Luke McDonald is an extremely versatile and dedicated creative force. Over the last few years he has worked as a composer/engineer/producer on three feature films, four short films, as well as theatre & Dance productions, advertising campaigns and corporate projects.
He is also a writing member of Unearthed J Award winning band The John Steel Singers (Full Time Hobby EUR & UK, Dew Process AUS), who have three critically acclaimed albums and have successfully toured nationally & internationally. Luke has been working extensively with Australian music legend Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens), taking the roles of co-producer, engineer and performer on his ARIA nominated album “Songs To Play”. The album was also voted 14th on Uncut Albums of the Year 2015. He has toured with different projects around the world, including renowned festivals such as Primavera (Barcelona), South By Southwest & CMJ (USA) & Great Escape (UK).
He created Holliday Party with Mel Tickle. Since releasing their debut single “I’m Still Here” in late 2017, the band has received praise from music media and tastemakers both nationally and internationally. They won JJJ Unearthed & Were nominated for “Best Dance/Electronica Song” at the QMA’s 2019. have performed at alongside G-Flip, Cloud Control, Hatchie, Party Dozen and GL, and at BIGSOUND Festival, Mountain Goat Valley Crawl. Debut album coming out mid-2019.
Recently he has finished writing and performing music as part of “Yes We Dance” through the Bleach Festival. The show was performed over 4 nights at the Commonwealth Games.
He has also written music for successful advertising campaigns for 711, Powerball, Melbourne City Tourism, Gold Coast Film Festival.
Watch Luke McDonald’s Suspense Composing Reel here.
Ascendent – Short Film (2019)
Bad Behaviour – Feature Film (2010)
C.A.M – Feature Film
Crystal Children – Feature Film
Slip Of A Boy – Theatre Production
The Trail Of Stella Kowalski – Theatre Production
YES WE DANCE – Dance Theatre
Holiday Party – “I’m Still Here” (Co-writer, Producer)
Holiday Party – “Dream State” (Co-writer, Producer)
Holiday Party – “Run Away” (Co-writer, Producer)
The John Steel Singers – “Midnight At The Plutonium” – Album (Co-writer, Co-Producer)
Robert Forster – “Songs To Play” -Album (Co-Producer, Co-Mix Engineer)
The John Steel Singers – “Everything’s A Thread” – Album (Co-writer, Co-Producer)
The John Steel Singers – “Tangalooma” – Album (Co-Writer, Co-Producer)
The John Steel Singers – “Beagle & The Dove”- Album (Co-writer, Co-Producer)