Luke Sonderman.

Local-music aficionados may know Luke Sonderman from his days in Minor Emergency and other bands formed by the Academy of Musical Performance. However, this young drummer and his brother, Jake, recently started a new venture—a recording studio. Sondy Studios offers different plans for recording and producing both bands and individual singer/songwriters. Visit for more info. Luke Sonderman is the latest to take the Lucky 13; here are his answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

Sammy Hagar and The Circle.

What was the first album you owned?

Rush, 2112 In Concert, on purple vinyl.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, and Led Zeppelin.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Rap. I don’t get what is so impressive about rapping. There is no singing involved.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

I’d really like to see the Foo Fighters live.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Listening to Poison.

What’s your favorite music venue?

The Date Shed.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“Runnin down a dream, that never would come to me. Workin on a mystery, goin wherever it leads. Runnin down a dream,” Tom Petty, “Runnin’ Down a Dream.”

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Rush changed my life, because it was the first music I ever really listened to, and it got me into playing the drums, because Neil Peart always gave me a challenge to conquer.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

I would ask Dave Grohl how he hits his drums to sound so open and loud.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Home Sweet Home,” Mötley Crüe.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

The B-side of Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“D’yer Mak’er,” Led Zeppelin. (Scroll down to hear it!)

Matt King

Matt King is a freelance writer for the Coachella Valley Independent. A creative at heart, his love for music thrust him into the world of journalism at 17 years old, and he hasn't looked back. Before...