Ernesto Lúcar, who is artistically known as Erni Lu, had been playing the guitar since he was 10 years old, and later, when he told his parents that he wanted to be a singer, the reaction was immediate.
“They told me no, that I had to study something to earn a living,” he said.
He studied communications and worked in that field for a decade in his native Peru. But the music was always there, as if lurking.
“Until I couldn’t take it anymore and decided to come to New York to study music technology,” he said. “That was 14 years ago.”
Erni was part of several bands in the Big Apple, one of which played psychedelic rock. He also had participation in the world of cinema; he scored the movies Elliot Loves and Rocanrol 68. Until he decided he wanted to go solo, find his own voice.
Now solo, Erni is a few weeks away from releasing his debut album “Siempre”, which he will play live for the first time at New York’s Lincoln Center on October 19.
For now, he is promoting “Platonic Love”, a song in which Erni wonders if love between two people of different sex can exist as a relationship without any kind of interest beyond sincere friendship.
The music is a mixture of rhythms from the sixties and seventies, like the Bee Gees, disco and other sounds of that time.
“I’ve always had a fascination with the past, with my parents’ music,” he said. “I have a weakness for that nostalgia that I have not experienced.”
For his debut album, Erni invited artists like Renee Goust, Audry Funk, Ramera and his first cousin Nicolás Duarte. His wife participated in the sound, who was able to help him thanks to the fact that during the pandemic she had a lot of free time.
“Music didn’t let me get away,” he said. “Little by little he started arresting me.”
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