Luke Flowers has worked with a number of artists including 18 years with The Cinematic Orchestra, a year long tour with Corinne Bailey Rae and other tours with Bill Laurance, Kandace Springs and Matthew Halsall. Luke has also worked in many different projects with Stuart McCallum including ‘The Breath’ that are soon to release their second album on the Real World record label. Some of the key venues Luke has performed at are Glastonbury Holtz Stage, The Royal Albert Hall, The Roundhouse, Sydney Opera House, Red Rocks, The Greek Theatre and Central Park Summer Stage. TV appearances include Jools Holland, David Letterman, Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel. As well as steady live performances Luke is also a drum tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music and Leeds College of Music.
Luke is amongst the lineup of artistic directors leading a team of emerging musicians in our Manchester Hill WW1 Residency which will commemorate the forgotten story of the fall of Manchester Hill in 1918.
Here Luke shares his top tips for aspiring musicians…
1) Listen to lots of music. It’s important for me to be listening to lots of music, new and old, so that I can feel inspired and always be moving forward as a musician.
2) Practice. I always like to be practicing. Being behind my drums regularly helps me feel connected to the instrument, stay loose, develop new ideas and gain confidence so that when I turn up for a show I feel at ease and hopefully with some fresh ideas to share with the other musicians and the audience.
3) Patience. Things don’t always come to us straight away in music, whether it be learning a new concept or getting established in the music business. It’s important to stay strong and stick with it on this very long road. It’s also important to not get disheartened watching others that may do things that are seemingly out of reach. We can always learn from others and we should never forget that we all have a unique voice if we can just allow it to shine through.
4) Be friendly and put yourself out there. Stay relaxed and friendly and get to know as many people as possible, and not just on Facebook! You never know when someone might contact you. You might have made an impression on them ten years ago and now they need your services.
5) Live your life. We all have to work hard but don’t feel guilty about having fun and enjoying yourself. It’s really important for me to be able to recharge by having the odd night out so that I can come back fresh and hopefully with some new perspectives on things I might have been working on. I want to experience many different things in life which will also help me to be a more interesting musician.