Adrian Lux Interview From Hip-Hop to Techno to House, Talks Webster Hall and Marquee

A shining star from Sweden, Adrian Lux burst onto the house music scene with his first Ultra released tracks Strawberry and Cant Sleep. Hes best known for his Axwell supported work on Teenage Crime which had a huge impact in his career since it's release in 2010. It earned him a Grammy nomination and was certified Platinum in Australia, among other huge honors. His latest single Damaged on Ultra Records has been in the forefront as he is currently embarking on a US tour to promote the single.

This past weekend Adrian Lux headlined a sold out show at Webster Hall in New York City and rocked the crowd of a packed house. I had a chance to sit down with the rising star in New York City after his gig. Besides examining the musical process in the brain of this talented producer, we also talked about his ability to incorporate new sounds into his music. We also chatted a bit about the future and got some info about his upcoming album which won't be out til the spring of next year.

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Youre currently half way through your US Damaged tour. How is it going and have any gigs stood out to you most?

Yeah it's been going really, really well and I put a lot of effort into Damaged and promoting it, getting it out to the fans. You can definitely see there are more people coming to the shows now and I feel very proud of that.

You had a gig a few months ago in New York at Marquee and headlined the historic Webster Hall this weekend, how does it feel to play at such iconic venues in Manhattan?

First of all it's a big honor to be invited to play there. When it sold out it was unbelievable. [Webster Hall] was one of the first clubs me and one my managers went to a couple years ago in New York. We couldn't have imagined that this would ever happen.

So comparing the two venues, Webster Hall being a huge show and Marquee being more of a bottle service type club, do you feel you need to cater your sets to the different audiences?

No I usually play what's cool and it usually works. I feel if you start comprising too much, you easily get lost after awhile. Theres always ways of getting people into your music. And actually they redid Marquee for that night and made more of a dance floor since it was sold out, and that was nice.

Youre popularity in the US has grown so quickly in a short amount of time. What are your thoughts on the American audience compared to back at home in Stockholm?

Its weird cause I've seen this kind of revolution happen once before but not this big, because America is a country that has such a huge impact all over the world. But you can definitely see now in Europe how this revolution of dance music is affecting the rest of the world. So going anywhere you play now, it's always big and generous to this music.

We hear that you started out DJing hip-hop and reggae in Sweden and we're quite successful at it. When and how did your transition into dance music come about?

I mean that whole world of hip-hop, I got into it when I was 16. I started a new school at the time and my classmates we're all into hip-hop. So when I started in the new group of people, I felt that hip hop was so free and you could rap or break dance or whatever and still be a part of the same movement. The thing I fell for was the producing and DJing part of it. Those things go hand in hand. And then I started getting into English hip-hop where they take a lot of inspiration from dance music, like drum and bass. The sounds we're very electronic in that scene. Then I got more interested in the technical side and DJing more drum and bass. And that transferred into electro, and techno, then into progressive house.

So it was a lot of different steps and movements before you reached where you are now.

[Laughs] Yeah a lot of different steps, but this is the long story short.

Do you think that transition process has helped your music today?

Definitely. I think my openness towards new songs has me always doing fresh things and not being afraid of change. I just want to do things that are fun. And there are some things that stick along the way.

We love that you're style tends to incorporate those different sounds like guitars and vocals with strong character. When producing, do you find it important to take risks and incorporate new styles into your music?

Thanks. Yeah for me I put in a lot of time when recording vocals. I write a lot of my material. I put a lot of time into vocal coaching and not because people necessarily need it. But it's more for me and what I like to play. I just like to spend a lot of time making vocals sound amazing.

We have to ask you about you about the huge work you did with Teenage Crime. It had support from big names like Tiesto and Swedish House Mafia. When you created it, did you think it would take off like it did?

No. The vocals just came across in a recording session for a song. I was speaking to Linna [the vocalist on the track] and we always talked about working on something together. In the beginning it was a track that I made at a time when I was playing a lot of progressive like John Digweed back then in the clubs. This song, I made it for the end of the night, to have something with a more uplifting feel to it. In my head it wasn't really like a big pop song, it was more about creating an atmosphere around those people who we're out clubbing. Then my friend sent it to Axwell and the rest is history.

In a recent press release, you stated that you are moving things in a new direction with your upcoming shows and music in 2013. Can you tell us more about what you mean by that?

For this fall I'm gonna be locked in the studio for a long time to perfect my album and really trying to develop a set that is very personal.

So you have an album coming out. Can you tell us a little more about that or is it still in the early stages?

I mean it's definitely taking shape and I know what I want it to be like. There are 5 tracks right now that I feel strongly will be on the album. Now I'm going to spend this fall making the rest of the album which is going to be really interesting. Theres going to be some instrumental tracks on there too. It will be out in the Spring next year.

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