Steve Lukather’s Son Trev Shares Steve Perry’s Trick To Attract Girls In The Audience

In a recent interview with BraveWords correspondent Greg Prato, Steve Lukather’s son Trev revealed some advice he received from former Journey frontman Steve Perry on how to captivate the audience during performances.

When asked about his influences, Trev discussed the influential role Perry has played in his musical career since he was 20, explaining:

“Steve Perry has been a mentor to me since I was 20. We still talk all the time, and he gives me solid advice. He said to me when I was trying to shred at 21, ‘Stop! What do you want in the front row? Guys or girls?’ I laughed and replied, ‘Girls, of course.’ He said, ‘Stop doing that and play the front row licks. Singing with your guitar is everything.’ Hence, why Neal Schon was a huge influence growing up listening to those Journey records.”

Insights From Working With Steve Perry

Discussing his experience of working with the Journey singer, Lukather added:

“After working with Perry on my last band, Levara’s debut album, I knew Steve had a lot to do with those legendary Neal Schon melodic solos, but you also can’t deny the feel behind Neal’s performance, feel, and tone. Now, my father-in-law [Jonathan Cain] has been so supportive with the help of pushing this band forward, and one of the best songwriters ever, so I’m very lucky to have had great relationships with a lot of the artists that have influenced me through the years. Haven’t met Peter Gabriel, Mutt, or Trevor, but that would be an honor.”

The Formation Of The Effect

Trev and Phil Collins’ son, Nic Collins, have combined their talents to form a new band, The Effect, which also includes Toto’s Steve Maggiora on keyboards and newcomer Emmett Stang on vocals. The band has released two songs, ‘Unwanted’ and ‘Something Wrong,’ and is looking forward to releasing a full-length album soon.

Trev’s decision to start The Effect was driven by his desire to create something new and meaningful, overcoming past hesitations and building a band of ‘brothers’ with a shared creative vision, as he disclosed in the same interview:

“Last May is when I pulled the trigger to start what would become The Effect. It was an idea I was personally fighting to follow through with because of my last band experience. But then I kept thinking, ‘If I thought every relationship was the same like how it was with an ex, then I wouldn’t be happily married right now.’ Nic, Em, and Steve are gems as people, not to mention how incredible they are at what they do. So, it turned into a song experiment which became ‘Unwanted.’ That proved to us that the creative energy was in full swing as well as personal connections as brothers.”

Trev’s previous band, Levara, benefited from Perry’s vocal contributions, particularly on the single ‘Chameleon.’ Perry’s powerful vocals complemented the music and contributed to the song’s emotional resonance. Trev’s departure from Levara in 2021 marked the end of one chapter and the beginning of another with The Effect.