Bassist Luke Stewart was raised in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, where he experimented with saxophone and guitar before settling on bass guitar in a rock band. He soon became interested in jazz, but never gave up his love of rock, punk, and hip-hop. When he attended the University of Mississippi in Oxford as an international studies major, he dabbled in turntablism and electronica, too. Soon after starting college, he moved to Washington DC, where he studied audio engineering at American University, then became involved with radio programming, and eventually with presenting music at a local studio. His first avant-music gig was as a last-minute sub with the Sun Ra orchestra. He has released several albums under his own name, recently including Topic with choice artists from Chicago such as Ken Vandermark, and Jim Baker, and has continued to be active in a variety of roles on the Washington scene. He has also gained wide exposure working regularly with James Brandon Lewis, Thurston Moore, and the late Jamie Branch.