EasyLovers, the EPIC Month of October is here! This week we spoke with Jordan, aka DJ and Producer Lucky Date, about his beastly new remix of Alex Kidd’s Move Over. It’s gone from 43rd to 12th on the Beatport Electro-House Top 100 chart in only a few days, and we at EasyLove have a feeling it’s going to bust into Top 10 any time now! We also talked to him about producing music, and eating burritos:
EL: Were you spinning or producing first? How did you get started making music?
LD: Producing. I joined a program in the bay area called Youth Radio when I was 14. I learned a lot about making hip-hop beats and kept it up for about 3 years. I then took my knowledge and transferred it to electronic music production. I love hip-hop but making it wasn’t my thing. Started DJing a year after I started producing electronic music.
EL: At what point did you decide to do music as a full time thing? Or are you secretly working days as your mild mannered alter ego in a dimly lit office cubicle?
LD: I started taking my music seriously in 2009. I have been doing music and music only for the last 8 months. I should get a job though haha.
EL: Best vs. worst gig.
LD: Surprisingly my best gig was at a house party. I have never had a more engaged crowd. Clubs are great and some shows come close, but nothing will beat a sweaty living room packed with electro heads. The worst gig I have had was my 2nd or 3rd show in SF. At the time I was using Traktor Scratch with sync and knew nothing about beat-matching. My Traktor box failed on me mid show I stood on stage like an idiot for the next 20 minuets. The day after I forced myself to learn how to spin cd’s and really got into DJing. I guess my worst show turned out to have a good outcome.
EL: Your remix is some pretty hard hitting electro (your website calls it “bassified aggressive electro”), and we have faith it’s going to bust into Top 10! As evident by your tutorial videos and tracks like Ho’s & Discos or Bomb the Bass you’re not afraid of other sounds. Your remix of Awesome Vibes even goes a little 8-bit… Any comments on finding your sound? Has it changed over time?
LD: My sound is constantly changing. I try to keep it somewhat consistent so people hear a track and know its me while never producing two tracks in the exact same style. Finding your “sound” is definitely the most vital part in having a successful career in electronic music, my “sound” is still not complete.
EL: What you go for when remixing? How would you say your originals differ?
LD: I find originals much easier to make. Unfortunately I have not had the time to make an original in a while. When remixing I feel like I am constrained and am stuck with sounds I HAVE to use. When making an original I am free to express myself in any way I want. Remixing can be lots of fun, but I don’t see myself as a “remix producer”.
EL: By the way, those tutorial vids are awesome. Any other tips for our readers on producing?
LD: I think that having good drum samples is the key to a good sounding mix. I highly recommend using Vengeance drum samples.
EL: What artists/songs are you digging right now?
LD: I love what my homie Zedd from Germany has been putting out. I also love Bart B More, Armand Van Halen, Lazy Rich, and Dirtyloud. One of my favorite songs right now is “Abataka” by David West & Ida Engberg. I cannot stop listening to it! None of my friends like the song though, I think im just weird.
EL: Looking forward to anything in the near future? Working on any new releases?
LD: Working on an E.P. right now, got about 5 unreleased remix’s coming out in the next few months, and just started a new secret group with another producer.
EL: Finally, we know you used to live in Berkeley before you moved out to Chicago. What’s your favorite burrito place in East Bay? Ginger Kid has a fetish for burritos.
LD: Gordo’s ALL DAY E’RY DAY!
Here is said remix, with a 192 download for you
and here’s a remix of Lucky Date’s Ho’s and Discos from fellow Chicago residents Midnight Conspiracy. Dig the little harpsichord synth business going on in the disco electro madness-
Ho’s and Discos (Midnight Conspiracy Remix)*320 (mediafire)
Go check out Lucky Date’s website. He’s got a bunch of goodies on there, including production video tutorials and a brand new release on Beatport coming up! Other than this awesome remix. Lucky Date is going places and we’re certainly going to keep tuned.
Party hardy, love Easy. (respects to Chi-city)
- Ginger Kid & AZN GLO
EasyLovers! Ginger Kid and I will be at MidiGLOW tonight in Isla Vista with our friends Midiculture. Tomorrow night, we’ll be doing our own LoveFest tribute Live & Love IV. Featuring Fosh, Yooj, Ginger Kid & AZN GLO, and dXDT! Add us on FB to receive the location, rave style