Call Redialed: NEW Jesse Luttrell Interview: "Live Until I Die" Video, London + Puerto Vallarta
After watching Jesse Luttrell’s video “Live Until I Die,” I’m thrilled to get the chance to catch up with him to discuss the creation of this music video as well as other upcoming projects he has going on, which includes a Fall Tour to London and Mexico!
1. It's so great to catch up with you since we spoke at the beginning of the year. What has happened in these past six months that you are most excited about? Its been an exciting couple of months for sure! I toured with my solo act and got to sing for very diverse audiences. This summer I took some time off to work on my show and plot my next big project which turned out to be a fantastic music video with Milliron Studios. I'm also extremely excited to be making my international debut touring this fall in both London and Mexico!
2. You just released a music video for your song "Live Until I Die," which is off of your 2014 debut album. What made now, four years later, the right time to make a music video for this song? Well I had been flirting with the idea of eventually doing a video for years since releasing the album, but the real catalyst was that I was somewhat frustrated that a lot of people hadn't seen what I do (to its full effect) not only in New York but abroad - and while negotiating international tour dates, Fred Barton (my music director) and I finally said LETS DO IT NOW! It turned out to be absolutely perfect timing.
3. I love how the video goes from what seems like present day in black and white to 30s/40s feel when the video changes to color. How did you come up with the video's concept? I wholeheartedly believe the entertainment industry is on the brink of a huge awakening. For the past century the industry has been about catching up to/trying to be ahead of trends in music, fashion, and art - and while this need will always exist, our sense of "time period" has changed from something linear to something more scattered and robust. Fashion, Art, Music, and Theatre all pull inspiration from different eras - (thanks to the internet and youtube), which provide us with an endless archive we didn't have before.
I wanted the music video to have that non-linear "era-fluid" feel to it because I'm a young(ish) guy in 2018 singing a song that was written before I was born, with lyrics that are relatable to now, in a vibrant modern city with a nightlife that is a constantly evolving casserole of drag, cabaret, music, and performance art.
4. In the song "Live Until I Die," you sing "I'm gonna take this town and turn it upside down." How would you turn NYC upside down? If I had the chance to turn NYC upside down I'd take all the money and real estate away from the corporate wealth-hoarders and reinvest it all in our nightlife. New York's nightlife is the token to our economic future as a city and as a community. You can order your groceries online, you can do your banking online, you can pay your bills online - You can't go out and rub elbows with terrific cultured people, while taking in an evening of cabaret/drag/theatre/music, if you're sitting at home staring at a screen. Why are other cities in America capitalizing on revitalizing nightlife while NYC has FOR LEASE signs popping up on every other storefront in prime nightlife locations? We need to make it easier for bars, theatres, cabaret venues, and even restaurants (preferably with live entertainment) to succeed in this hostile real estate market.
5. Since the title of the song is "Live Until I Die," what do you still want to accomplish that you haven't? I would love to play the title character in BARNUM, pay all my bills on time, and walk into a piano bar without hearing any Disney tunes......OK fine: I'll allow HUNCHBACK and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
6. What's the next step for you with this video? What are your hopes for it? Well the video is out there in the ether and it's doing very well on social media. I'm just hoping it reaches the people who are hungry for my style of showbiz. I'm sick of hearing people say "wow no one does this anymore." Plenty of us do, we just have a lot of noise we have to break through for you to be able to hear us.
7. This November you be making your London & Puerto Vallarta debuts. What excites you about these upcoming engagements? I'm totally excited about finally becoming an international (show)man of mystery. My London show is bringing in people I haven't seen in decades and people I've always wanted to meet from England other countries (including Prague, Paris, and Tunisia) who are coming in for the show. We're going to have our own mini-UN at Crazy Coqs!
As for going south of the border, I've had tons of friends perform and vacation in Puerto Vallarta and they all tell me it’s the most beautiful place in the world. I'm hoping it goes well so I can go back on a regular basis. You know when you swipe right on someone on Tinder and you get really excited if they "like" you back? I have a feeling I'm going to fall in love with Mexico.
8. What else do you have coming up that you divulge? I'll be heading back to sing a song or two with Fred Barton's spectacular Broadway Band at 54 Below on January 4th, 2019 at 9:30 pm along with some very fabulous surprise Broadway stars.
There are also some fun projects in the works including playing a very famous vampire in a friends music video, a new NYC concert currently in talks, and there a possibility I may be back on stage starring in a musical for the first time in almost 10 years!
But for now - I'm packing my bags for the fall tour! Stewardess! Grey goose martini please...extra dirty.
More on Jesse:
New York’s hottest young entertainer dazzles in a contemporary celebration of Golden Age American entertainment from the spirit of Broadway to the glitz of Las Vegas.
Postmodern showstopper Jesse Luttrell takes audiences on a thrilling tour of time honored popular music, injecting his electric performance style into swing, standards, Broadway and beyond! With a voice as big as his personality, Jesse Luttrell is sure to entertain showbiz aficionados of all ages.
Jesse Luttrell has quickly become one of the most in-demand young concert artists in New York and around the world. He starred in the critically acclaimed musical revue BAWDY, which ran in New York City for an unprecedented six years. Jesse regularly headlines with award winning Broadway stars in American Showstoppers, the acclaimed concert series at New York’s Schimmel Center and on tour. His critically acclaimed debut album is featured on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby, and is being streamed daily to countless fans around the world.
Before pursuing a solo career, Jesse Luttrell began as a ballet dancer and trained on full scholarship with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and The Rock School/Pennsylvania Ballet. He then made the switch to musical theatre, and toured the country starring in a variety of roles including the “Pharaoh” in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, the “Emcee” in Cabaret, “Frank-n-Furter” in The Rocky Horror Show, and multiple roles in Cats, Peter Pan, 42nd Street, Meet Me in St Louis, Oklahoma, Annie Get Your Gun, West Side Story, Evita, and Carousel.