LCAW has stirred up great reactions to his new track “Staring At The Sun,” and it’s well deserved. This expressive electronic cut is wicked, and shows us just how capable he is as a producer. We headed Behind The Bass with him.
To kick things off, can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you currently based and how long have you both been seriously making music for?
I recently moved my base to Berlin and only every few weeks I go back to Munich. It’s been 4 years now that I produce under the name LCAW.
What/who/where inspires you the most creatively?
A lot of inspiration comes from listening to music of course, I constantly listen to classical music for example. At the moment I have Debussy and Rachmaninoff on high rotation. It’s also good for inspiration to take a couple of hours to go outside and just think about the music you want to make. Since I started making my own music I met a lot of like-minded people, and I learned a lot about music and I can take it all into my production.
What is your favorite parts about being an artist? If you could change one thing about it, what would it be?
My favourite part about being an artist is that most my days consist of doing what I really love, studio during the week, touring on the weekends, I wouldn’t be happy with a 9-5 job in an office. If I could change one think about it I would add one day to week just reserved for sleeping.
“Staring At The Sun” has just dropped, and it’s such a gorgeous, summery tune. Was it one that you instantly felt worked or did you spend a while on it, perfecting it?
The song took a couple of different turns before it became what it is now and what I shared with the world. With a lot of tracks you start at a certain point, in this case writing the top-line, and then you just try what fits and I came up with a bunch of different ideas, and after a while it just felt right to bring in those disco and funk vibes and to bring the live band on board. It was definitely new for to incorporate so many live instruments into the production, and I still wanted it to have enough punch to work in the clubs – so that was challenging in the beginning.
What do you feel each other brought to the track?
Sophie was a great match. Her voice has a lot of character and flows really nice with the rest of the track. My main concern was keeping the production at a level where it adds a strong base for the vocal but also gives it a very modern touch.
How would you describe the single to someone who had yet to hear it?
Take what you like about disco, combine it with what you love about funk and indie music and finally add a little bit of melancholy to it and there you go.
If you could choose any artist/s to remix it, who would you pick and why?
I think Mura Masa could really come up with an amazing remix! I love his new album and style in general.
What are a couple of tracks you always include in a set?
At the moment I play “Cola” by CamelPhat and Elderbrook in every set, my personal club hit for this summer. I’m a big Jamiroquai fan so you can expect to hear that sick Oliver Heldens spin of “Superfresh” in my sets.
What is your most memorable experience of the year so far?
One of the highlights was definitely playing a DJ set in a moving train at 320 km/h going from Paris to Frankfurt, it was part of the world club dome.
What are you bringing to the table in the rest of 2017 in terms of releases and shows?
I’m finishing a lot of new music at the moment and I’m definitely putting out some more before the end of the year. You can expect some bigger features as well and in terms of shows I will probably spend the rest of 2017 playing a bunch of club shows.
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