ROOKE5, pronounced Rooks, is an independent hip hop artist born and raised in Colorado. Heavily influenced by a variety of genres, ROOKE5 draws inspiration from the likes of anyone from Sam Cooke and Curtis Mayfield to more recent artists such as Murs and Grieves. Not only does it bring variety to his music but also a creative balance between blues and modern hip hop.
Born in the town of Loveland, Colorado, Luke Whitrock (aka ROOKE5) has always been business and music oriented. Working from the youngest age he possibly could, Luke developed a strong work ethic in every aspect of his life. At the age of 14, he was uprooted from his hometown and relocated to El Paso, Texas where he attended high school and college. It was in El Paso that Luke found his passion for music and took the first steps in pursuing music as a potential career. He began writing over popular instrumentals ranging from Rick Ross to Kanye West, and recording in the home studio of a co-worker. Needless to say Texas was a large influence on his musical perspective. In the spring of 2010, he traveled back to Colorado. The trip marked a new beginning.
ROOKE5 has played everywhere from local spots like Cervantes in Denver, The Woodcellar in Evergreen and The Aggie Theater in Fort Collins to playing a Lollapalooza after party in Chicago in 2012. Rooted in the pursuit of an energetic environment and inspiration from his experiences, his music seeks to ignite the crowd while sharing in their relationships in life, past and present.
ROOKE5 has had the privilege of sharing the stage with national acts such as Grammy Winning Artist Jon Bellion, Zion I, The Grouch & Eligh, Madchild, Amp Live, PROF, Grieves, SonReal, Blueprint, OnCue, Gift of Gab, Sol, Kyle Lucas, Dem Atlas, Grayskul, Marty Grimes, Pigeon John, Sam Lachow, DJ Rhetorik, Hasan Salam, Ground Up, ECID, The MC Type, Brothers From Another, Sam I Am as well as many other local acts. Together we rise!
Photographer: Mackie Montgomery
Show: Zion I with Amp Live, SOL, MKSMTH, ROOKE5, Eddie Knolls & BMBC
DJ five8, formerly known as DJTK, is taking the nightlife industry in a direction it has never been before! With his fervent energy, charisma and dynamic repertoire, DJ five8 brings his unique sound and turntable experience to some of the hottest venues in Colorado. five8 launched his DJ career his junior year of high school at house parties in Aurora, CO. Shortly thereafter, he made his professional debut at Club Pure in 2008. Since then, he has spun wares for the Metro State University Fall and Spring Fairs, Conifer & Denver East High Schools as well as Colorado Mobile Music through 2015. Adding to his impressive roster of venues, five8 brings his turntable experience to some of the hottest clubs in and around the Mile High City including Beta, The Church, Jet, Suite 200 and Vinyl.
His unique ability to blend Hip Hop and EDM set five8 apart from the rest. five8 has an innate quality of feeling his audience to play the music they most enjoy. He is currently mixing several singles in addition to a mash-up mix that will preview his upcoming EP “five(2)8(zero).”
The collective demonstrates his hometown pride, including collaborations with local artists and producers in a mash-up format that seamlessly integrates Hip Hop and EDM. DJfive8 is sought after by some of the most influential personalities, artists and organizations in the country. He has spun for “beats by dre” in Minneapolis, MN, “Gaslamp” in San Diego, CA as well as “Afterlife” in Scottsdale, AZ. Most recently he has worked alongside artists ROOKE5, SongsbyH, H*Wood, Black Prez and is the Official DJ of WayOh Music, LLC. Oh and the name, you wonder? five8 is based on our DJ’s height. And yet he stands oh so tall in Denver’s music scene.