Luis Resto

Faculty, Einstein's Keyboard: The Physics of Synthesizers, Interlochen Arts Camp

Songwriter and musician

Luis Resto is known as one of most creative and accomplished musicians and songwriters active in Detroit today, with a recording resume that ranges from Patti Smith and Iggy Pop to chart-topping hip hop artists such as Jay Z, B.o.B. and 50 Cent, and of course, Eminem. A seminal member of the groundbreaking Was (Not Was), Resto was highly influential in the development of that Detroit band's avant-funk ethos. As Eminem's songwriting foil and live keyboard player, Resto composed music for the hit film 8 Mile and was co-writer of "Lose Yourself", the smash single which spent 12 weeks atop Billboard's Top 100 and garnered Luis both a Grammy and an Oscar. Amidst all of the excitement, he has simultaneously embarked on a solo career, releasing his debut album, Combo De Momento in 2010 and One Small Light in the Spring of 2012, finally stepping into the spotlight with his own compositions. An Interlochen Arts Camp alumnus, Luis has been collaborating with the Arts Academy Comparative Arts program since 2015, with the creation of the show Boom! Mics, Music and Modern War.