Cxemcast 008 – Lumitecc
Judging by your mix, you love the intwinement of various styles and different music. What factors are you guided by while playing and selecting ‘those’ tracks?
Mix for a podcast differs from a live performance. While the main reference on the dance floor is the reaction of people to music, here it is important to follow the story, the idea, and tracks may be completely different - it depends completely on my mood. The choice of music is always a free selection for me and, most of the times, it happens during the set creation.
What story does lay behind your mix?
I think that this story tells us that contemporary house and techno music is not that bad. Where do I find music? Usually I indefinitely surf Juno.
You mentioned that you didn’t go to parties for two years. Don’t you think it is important in order to play more, to be known get more invites to play?
I always party just to hang out and, of course, for music. Meeting people and establishing connections are secondary goals. A common chain ‘party – useful acquaintances – DJing’ is not really for me.
Is DJing a hobby or more of a calling for you?
DJing is more for the soul and for the mood. I have never cared about where to play – there are always enough of proposals, but availability and desire are not always there. Now I do not play often due to large load, usually I put the tracks at one of capital's clubs once every two months. Actually, I never considered myself to be a DJ because it is not my professional and regular occupation. DJs are now having hard times. For example, my last purchase at Juno exceeded all permissible lines (I hope my girlfriend doesn’t read this interview).
What can you tell us about your record collection?
In fact, vinyl is a means to collect favorite and important music for me, because “digital” does not live long, though, what is very important, it is more mobile. I hardly ever play records. You know, I have a rather strange collection. Now, by the way, I’m into very soothing classical instrumental music at the time. Even though I’m not a big fan, however I’ve recently hooked on instrumental music, à la Johnny Greenwood. In general, it would be interesting to try playing live – I’m planning to devote myself to this idea in 2015.
Can you tell us a little about music you're writing? What do you plan to do as a producer?
I write what I appear to compose. I never sit down for this exact reason with a pre-sketched clear plan in mind: for example, there will be techno in this passage and house in another one... I guess it's a bit silly. Music should reflect the inner world, then it is honest. I begin to write and go on with the process fluently... I started using analogue, bought a droll drum machine. How could I live without it all this time?
Many people complain about the decline of house and techno, they say that classic is still better. What do you think about it?
Well, I disagree with them. Classic will always be a classic, it can’t be compared with what is happening now because then this "now" thing gets lost. A lot of interesting quality music is currently out there. As for people who constantly criticize and have much to say... regular, not remarkable snobs, whose lives mostly consist of twaddling on forums, usually hide behind a disguise of deep knowledge.
Then whom should contemporary musicians align to?
Who can be the role models? In my opinion, first of all, the new names that already stand out from the established artistic crowd. This year I really fancied Call Super. Well, there are a dozen of new names in music that I'm really excited about. They are all pretty cool and new. There are new trends, fresh artists who are not afraid to experiment outside of habitual frameworks - and it's great!
That’s an optimistic view. What's going on with local dance scene?
I like the guys, whom I am familiar with. What they do – they do with soul and for own pleasure. I'm not ashamed of our techno scene. There is something authentic and sincere. However, the problem is always the same - the exchange rate. Nevertheless, the problem of our country is low cultural level in general and in music particularly. I don’t know how the promoters come out to survive with trying to nurture good taste by bringing expensive artists because there is almost no audience for it. Detroit, Chicago, London are the cities that have been developing freely for hundreds of years. In culture, music or whatever. We are a bit stuck in a hard situation after everything that happened in our country, but I think better things are waiting for us ahead.
Interviewed by Bohdan Konakov.