Adrian Lux – Exclusive Interview Electric Zoo Randall’s Island 2012
As we’ve said countless times, Electric Zoo 2012 was pretty damn spectacular. We got to sit down with a bunch of DJs and talk about music and their career’s. Friday we sat down with Adrian Lux who was sporting a set of crutches due to a sprain from lading wrong on his foot during one of his sets. We can appreciate that energy. Here is what he had to say.
So, you had a pretty good set out there, how was the response you think?
It was really good, actually! I was so nervous, because when I went to sound check there was only around twenty people in the crowd, so I was like, “Well, let’s get it over with”, but then as I went up again there were a lot more. They were chanting so I was excited. The kids here are so crazy; they’re going nuts over the music so it’s fun that they show so much love.
How is New York compared to some of the other places you’ve played?
I would say New York has a very educated crowd. I always have good support in New York. When you talk to fans, they really know the music. I even have these really cool hip hop guys that made kind of like a tribute album where they rapped over a lot of my songs, which was so crazy to hear. Those guys were from New York as well, and so I feel like it’s definitely a big cultural place.
So you came from hip hop; what influenced you to start creating electronic music?
I used to be a Dipset fan and listened to Jay Z and all that kind of music. It’s always fun, even if you go past a road sign that says some place you heard in a song. It’s an awesome place. I love New York.
It was actually me and my friends, we were doing hip hop and then we felt this new thing from England coming with grime and Dizzee Rascal. More electronic beats and people rapping over drum & bass, so we started experimenting with a lot of that stuff. Eventually, that led into four by four… like techno, the early Eric Prydz stuff. So I started getting more and more into DJ’ing as time went, more mixing stuff. I felt like the most fun thing for me to DJ was electronic music because it’s almost a way to build a story with a set.
How would you describe the music that you produce? We would call it “anthem house”, how would you classify it?
I try to go in a different direction with the vocals, to do a very personal thing. I would say a lot of my inspiration is from indie pop and stuff like that. I write a lot of the lyrics myself. I wouldn’t say it’s “anthem house”, even though I’m trying to make anthems, but we all are.
You just released your debut album “Adrian Lux” in April. How has the response been?
It’s been really good, because I had a lot of fans before, this is a way of giving back and just giving them a full picture of what I’m doing. It’s a way to get into it [my music] and it’s been really good, actually. As time goes and you play more shows, you see that people start to recognize album tracks that aren’t necessarily just the singles. For me, making an album was a big challenge because you put together one song and it feels right. An album is a lot of songs, so it’s a lot more work.
It’s easier obviously to make a single… what do you like better, was the album a lot of work and you’d rather do singles?
Right now I think I’m gonna do singles for a while until I want to make a new album, but it was definitely good for me to make an album and kind of package something and put that extra work in. And make something that sounds good as a whole thing. It was hard for me; it took a while. It was going to be released a few years ago, and it was just like, “Ahh, the time’s not right, wait”. Then i just decided I was going to finish it, so I just did.
I don’t know, it’s definitely cold all the time. We have an amazing summer but it’s really short. You don’t wanna hang outside, you know? It’s better to just be in the studio. You want to come here and play, so you just stick together in the studio trying to make those beats. I think it’s also because this scene has not been that big in Sweden. The DJ thing has been big in the clubs but the EDM thing or what people call it, that’s only been getting REALLY big in the past two years.
You’ve got an action packed weekend with today and Roseland… how hectic is your schedule?
Right now I love what I do… I try to chill out as much as I can but there hasn’t been a vacation in a long time. But you have to pick your moments to relax.
If you had a super power, what would it be?
You know, I’m Swedish and we get awkward… so, to become invincible in awkward situations, yeah.
As always we would like to thank Adrian for taking the time to sit down with us and his mazing management team for setting up the interview. Also big up to Mixjunkie Tara for helping transcribe the interview.