We had the good fortune of connecting with Luke Sterling and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Luke, what principle do you value most?
The value which matters most to me is the crafting of spiritual experiences and the bringing of those experiences to others. By releasing music into the world I am essentially creating a pathway to lead others into the same sacred spaces that I have inhabited and continue to inhabit. This is what I bring to people and this delivery holds much of the meaning I find in life. I believe the true purpose of coming in contact with a theos- any spiritual force- is to come back from that state continually and lead others towards it. I achieve this mainly through music.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m interested in collaboration and using collaboration to create unique, new forms of music and all around art. About this, lately I’m very proud of and excited about a modern jazz album I co-wrote with my colleague Noah Denton (all online since he lives all the way in Virginia!) which will be released soon. The tough part of the journey so far has breaking through the noise. I would not say that I have totally overcome that yet, but I am working on it. The rest of the journey is easier since creating music and art is something I very much enjoy and derive great meaning from. Along the way, one of the most important lessons I have learned is to aim for what is beyond oneself- understanding and maximizing one’s place in the order of Things in both the experience and the creation of art.
I want the world to know that I will see it around.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take my friend to the Getty, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Professional Drum Shop. To eat, I would bring them to Delia’s Restaurant and India Sweets & Spices.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to thank my saxophone teacher Derrick Davis, who has taught me a lot about jazz and introduced me to many genres and styles that I would not have known about otherwise. My parents have also been very helpful in the vein of introducing me to music and guiding my journey. And the sky has shown me the unknown, the knowledge of which is a primary motivating force in my endeavors (thanks to those?)…. Although there are more, that is a good list of some of the most influential people -and things.