Hi, I’m Luke.
English music journalist, musician and data architect, currently on placement in Hampshire.
Studying BSc Politics & International Relations at the University of Bath.
Please don’t hesitate to take a look around and contact me if you’d like to collaborate.
I’m currently an editor of Once Upon a Grime, covering the latest in grime music. I also occasionally write for Genius and the University of Bath’s student magazine Bath Time, and formerly wrote about new music videos for Link Up TV.
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Once Upon A Grime
Since joining the team in December 2017, I’ve devised brand strategy; redesigned the website; coordinated song premieres, interviews and mixes from a whole host of grime MCs, producers and DJs; attended shows, festivals, studio sessions and radio sets on behalf of the brand; and managed its social media presence.
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My featured articles include an exclusive discovery about Kanye West’s unreleased Yeezus 2 project, which was later picked up by other outlets including Complex and Wikipedia; an insight into Dizzee Rascal’s direct influence on the grime scene; and an obituary for revered MC Stormin. I also coordinated verified annotations from Chip on his Power Up EP and P Money on his Lord of the Mics VI bars, and a lyric premiere of Cadell’s album, LONDON.
I’ve given over a hundred UK rap and grime artists verified Genius accounts so that they can add and annotate their own lyrics, and have directly liaised with artists to ensure that their lyrics on the site are accurate. Past clients include Giggs, AJ Tracey, Dave, Ghetts, and Skrillex’s label, OWSLA.
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I mostly use the University of Bath’s student magazine as an outlet for reviewing live performances. On behalf of the publication, I’ve attended concerts by indie electronic duo Mount Kimbie, pop groups Fickle Friends and Pale Waves, and indie rock bands BLOXX and Our Girl. My subsequent articles have appeared exclusively in print editions of the magazine around campus.
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I’m occasionally available for freelance music journalism, whether it be articles, artist biographies, or press releases. Please email [email protected] for enquiries and rates.
Previous clients include the University of Bath’s Edge Arts as well as grime artists Polonis, JLSXND7RS, and Lost Souljah.
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“Amazing stuff” —Island Records
“Love these insights” —O2 Academy Brixton
“If [Luke wrote] a book of criticism, I’d buy it” —Slate‘s Katy Waldman
I’m a singer, songwriter, record producer and mastering engineer under the stage name of UnBalanced.
I was recently awarded the Nick Berry Arts Scholarship from the University of Bath.
My previous works have charted on both the iTunes Electronic Chart and the SoundCloud Hot Songs Chart.
Some feedback on previous songs:
“Sounding pretty sick to me.” —DJ Target (1Xtra)
“I 💙 THIS.” —Sian Anderson (1Xtra)
“Bare shot ah fire inna de tune.” —Riko Dan (Roll Deep)
Résumé at a glance
Sales Assistant, WHSmith
(Sep 2015 – Sep 2016)
(Jan 2014 – present)
Head Stage Technician of my school
(Sep 2012 – Aug 2016)
Summer Sales Team, Next
(Jul 2015, temporary)