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Trev Lukather and his soon to be wife Madison Cain

Trev Lukather, son of guitar legend Steve Lukather is an LA-based singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer. Trev has worked with many artists such as Halestorm, Dorothy, Amber Van Day, Leanne Kingwell, and Australian electronic music project What So Not in his capacity as session musician and producer. Trev also formed the rock trio Levara, who released an impressive debut self-titled album in 2021 before the band split soon after.

Bouyed by his new found solo status, Trev set about creating a bunch of new music including a new single ‘You Wish’ which will be shared on December 9 from an album he’ll be releasing in 2023.

A few days before his wedding this weekend, Australian Musician editor Greg Phillips caught up with LA-based singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Trev Lukather for a chat about his new music 

‘You Wish’ features Toto’s Steve Maggiora on keyboards and background vocals, Dorothy’s Jake Hayden on drums, Kristian Attard on bass (Heart, Sugar Ray), and the 504 horns from New Orleans.

Lukather wrote and produced the complete body of work.  Mixed by Will Brierre, Mastered by John Greenham (Billie Eilish), and Co-Engineered by Jake Hays (who also designed the artwork)

Trev tells us that new tracks will be presented every 6-8 weeks in to release.

Trev Lukather shares, “’You Wish’ was the very first song I wrote and produced for the album. It set the overall sound and direction I would run with throughout whole EP/LP. It made sense to my team and I to release it first. The sessions began soon after I’d exited Levara, a band created as my primary creative vehicle at the time. I had a lot of angst, and emotions were in full swing. I call this the self-love angst anthem. We all deal with betrayal, envy, trolling, you name it. It all stems from a bigger issue. It’s a reflection of themselves. You have to love yourself and have the attitude of it’s their problem, not yours when you are attacked. Dig yourself, and know you are worthy and worth it. With that being said, instead of making some sad tune, I went the opposite direction. I wanted a song that made you want to dance but also mosh. I pulled a lot of inspiration from Peter Gabriel’s So album, but with heavy guitars and guitar solos. Incredible keys and background vocals from Steve Maggiora (Toto) who brought what he calls the Steve Choir to every song.  In retrospect, I looked forward to every time he sent vocal stems to the studio. The 504 horns from New Orleans brought the brass. Kristian Attard (Heart, Sugar Ray) delivered the funk bass, and my musical brother Jake Hayden (Dorothy) brought the stick groove.  This is a whole new chapter in my life. Not only am I getting married to the love of my life (Madison Cain) by the time this song is released, but I am releasing the first part of my personal diary over the last year and a half. Cheers to new beginnings.”

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