Picture this. A fashion-forward and confident pop maverick 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.
The Los Angeles-born half-Filipino vocalist-instrumentalist goes rogue, adding a new dimension of possibility to not only his sonic weapon of choice, but popular music as well.
“I want to give an edge to the trumpet like no one ever has,” he exclaims. “I’m not a trumpeter that writes songs though; I’m an artist who also plays the trumpet. When I write I ultimately aim to create a vibe, and a groove that I want to rock out and 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. Now, I hope to bring something sexier and edgier to both pop and the trumpet”
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 2.5 million Spotify streams, it soundtracked a “Fall Style” campaign for Target and featured prominently 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 an Herbal Essences commercial and a spot for the NFL Pro Bowl as well as the NFL Honors—for which Spencer has served as Musical Director two years in a row. Along the way, he earned praise from People, US Mag, HuffPo, Billboard, Just Jared, Forbes, Chicago Tribune and more.
Additionally, peers such as Chance the Rapper, Maroon 5, and Camila Cabello have shown support on social media. As a powerhouse performer, he made his late-night debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers and he turned audiences around the world into believers at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, LA Pride, Mexico’s Corona Capital and on tour supporting Bebe Rexha in the U.S. and Europe. These marked his first solo performances after cutting his teeth as the trumpeter in the multiplatinum band Capital Cities.
“The biggest lessons I’ve learned is that it’s okay to be myself and to let people in. I’m calling this ‘My sophomore year.’ I’m putting everything I’ve learned into the next phase.”
“I’ve had a long journey to get to this moment,” he admits. “Just a few years ago, I thought I would be an instrumentalist and I thought I would be playing other people’s music forever. After touring and releasing my own original music, I realized what I was really meant to do. Over the last year I’ve been doing a lot of digging and discovering as to who I am and what my sound is. This new music represents a deeper understanding of who I am, what I want to say, and how I want to be perceived. It’s stripped-down and vulnerable both musically and lyrically. It’s more me than anything else I’ve ever written.
The new and improved Spencer shines through his 2018 independent debut single “Just Wanna Dance.” Ignited by a hummable trumpet hook and finger-snaps, the track builds towards a funky falsetto refrain, “I just wanna dance. Don’t wanna think about nothing. Just put on something that’s bumpin’ and dance.”
“When I wrote that song, I was feeling very overwhelmed by the pressures of social media, what it all means and what needs to be done in order to fit in,” he goes on. “Honestly, I don’t want to have to worry about any of that. The song exposes the truth and says, ‘All I want to do is dance and have a good time.’
“My Trumpet” [feat. MC Davo] sees him continue to push into new territory, embracing a Latin swagger to follow up his recent collaboration “Por Pura Curiosidad” with five time Latin Grammy winner Fonseca. A simmering R&B beat gives way to another seductive hook punctuated by a cameo from Mexico’s MC Davo.
2018 is already primed to pop off for the artist. YouTube chose him as one of ten acts for its prestigious “Artists In Residence” program. He kicked off the year opening for the Chain Smokers and Jason Derulo and beyond performances at Bonnaroo and Milwaukee Pride, he’ll debut his “one-man show” on tour with Betty Who.
With everything he does, he strives to continue to redefine what’s possible for himself and independent pop artists alike.
“When people hear the new music, I hope it inspires them to want to see it live. It looks and feels very different in real life than anybody ever imagines it.”