Born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Luke-W (Luke Winny) draws from a wide range of Rock and Hip-Hop and R&B influences from the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Chris Cornell to Drake, Mac Miller, Kanye, J Cole and The Weeknd.
In his early teens, Luke picked up guitar and learnt music theory from his mother; who taught music and played classical piano. Luke raps and sings, having garnered a passion for Hip-Hop and free-styling in high school and the years following - which furthered his interest in pursuing music.
After dropping out of University in 2015 and deciding to leave NZ to make music and learn production, Luke landed in Bristol, UK. He spent the next two years there crafting his sound, whilst living in a music studio. Under the alias 'Citizon' Luke released his first EP in Dec, 2017. Picking up a host of Bristolian influences along the way, from UK Hip-Hop/R&B to Dub and DnB, he returned to New Zealand in 2018 with the intention of establishing himself in the local scene.
On his return Luke-W caught the ear of indie-urban label Move The Crowd Records (MTC) who saw the potential in his work, and together they decided to re-work, re-mix and re-master existing material and released the ‘Progress' EP in 2019.
So far in 2020, Luke has released three singles off of his upcoming project ‘Timing Is Everything’: ‘True Cause’ and 'Staying Up' featuring frequent collaborator and producer Andrew Meyer, and ‘Breathe’ featuring fellow MTC artist and NZ Hip-Hop icon Sid Diamond. The project is due to be released later this year.