Lutchman Sampath was born in New Jersey, to a family descending from Trinidad and Tobago. Lutchman grew up in Jersey City, NJ, and started playing dholak at the age of 14. Throughout high school, he began playing the piano as a hobby, which quickly turned into a passion. He attended Saint Peter’s University in 2002, where he obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting with a Minor in Business Law in 2006. After college, at the age of 21, he went on to study Piano and Music Theory at Metropolis School of Music in Jersey City, NJ. In August of 2009, he joined DHD Crew as a dholak player and then quickly became the lead keyboardist/arranger for the band. Since then, Lutchman has ventured off into his own musical journey, opening his own Recording Studio and serving as a back up musician to various artists.
Throughout his musical career, he was influenced by musical artists such as Freddie Mercury, Elton John, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, and, most importantly, David Foster. Using his knowledge of music theory and a combination comprised of American, British, and West Indian musical influence, Lutchman began arranging and composing music for DHD Crew. Aside from the music arrangement for the band, he also recently produced his first album of bhajans, which was released in February of 2012 and is currently on working on recordings for various artists.
He realizes that music is not a hobby but a passion. As one of the greatest rock icons of all time, Freddie Mercury said, “I got my diploma from Ealing College of Art, in graphics and illustration.” Lutchman believes you do not need to come from a background of music in order to have a passion for it. Even though he did not study music full time as a lot of musicians did, he believes, like all things, once you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything in life.