Luke Bretthauer and Chris Cooke have been exploring sound together since 2011. The Monastry project is the culmination of years of individual musical journeys, meeting at a very unique time and place.
Early on, Monastry was tasked with performing at numerous live events, resulting in a plethora of fledgling material. This in a sense allowed the two to find a middle ground, and learned to compliment each others writing styles. By 2019, we see their debut album “Collages” come to the fore, bringing with it not only a sense of authenticity, but a journey in its own right.
Monastry is a true collaboration in every sense, although some mixing/scrubbing work is done via correspondence, the two meet up for song creation ‘lock-ins’ which sometimes last weeks.
The Monastry live set is performed back-to-back on two Akai MPC 2000xl’s with two turntables accompanied, a unique show with a unique sound.