Luke was born and raised in Brighton on the south cost of the UK. He is a self-taught percussionist, having taken up drumming at the age of nine and leaving school at 15 to pursue a musical career.
Luke’s session work as a drummer and rhythm programmer includes Beats International, Bette Midler and Elvis Costello.
Following a decade working as a street performer and musician, Luke created STOMP in 1991. As a performer in STOMP Luke’s appearances include the Academy Awards (The Oscars), the Emmys, Quincy Jones’ album Q’s Jook Joint and the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.
In 1998 Luke was recipient of the special achievement award from the Chicago Human Rhythm Project for ‘Groundbreaking Achievement in Tap and Percussive Dance’.
Luke is also an award winning filmmaker. He has directed, with Steve McNicholas, commercials, short and feature length films and large-format movies made for IMAX theatres worldwide.
Nominations include an Oscar nomination for Brooms, a short film based on the opening routine of STOMP, and Emmy nominations for STOMP Out Loud, a television special made for HBO subsequently released on DVD. The films Pulse: A STOMP Odyssey, Great White Shark and Wild Ocean 3D have all been recognized and awarded at the most prestigious awards in the IMAX industry as part of the Giant Screen Theatre Association Conference.
In 2006, Luke and Steve created The Lost & Found Orchestra, a celebration of found sound that takes the concepts behind STOMP to a symphonic level. The show was originally commissioned by Brighton Festival to celebrate its 40th Anniversary and has since toured to Sydney, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Cologne and across North America. Luke conducts, and performs onstage with, the orchestra.