When Luke Wynn was a kid, his mother bought him a snare drum. He’s been playing drums ever since.
Wynn grew up attending church. As an adult, after going through a divorce, he found what he describes as an “intimate relationship with God.” Today, the 25-year-old has found a way of marrying his love of drums and hip-hop with his faith.
Wynn was born in Sacramento and moved to Reno when he was 17.
In 2007, when he was a teenager, his father started working on a CD. Wynn and his brother were part of the process. They were in the studio every day helping to mix the album. It was during that process that Wynn realized his own interest in making music.
After his family moved to Reno in 2010, he started singing and rapping. His music has a harmonic quality that sets it apart from other rappers.
“If I had to admit to emulating anyone, it would be my Grammy Award-winning auntie, Juanita Wynn,” he said. “She is a singer, but her style, in how she stacks her vocals and creates her hooks, is one thing that helps me to create hooks and work out harmonies.”
Wynn’s faith plays a huge role in his music—and it’s helped fuel his self-confidence. In “Nobody,” a track from his latest album Wynn’sDay, he sings, “Since I got God, please tell me who I need, I don’t need nobody.”
He also tackles themes of love and relationships, racial issues, depression, and his path to success.
“I’m at the point where I draw power, strength, purpose and security through God in my music,” Wynn said.
Wynn has released several songs and EPs, which he said got little to no reception.
“I love music, but I hate the business and the marketing side,” he said. But he said he’s prepared to put some effort into promoting his latest album.
“I am working on trying to get a tour started,” Wynn said. “I am working on more music soon, but I am not trying to get ahead of myself because I want this to be a really big project.”
Wynn hopes to play shows in Reno, Sacramento, the Bay Area, Southern California and Portland.
One hurdle he has had to overcome is the small hip-hop market Reno offers compared to other cities.
“It is a hurdle, but you are only limited to what your mind thinks,” Wynn said. “If you have the mentality of, ‘Well, if I was in this city I could do it,’ that doesn’t work. There are so many people who come from small cities and make it happen because they are driven to do it.”
Wynn said that he wants to find audiences out of town, too.
“One of my ideas is to use Reno as a home base, but try to do this internationally and globally and not be so focused on Reno,” Wynn said. “Because you could be the best person in Reno, but if you go to Los Angeles or elsewhere, you are nothing.”