L.A. rapper and singer Luke Christopher describes his genre-bending sound as “somewhere between hip-hop and classic rock.” “It’s urban,” adds Christopher, who’s completing his debut album for ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records. “But I’m also influenced by everyone from Elton John to James Blake.”
Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, Christopher began composing songs in GarageBand at the age of 11 in a makeshift “studio” under his bunk bed. Now 23, he’s a triple threat who writes, produces and performs his own material and counts four critically lauded mixtapes, a double EP (YSTRDY and TMRW), a collaboration with Common, and a hit YouTube video (the infectious “Lot to Learn”) among his credits.
As he sees it, music is just the beginning. “I want to do an [art] gallery show. I want to do community projects. I want to do a fest,” says Christopher. Maybe even a clothing line? “Absolutely,” he says. “I’m huge into fashion.” For now, however, he’s enjoying a bit of downtime at home in the midst of a busy year.
“L.A. is a giant melting pot of different cultures and people,” he says with obvious affection. “Me and the homies play ball in Venice Beach. We go out everywhere—Hollywood, Santa Monica, Downtown. You’ve got to see the entire city.”
Photography by J.R. MANKOFF
Written by Nancy Hitchison.
Styling: ALISON EDMOND.