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Meet Luke Sterling

Today we’d like to introduce you to Luke Sterling.

Luke, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started taking piano lessons at age seven, but I didn’t truly enjoy playing music until my dad taught me how to play by ear. Since then, I’ve learned to play the saxophone, drums, guitar, and synthesizer and sing. I’ve also been producing music since age 10. Part of my strategy has been to take every opportunity presented to me. I focus on staying busy and productive in the world of music. My goal is to discover the avenue that leads to where I can make a contribution.

So far, I’ve released an EP and multiple singles of my own as a solo artist. I am a fellow in the Nancy and Barry Sanders Los Angeles Philharmonic Composer Fellowship Program and have composed for multiple classical ensembles through the program. I was accepted to LACHSA (the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts) in 2019 for jazz piano, where I have been able to score multiple films, play live shows, and work on interdisciplinary projects with other art departments.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The only struggle has been cutting through the noise. Learning how to use music distribution platforms and get my music in front of people who want to listen to it has been a challenge, but I’m working on it. The rest has come quite easily because I love making new music.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am a music artist and I work in the genres electronic, rock, pop, jazz, and classical. I have scored films, written, produced and played on songs for myself and other music artists and composed music for classical and jazz ensembles. I am set apart by my knowledge of many different genres and my fusion of them into something of my own. I incorporate world, rock, pop, jazz, and classical influences into my music. Some of my influences are Snarky Puppy, Bokanté, Nine Inch Nails, and György Ligeti. My reading also influences my music. Lately I’ve been reading about philosophy, psychology, and mythology.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Enthusiasm, creativity, and passion are most important to my success as an artist. Steadfastness in the face of whatever circumstances present themselves is another quality that I believe will help. I constantly strive to create the most compelling sounds and music that I possibly can in order to give people something new.

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Diana Extein

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