Photo by Tom Price
Luke Leighfield has been a prolific performer and recording artist since 2005. In the past ten years he’s played 750 shows in Europe, Russia, Canada, the USA, China, Japan and South Sudan. He started his own record label, Got Got Need Records, through which he's self-released four albums and two EPs. (He’s also released greatest hits albums in Japan and China.) It’s no surprise, then, that he’s been dubbed both “the hardest working man in indie” and “the UK’s biggest underground pop star."
In March 2015, Luke will release his fifth full-length: V. A successful crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter enabled him to make the record in the USA with producer Jim Wirt (Jack's Mannequin, Incubus, Fiona Apple). The result: a record made for radio. V is wholly English but its expansive rock soundscapes evoke the feeling of racing along an American highway, wind ripping through one’s hair. The drums are driving and confident, the guitar licks insistent and inventive, and Luke’s vocal delivery is impassioned and honest. Strings from the world-renowned Cleveland Symphony give songs like First Love an orchestral quality, while peppy brass on Fool for Love brings the song to a rousing finish.
Luke has shared stages with artists like Fun., Frank Turner, William Fitzsimmons and Joshua Radin, and recorded live sessions for Radio 1 and Xfm in the UK. He’s played keys for a number of other bands, including The 1975 and Dry the River. Luke's music has been used on Sky Sports (Football First), Channel 4 (Made in Chelsea) and BBC 3 (Coming of Age). Proceeds from sales of his music have raised money for Christian Aid and Tearfund.
When not making music, Luke works as a copywriter. He likes to read and go running. This is how you pronounce Luke's surname.
- Futures - keys - 2010/11
- Yo'True - keys - 2011 (listen: Wild Rice)
- Tellison - keys - 2010 (listen: The Wages of Fear)
- The Cape Race - keys - 2010 (free download: Now, Voyager)
- Holly Partridge - keys - 2010
- The King Blues - keys/arranging - 2009/10 (listen: Punk & Poetry)
- The 1975 - keys - 2009
- Dry the River - keys - 2009
- Tim and Sam’s Tim and the Sam Band with Tim and Sam - keys/violin - 2007
- Sam Isaac - keys - 2007/8 (listen: Sticker, Star and Tape)
- Jay Jay Pistolet - keys - 2006
- Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly - violin - 2006 (listen: The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager)
- The Eldora Parade - keys - 2005
"Mainstream playlist appeal together with indie sensibility" - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
"The UK's biggest underground pop star. You'd be hard pushed to not fall in love with his charm or tireless DIY ethic" - Rob Evans, The 405