Laidback Luke is Getting Ready to Drop the Beat on Beats1's One Mix
Contrary to popular belief, DJ-ing is an art form.
Most mainstream artists value producing over DJ-ing, which is why we don’t see technical skills like impeccable transitions, record scratching and creative mixing behind the decks. That’s not to say the art of DJ-ing is dead. Artists like A-trak, Skism and Laidback Luke prove that DJ-ing can be used as creatively as the music itself in presenting an exciting live show experience.
Laidback Luke, in particular, highlights that DJ-ing should be revered as an art form. Apart from masterful live sets and feature mixes, he is outspoken in criticizing the current state of dance music, where the focus on DJ-ing in its truest form is largely lost. Apart from taking to Twitter, he spoke at length about pre-recorded sets during one of his popular vlogs.
The Dutch superstar has over 25 years of musical experience under his belt, diving into house and techno while leading modern dutch and electro house to mainstream success. His style has evolved with the ever-changing times of dance music, yet he manages to cling on to his roots religiously. He has collaborated with some of the biggest names in modern dance music, like Diplo, Hardwell and Swedish House Mafia, while using his record label Mixmash to give a platform to rising artists.
This weekend, Laidback Luke will be showing us what DJ-ing is all about on Beats 1’s weekly radio show, One Mix. Knowing Luke, the hour-long mix is sure to feature an array of tunes from the Mixmash family, by artists like Inpetto, Mark Villa, Krosses, Keanu Silva, Unity and Pryodox.
Tune in to Beats 1 to catch Laidback Luke's Debut on One Mix
Friday 1st December 2017 - 16:00 LA / 19:00 NY / 00:00 UK
Saturday 2nd December 2017 - 04:00 LA / 07:00 NY / 12:00 UK
Before taking the decks, Luke took some time out to share some of his personal insights and musical experiences over the years. Read on for his inspiration, dream collaborator, guilty pleasure record, and much more.
First show experience:
January 1997, in the UK, I was trembling and was so nervous that I couldn’t even put the needle on the record (DJing was still on vinyl back then).
First time you brought your mom to one of your shows:
I don’t know the exact time but I remember her being so proud and she was dancing all the time. Fun fact: she often calls me “The Laidback Luke”.
The artist who inspired you to become a musician:
Technotronic and the Prodigy.
Go-to places for new music?
Luckily I get sent most of my new music.
Guilty pleasure record:
Maroon 5, Moves Like Jagger.
Desert-island dance record:
Tensnake - Coma Cat
Dream B2B partner:
My clone ; )
Currently 130 BPM
Piece of gear you always need on the road:
My GoPro, I currently make all my VLOGs with that.
All-time favorite festival:
Biggest misconception about dance music:
That DJs only fly private jets.
How often do you get out and have fun, and where do you go:
I’d rather stay home, since I’m never there!
City with the most underrated dance scene:
Surely that’s El Paso, Texas.
Industry prediction for the next year:
Dance Music will scale back to it’s roots.
Best piece of advice for new producers:
Make a 100 tracks, before letting anyone hear your demo.
Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaborator:
Justin Timberlake still : )
Backstage (what is one of the unique experiences you’ve had backstage?
I recently met one girl that was asking me when Laidback Luke would arrive. I told her to wait for a moment and Googled ‘Laidback Luke’ on my phone to show her who she was talking to.
What's a unique travel experience you’ve had?
I once had an emergency landing! Oxygen masks coming down and all!