A little while back, whilst going to check out the brother RY X and The Acid live in Cologne, Germany, I found myself captivated by the pulsating sounds emitted from the stage early on in the evening, and particularly a rework of Dream Koala‘s “We Can’t Be Friends” which really caught my attention.
I looked into it a little more the next day and discovered Luka, a young and talented German producer from Hamburg, who creates some of the smoothest electronic jams I’ve heard in a minute. I reached out to him and it turns out he is a super nice guy, so we linked up for a quick chat, and here’s how it went down.
So first off, how did you start making music?
And what is it that drove you to production?
One of my bands was a two piece, and I wrote the music. Mainly on guitar and piano. We didn’t have a drummer so I started making beats for the backing tracks. At some point I decided that I wanted to do my own thing. Well as you can hear I didn’t stop making beats…
Who are some of your musical influences?
I listen to a great range of music. I love the blues and listen to a lot of blues rooted music. Zeppelin, The Stones, Hendrix… nothing will influence me as much as those bands I listened to when I was 13. But I also listen to loads of electronic music, Holy Other for example, that album is definitely in my top 10, and I also like everything Thom Yorke does.
How would you describe your music in 5 words?
Chill, laid-back, melancholic, crisp, pensive…
How do you go about your creative process when making a track?
I like to jam around, mostly on my guitar, the piano, a synth or the MPC. I prefer using an actual instrument rather than starting on the laptop. I prefer not to work too long on one idea. I usually go with my first intuition, and if I don’t like it in the end I’ll scrap the idea rather than try to fix it.
And what inspires you to make music?
It’s just what I enjoy most at the moment. I enjoy being able to do whatever I want, not having to adjust to others. Don’t get me wrong, I love playing in bands, but for now I just really enjoy this.
No judgements here… So what was the idea behind your EP “The Nest”?
Well “The Nest” was my first release, so in this case it symbolises the beginning. Everything was really new and exciting. This structure I built around myself not knowing if anyone’s actually going to listen to it.
As you know I first heard your music at The Acid show in Cologne. How did supporting them happen?
Their booking agent asked me if I would be interested. That was such a great tour. I love those guys, and hope to meet them again soon.
Speaking of tours, how did your London shows go?
The London shows went really well. The show with Kiasmos at Village Undeground was sold out, and I had a great time. I played guitar for the first time on stage at both shows. People seem to like that & I really enjoy it. I like to improvise on the guitar. Taking the songs to new places.
I see you’ve been linking up quite a bit with the NTS crew, what’s your relationship with those guys and how did that come about?
I played a short live set on NTS back in July, on a show called ‘The Hot Selection‘. That was when I first met Francis Redman ,who co-hosts the show, and has now become a dear friend of mine. He plays great music and he’s a dope guy. I’m happy we met. I always hang out at the NTS studio when he’s on. Good times
Alright, and what’s next for Luka this coming year?
Having a booking agent, management etc… in place now I guess I’ll have more time to focus on my music. I’m sitting on material for 2 EP’s at the moment. Probably going to release one in Spring, and then see how it goes. Going to hit the road with the released record… play a bunch of festivals. I’m looking forward to 2015.
If you made it all the way to this last question I really appreciate u taking your time. Much love. You’re cool.