Born in Scotland and growing up in Australia, Luke McIntosh took to music at the age of 4, figuring out movie themes on the family piano. Luke toyed with piano, guitar, violin, drums and trumpet before settling on the electric bass at age 16. He began playing professionally and teaching around his hometown, Mackay, Queensland, soon after.
After high school, Luke enrolled Central Queensland University’s Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQCM) where he was fortunate enough to play and study with some of Australia’s finest jazz musicians. In the last semester of his studies, Luke applied for an exchange program, which took him to Louisville, Kentucky, where an audition was arranged for entry into the Master of Music program.
Luke lived in the U.S. until 2013 where he recorded his debut album and was involved in many kinds of musical projects from straight-ahead jazz, to R’n’B, to pop, to hard rock, all the way to improvised experimental film-scoring. During his time in America, Luke also created Become A Bassist – an online instructional resource for both electric and upright bass players.
In June of 2014, Luke traveled to Brazil to record his second offering, which is slated for release in early 2015.
Luke is currently living, working and playing music in and around his hometown as well as serving as well as teaching bass and guitar one-on-one and directing ensembles at CQCM.
Some of the people Luke has been fortunate enough to play and occasionally record with include, The Marvellettes, Nicky Bomba, Appalatin, Lou Donaldson, Ernie Watts, Laurence Hobgood, Antonio Hart, Jamey Aebersold, Snooky Young, Craig Wagner, James Sherlock, Kristin Berardi, Harry Pickens, Dick Sisto, and Jacob Duncan.