SR0060: LEX LUCA
Fresh off the back of being St. Romain's debut guest on our new 1020 Radio show, you can listen back to Lex Luca's storming mix.
I’ve always been into music.
I’m from London and grew up playing the violin in orchestras & also the drums in bands. Early in my teens, I was listening to bands like Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Nirvana & Blur. I was the drummer in a few different indie bands with my mates.
My older sister and her friends were all into electronic music, going to clubs & festivals. A few of them were DJs, putting on parties and I started hanging out with them, discovered the world of dance music and got hooked on DJing.
I bought a pair of belt-drive decks, a crappy two-channel mixer, a box of techno records from my sister's mate Steph, and the rest, as they say, is history. I spent the summer after my GCSEs learning how to mix.
I used to wait around at house parties until the DJ got bored and I’d jump on the decks & start playing. I’d arrive early at a party or club event just to get on the warm-up slot. I played a few sets on some pirate stations too.
I’d scout around the record shops in London, spending any cash I had on records.
At that time the Garage scene was coming up in the UK & the house music coming in from the states. Labels including Strictly Rhythm, Hi Bias to Nervous, Cross Section Records, Shelter etc & producers such as MAW, Todd Terry, Harry Romero, Sneak, Roger Sanchez, Todd Edwards, Armand van Helden and of course Daft Punk.
I was mad into radio too, DJ’s like John Peel, Gilles Peterson, Pete Tong. Looking back I wasn’t so fussed about genres, I was just hungry for music, and loved what I loved.
My music tastes just evolved and developed with age. The more I discovered the more I was able to refine it. As I started playing out too, I got a sense of what worked on a dance-floor.
I’d played a few basement raves and house parties.
My first official set was when I put on a student party at the now defunct Bagleys nightclub in Kings Cross. I clanged my way through my garage records & made some money to buy my technics 1210s which I still own now!
Life experiences certainly helped shape my sound over the years.
People, places, age, mindset. I’ve lived in a few different countries and always spent time there digging into their local music scenes. When I was 21 I was in France - those were some of the glory days in the French house scene with Cassius, DJ Falcon, Antoine Clamaran - all those filtered disco loops and crisp production. Really for me, Laurent Garnier was the master. Then more recently, I was in Costa Rica.
Inspiration comes from all angles for me. It might be a bit of artwork or it might just be a conversation I had with the cashier in the post-office. I do love to travel and I get a lot of inspiration from being outside. Of course, there’s nothing like a good night out to get some inspiration too.
My mix for St. Romain is a selection of some of the cool tunes that are out right now.
I treat most guest mixes just like I would a DJ set. Upfront tunes I’m into right now. I look for a certain soul in a record. I find I latch on to groove, vibe, musicality and a certain uniqueness. I currently have a regular show on Rinse FM and like guest mixes, I usually treat it as a club set, playing some of my favourite upfront house tracks.
Due to the on-going uncertainty around how and when things will open up again, I’ve decided to focus on my production work. I’ve also got a few cool collabs that I’ve been working on. Really excited to get the new tunes out!
I’ve also refreshed my label In Tune which is almost ready to launch, I’ve got some really great releases lined up from producers from around the world.
Obviously, the last 12 months have been tough for us all and the music industry has been hit hard, I had a tour in Costa Rica which I had to put on hold, plus a few London gigs.
Throughout lockdown, I also launched Open DAW music writing sessions online, with a group of friends, which has been a really cool and something we’re expanding on this year and beyond.
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