Interview with Erik Lucas

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Today and Miami Encode we are happy to welcome Erik Lucas! We have been loving his recent record on Deep State Recordings and thought it would be great to get to know him a little better. Read on…

1. How would you present/describe your work to someone who doesn’t know you?

If I were to describe it to someone who doesn’t listen to the genre, I would describe it as merely music intended for dancing and the club. If I were to describe it to someone who listens to the genre and
doesn’t know me, I would describe it as house music with an emphasis on progression, storytelling, and good audio engineering.

2. And your last record? How was it born? And where do you want it to lead?

The last record I wrote, ‘Love At All’, has a melody in it that I wrote years ago. After being in the vault for quite a while awhile, I finally utilized it in a full track. I’m really happy with it. I hope
that others like it!

3. What message would you like to convey to the public?

Simply put: be kind to yourself.

4. How do you make music? What is most important for you?

I make music in my free time. I try to let the music write itself, in the sense that I use simplicity to build complexity. I’m not sure if this makes sense merely by merely reading this, but if you were to
listen to my music I think you’d understand. What’s most important to me is that the listener finds the elements in the song interesting and engaging, and hopefully it connects with the listener’s emotions.

5. Is there a unifying concept behind your art?

Yes. I believe that music is primarily a spiritual experience, and when working on my own music I try to make it spiritually uplifting.

6. What makes you unique?

I suppose what makes me unique is that I don’t perform live. Most if not all of my producer-friends perform live.

7. As for your studio, what is it currently composed of?

Right now I have a PC, two monitors, a Lynx Aurora (n) DA converter, a Neve 5060 Summing Mixer, a Shadow Hills Vandergraph compressor, two Neve 542 tape emulators, a Burl AD converter, a Moog Matriarch analog
synthesizer, and a Korg ARP 2600M analog synthesizer. Not to mention all the various software programs within my computer. I have quite a bit of fun learning and utilizing analog equipment and
digital software. It’s all so fun!

8. What is the one instrument you would never get rid of, no matter what?

At the moment it’s the ARP 2600M. Such a great sound and very versatile. I’ve got quite a bit of love for my Moog Grandmother though, which is the first hardware synthesizer I got my hands on.

9. Do you have hope for the future of music? How would you like the
future of the music industry to be?

Oh yes, certainly. Not many stop to think about what’s actually happening within the music industry, but if one were to look back on history and analyze the great moments in music, they’d recognize that at the present moment humanity is experiencing an explosion of creativity. For example, the synthesizer is an instrument that can create any noise possible known to man. The possibilities are literally endless. At no other point in time in humanities’ history has so much creative power been given to the hands of the common
person. The future is bright for music. I sincerely hope that the music industry focuses on creativity and
creating new experiences, instead of churning out the same song over and over. I have a lot of hope that it will.

10. Can you reveal some future projects to us?

I can! I’m working on a very progressive EP/album. I’m about halfway done with it, and am excited for it to be released. Stay tuned!

11. What makes you happy?

Good music. Good food. Good people.

Written by: Alejandro Serrano

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