Spencer Ludwig is a fashion-forward and confident pop maverick who rocks the stage with seismic vocal range, contagiously sexy dance moves and wonderful, wild, and wailing solos—on the trumpet. That’s the Spencer Ludwig experience.
Since being the original trumpet player in the multi platinum band Capital Cities from 2012 - 2015 the Los Angeles-born half-Filipino vocalist-instrumentalist has gone rogue, adding a new dimension of possibility to not only his sonic weapon of choice, but to pop music as well. “I want people to be able to appreciate the trumpet as the sexy rock n’ roll instrument that it is,” he exclaims. “When I write I ultimately aim to create a vibe that I want to improvise over. I love how physically and emotionally demanding the instrument is. When I play the trumpet it’s as if nothing else matters in that moment, which is the moment I look forward to most when I’m performing. There’s never really been a real rock n’ roll icon for the trumpet and it’s my mission to be that for the world.”
That’s exactly what Spencer has been doing since emerging in 2016. His first solo single “Diggy” exploded right out of the gate. Racking up over 2.8 million Spotify streams as it soundtracked the 2016 Fall campaign for Target and was featured in the blockbuster Happy Death Day, the Netflix original movie Step Sisters, the popular video game Just Dance 18, and promos for The Chicago Bulls, the American Music Awards and ABC’s Live With Kelly. The follow-up “Got Me Like” graced the soundtrack of Madden 18 in addition to popping up in a global campaign for Herbal Essences and in a spot for the NFL Pro Bowl as well as the NFL Honors—for which Spencer has served as Musical Director three years in a row. Along the way, he earned praise from People, US Mag, HuffPost, Billboard, Just Jared, Forbes, Chicago Tribune and peers such as Chance the Rapper, Maroon 5, and Camila Cabello have shown support on social media.
2018 popped off for the artist. His independent debut single “Just Wanna Dance" debuted at #47 on the Spotify US Viral Chart and it was also featured in an Apple ad. YouTube chose him as one of ten acts for its prestigious “Artists In Residence” program and Apple featured him in their Key Note presentation and also chose him as one of two musician influencers to help announce the new MacBook Pro and Wells Fargo chose him as their “Artist On The Rise”. He also kicked off the year opening for the Chain Smokers and Jason Derulo and blew people away at Bonnaroo, Milwaukee Pride, Buffalo Pride and on tour debuting his “one man show” with Betty Who.
He has turned audiences around the world into believers since his performance on Late Night With Seth Meyers and also at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, LA Pride, Milwaukee Pride, Buffalo Pride, Mexico’s Corona Capital and on tour supporting Fonseca, Betty Who and BeBe Rexha in the US and in Europe. “I’ve had a long journey to get to where I am today,” he admits. “Just a few years ago, I thought I would have to be an instrumentalist playing other people’s music forever. After releasing and touring my original music, I realized what I was really meant to do. Over the last year I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching and a lot of songwriting. The new music represents a deeper understanding of who I am and what I have to say. It’s more raw than anything else I’ve ever written.
2019 is starting off huge for the artist as his first release of the year “Best Life" can be heard soundtracking the new global campaign for Royal Caribbean and he is prominently featured modeling in the 2019 Spring and Summer global Tommy Hilfiger campaigns. He also landed a residency on the last Friday of every month in his home town of Brooklyn, NY at the Freehold where he will debut new songs and curate a fully immersive Spencer Ludwig experience. With everything he does, he strives to continue to redefine what’s possible for himself and independent pop artists alike.