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Born in 1980 in Metro Detroit and subject to the city’s mid-90’s warehouse parties, Luke Hess has harnessed a deep appreciation for electronic music and the expression of the underground movement. His background in mathematics and engineering has given him a scientific approach to the dance-floor, using frequencies, tones, and soundscapes to transform surroundings and mood.

Luke’s faith based music production landed him a seat with Omar S’ FXHE label & Carl Craig’s Planet-e label in Detroit. Hess has celebrated original productions and remix material on labels such as DeepLabs, FXHE, Planet-e, Motech, Beretta Grey, Echocord, Kontra-Music, Modelisme, Ornaments, Echocord Colour, & more. In 2009, Luke released his first album, “Light in the Dark” on Denmark-based record label, Echocord. “Light in the Dark” received glowing reviews and was hailed by many as one of the best deep techno albums of the year. His second artist album “Keep On” was release on CD in 2012 and on 2×12″ vinyl in 2013 and received a superb score of 4.5/5 & recommended review on Resident Advisor.

With 15 years of DJ experience and many notable LIVE sets across the world, Luke is regarded as a perfectionist on stage. Hess is known to layer his sets in a very detailed, hypnotic, & soulful manner. After playing many notable venues & festivals such as Detroit Electronic Music Festival, Berghain & Panorama Bar – Berlin, ENTER. – Ibiza, Fabric – London, Unit – Tokyo, Culture Box – Copenhagen, Bunker – NYC, Decibel Festival – Seattle, Bassment – Hong Kong, Dude Club – Milan, etc. He is excited to continue exploring the world stage and introducing new and old fans to his raw & deep breed of Detroit techno.

Luke’s continued hard work in the studio & behind the decks combined with his unyielding interest in technology and sound will no doubt stimulate the boundaries of electronic music.


Apart What / where / who was your first experience of electronic music?
Luke Hess In 1995 I went to my first warehouse party in Detroit – it changed my perception of how electronic music can be experienced… Conceptual, artistic, & community minded.

Apart Which artists had the greatest impact on your decision to pursue being a DJ?
Luke Hess Robert Hood, Daniel Bell, Rolando & Plastikman all had a big influence on me while I was exploring warehouse parties in the mid/late 90’s.

Apart Describe ‘your sound’ in three words?
Luke Hess Deep, Motown, Minimal Sound

Apart What are your top favorite 3 clubs (or cities) that you have performed at?
Luke Hess Berghain (Berlin), Unit (Tokyo), Inner Vakula (Melbourne)

Apart What’s one place or club that you haven’t DJ’ed at yet, that you really want to?
Luke Hess Somewhere in Brazil would be nice. 🙂

Apart Do you have any of your productions out? If so on what labels?
Luke Hess DeepLabs, FXHE, Planet-e, Echocord, Finale Sessions, Ornaments, Pong Musik, Beretta Music, Kontra-Musik, Modelisme Records…

Apart Youtube us one track that we can expect to hear you play in Milwaukee?
Luke Hess Luke Hess – The Problem Of Decay (Greed Affects Us All) Echocord Colour

Apart When your not listening to electronic music, what do you like to listen to?
Luke Hess Classical, Worship, Jazz, Indy Rock…

Apart What is your favorite thing about the Midwest?
Luke Hess The people are very genuine & warm

Apart Finish this sentence: Nobody would ever guess that I _________
Luke Hess Love cheese curds, tomato fights, and local Wisconsin beer. 😉