a season of input. It’s important for me, during this time, to take in life, relationships, experiences and learn about life and God. The music and songs I’ve written in my life are gifts from God. Sure, I’ve had to be faithful to sit down and write them out when inspiration sparks. It’s important not to get down on yourself when things aren’t easily flowing. I have to remind myself that my identity isn’t found in how many songs I write or if I even write a song at all. They’ll come again.

MW: Where do you see your music career in ten years?

LOVKN: I hope that in 10 years I will have played a huge role in inspiring a new generation of worshippers to arise around the globe. I’m more interested in being a support and encouragement to other worshipers in this indie-Christian Jesus-music movement. I hope to have more albums out, for sure. If my number of listeners grows, fantastic! If it doesn’t, cool! I’m going to continue walking in faithfulness to my call and following my undying passion for creating music regardless. 

MW: Where do you get your inspiration to write and sing music?

LOVKN: I get it from encountering Jesus in times of worship and reading the Bible. I get it from living and experiencing life and all the emotions that come with it. I get it from listening to people and hearing their stories. I get it from a desire to help and show others the hope of Jesus when I hear of people hurting and in pain. 

MW: Your number 1 song on Spotify is New Life. Tell us the story behind that song.

LOVKN: I was 24 and half-way through my first tour ever. I was in Boston and had driven my little white 1998 Toyota mini-van 3,000 miles across the country from Phoenix. One lazy afternoon, while sitting in an upstairs apartment where I was staying, I started writing New Life. I wrote 90% of it right there that afternoon. There wasn’t much more to it. Inspiration struck and I had a choice to follow or turn and walk the other way. I’m glad I didn’t walk. 

MW: Warriors are young men much like you. What advice would you give to a young warrior wanting to go into music?  

LOVKN: Do it for the right reasons! As in, don’t do it to be noticed or get women or to somehow look cool. Check your heart. Don’t get discouraged. There’s more discipline to walking this road than you’d imagine. Discipline yourself to practice your craft. If you really believe it’s something God has called you to, your passion will keep you going a long way. Don’t look to the left or right. Stay in your lane and know that God wants to release a beautiful and unique expression through you. It looks different from your neighbor. Don’t forget to celebrate your neighbor and their differences. You don’t need the music industry to do this. You can do it as an independent but don’t forget to ask for help. Don’t worry about or become consumed with how many people are watching/listening/following. It doesn’t matter. It truly is about the One. God will inevitably be the one who determines your audience and how far out your music reaches. Also, read Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” All is for His glory and every moment is an opportunity to bear witness to Him. 

Warrior On!

Steven Lufkin
Musician at LOVKN | Website

LOVKN is a Christian-artist and producer based in Phoenix, AZ. His musical journey began as a young 11-year-old learning piano at school. In late 2017 he took a step of faith by uploading his songs online to Soundcloud and eventually Spotify. In 2018, after getting some traction from a YouTube feature with the Good Christian Music Blog (now Amen Worldwide), LOVKN went on to share his music with communities around the US. The following year brought with it opportunities for him to travel and share his songs around the globe. Now at 27, Lovkn has released 3 albums and multiple EPs as well as organized and played in multiple tours including the One Big Family tour in 2019. His One Big Family ministry, established in 2019, helps to serve and bring unity to a growing community of Christian indie-artists around the globe. You can reach LOVKN at https://lovknmusic.com/home

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