LUKI7x on Minecraft designs, tutorials, and his communityBilly Carney
August 27, 2020
Lukas is a Minecraft builder from Bavaria, Germany. He frequently posts high-quality designs and tutorials to his Instagram account, @minecraft.luki7. His has generated a loyal global following of 119K people (at the time of this article).
Lukas, welcome to Meet the Streamers. Tell me a little bit about yourself.
First of all, thanks for having me here. As you know, my name is Lukas. I live in Bavaria, Germany. When I’m not playing Minecraft I’m usually sailing, hiking, or climbing. I am also interested in politics.
When did you first start playing Minecraft?
I started playing Minecraft six years ago. For my first year on the game I played the Minecraft-Bedrock version until a friend persuaded me to start playing the Java version.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m guessing your favorite part of the game is building. How many times have you beaten the game/killed the ender dragon?
That’s a great question. I used to play a lot of Survival mode with my friends. Over the six years I’ve played I have probably beaten Minecraft from start to finish 20-30 times.
What’s your favorite kind of build?
I prefer building small houses with an interior of 3x3 blocks. The biggest challenge, in my opinion, is to build something as beautiful as possible in as small of a space as possible.
I see that you make a lot of furniture/household items. What’s your favorite kind of tutorial to design?
That’s true. I can’t truly distinguish which tutorials are my favorites to make, as the goal of those tutorials is to help people. I want to use my account to help others become better builders.
What makes your builds unique?
I think what separates my style is the simplicity of my builds. If you know the basics of Minecraft, you should be able to do at least 80% of what I do. If not, I try to make my tutorials as simple and as straightforward as possible to get you there.
Are there any other great builders out there that you admire?
What’s the most important skill for someone who wants to be a great builder to master?
In my opinion there are several important skills to master but the most important is figuring out which blocks fit well together. You should also be generally familiar with or interested in architecture - much of what you see in real life is easy to recreate in Minecraft.
I also want to stress the importance of variety. If I may give an example, instead of filing a shelf with five flowerpots, you should use one flowerpot and then a few items of differing colors. For example, the colors red and green go well together, so see how you can mix these two.
What are your favorite texture packs?
I like the game the best without a texture pack but lately I’ve seen two interesting 128x128 pixel texture packs appear more often - NAPP and the Stylized Recourse Pack. These two are very realistic and aesthetically appealing thanks to their high resolution. Each time I use them I see a nice detail I hadn’t seen before.
You’ve amassed an impressive following – 119k Instagram followers at the time of this interview – how has your online popularity impacted your life?
Not much has changed, although now I spend a lot of time on Instagram with my community instead of spending all my time on Minecraft. You have to be careful when you post – I usually post at 6:00 PM (CET). I also am writing in English a lot, which is improving my grammar. It’s possible my life has changed during coronavirus. At the beginning of the pandemic I had 30K followers, now I’m up to over 100K. I’ll see what happens when I get back to school.
Do your friends and family know about your page?
I only told my parents after I had 8K followers. Generally only a handful of people know that I have this account – close friends and a few of my classmates.
What do you do to interact with your followers?
I try to integrate my followers into the account as much as possible and treat everyone like a friend. I often engage by asking questions in my story or on my posts. I try to answer every message I get unless they’re links to videos. One thing I can promise is that I read every message I get. You can write to me as often as you’d like and I will always respond. I’m always trying to adapt my work to the wishes of the community.
Is there anything you’ve done that has helped you grow such a successful page? Any tips for someone who may be trying to make their own Minecraft page?
I think I was lucky in that I started early with differentiated content. The most important thing is to always produce good content. General posts that can help people, like tutorials, are the best. Be friendly and don’t copy others. If you start an aggregation page always as for permission before reposting someone else’s work.
What are your plans for the future outside of Minecraft tutorials? Do you want to expand to other games? Would you ever stream?
Good question, I think I will stay with Minecraft for now. I have an important school year this year, so unfortunately I won’t be able to expand as quickly. After that there will be a lot of new things to try. I will definitely be streaming.
Thank you again for doing this interview. Anything else you’d like to mention?
Thank you very much for your interest in my content, hopefully this article has given a bit of insight about me. The Minecraft Instagram community, no matter if it’s a meme page, content creator, or aggregation page, we all stick together and help each other grow. So many of us come from different countries and I’ve learned a lot about other cultures. I also want to give a shout out to my friend @minecraftbestofbuilds.
You can check out Lukas’ page here.