Explorer Spotlight: Spencer Ludwig
After a stint as the original trumpet player in the multi platinum band Capital Cities, Spencer Ludwig has successfully bridged the gap to a bold solo career. Bolstered by campaigns for brands like Apple and Tommy Hilfiger, music festival performances and singles racking up Spotify streaming numbers in the millions, Spencer is forging an original path as a trumpet wielding pop icon for the modern generation.
When he isn’t in the studio or touring, you can find him crowd surfing on a golden dragon pool float while throwing pizza to the audience (yes… that happened - photo evidence in the story below) at his monthly party at Freehand in Brooklyn. We caught up with the music maverick to talk about everything from Russian dolls to duck fetus.
Full name (as appears on passport)
Spencer Robert Valencia Ludwig
Miles traveled last year
What is your earliest memory of falling in love with travel?
I fell in love with traveling when I first started touring as the trumpeter in the band Capital Cities in 2012.
Given the choice of anyone in the world, who would you want as a seat neighbor on a plane?
Living? Elon Musk. Diseased? Prince.
Thoughtful planner or spontaneous adventurer?
Beach day every day + Mexican food.
If you could change one thing about your travel habits, what would it be?
I’d like to fly first class everywhere but… you know…
Night before. The strategy is to roll each item into individual burritos.
Carry on or Checked
I wish I could fly with just a carryon but unless I’m going on a short vacation (rare) I have a ton of musical gear and am forced to check hella bags. That said at least I travel in style thanks to my friends at Tumi!
Black jeans, black hoodie, black leather jacket, black boots and long underwear otherwise I freeze!
Always in your carry on
Three little wooden Russian dolls. Each one represents a member of my family.
In flight routine
Water bottle in my seat back pocket, shoes off, eye mask on and ear plugs in.
Best travel accessory
MacBook Pro + Headphones.
Current plane read
“Meet Me In The Bathroom” by Lizzy Goodman
Best travel hack
Einstein Bagels serves eggs all day. Thank god.
Best place to ring in the New Year
The Faena Hotel in Miami & Hotel El Ganzo in Cabo.
Favorite hotel bar
The Living Room @ The Faena Hotel in Miami.
Low key: South Beach, Miami.
Room service order
Favorite workout on the road
Morning trumpet practice with a view of an ocean.
Current travel playlist
“Funky Feels” a Spotify playlist by Spencer Ludwig.
Place you’d like to go next
All of South America again.
Best quality in a travel partner
Down for whatever and up for adventure.
One city you’d like to live in
Strangest thing you’ve eaten in a foreign country
What is your most treasured possession from your travels?
My one and only trumpet came from a trip to New Jersey back when I was still living in Los Angeles.
If you could only visit one more place before you die, where would it be?
My childhood home in Los Angeles where I grew up because that’s where I started and that’s where my heart is.