A New Beginning: Alum Luke Top Goes Solo

Friday, March 04, 2016
KCET-TELEVISION (LOS ANGELES) -- After studying ethnomusicology at San Francisco State University and a stint teaching in the Bay Area, Top returned to Los Angeles. He wanted to pursue a career in music, but wasn’t sure how to go about that. He launched a recording studio in his mom’s garage, charging bands $100 a day for a session in Reseda. He joined bands, but then quit. He landed a gig as a touring musician for a songwriter. As a fan, he delved into Ethiopian music and found that one of his friends was doing the same thing. They decided to jam and invited a few others to join them. Soon, they were playing house parties and events at local parks. The collective of musicians became Fool’s Gold.