Inside The Track with Lance DeSardi
London Based Lance Desardi is no newcomer to the scene of Deep House music. Managing to put his name on the big maestro Fred Everything‘s “Lazy Days Recordings” imprint says it all about the quality of the work of a busy DJ, Producer, Remix and Label Owner who has previously released on labels like Hudd Traxx, Bang The Box, Om as well as his own excellent Legwork.
Congratulations on your new release. How is it being received in your sets? & How are other club DJs responding to the release?
Thanks, I’m pretty happy with the release overall. I haven’t been playing loads, as I recently moved to the UK, but it seems like some people are liking it. I’ve gotten some cool messages from some DJ friends about it.
Tell us more about the track. What was the main inspiration behind it and what prompted the musical direction on this?
The track in question – Wild B&^ch – is a little ode to the mid-late 90’s Wild Pitch scene. I wouldn’t say my tune is wild pitch, but it owes something to that sound. Those records had a big influence on me; obviously DJ Pierre’s stuff, but also Danell Dixon’s music as well. Dance Dance is a stone-cold classic.
Production wise, what is it about the track that makes it work?
I guess it’s that thing of finding a loop of beats, music and vibe that works, then laying it out to see if it’s actually anything. So many times I start laying stuff out and then realize it’s shit, or not enough of a fully formed idea. That or it just doesn’t take you at the moment; I often wonder how many good ideas I’ve chucked out in the writing process that could have been tunes. Way too many I’m sure.
What is the one machine, program, sound, drum machine, technique that characterizes your sound?
About a year ago, I set out changing the way I worked – to make it a bit more fun – and the center-piece of that has been the Arturia Beatstep Pro. I still use Logic X, but this thing has helped me take my eyes off the screen and focus purely on what’s coming out of the speakers. I used to use an MPC2000XL quite a bit, and I missed some of that workflow, so I’ve been trying to find the middle ground for quite a while now. It took some time to get the Beatstep all synced and working properly with Logic, Native Instruments Maschine and all my other outboard sound sources (Roland JD-800, Yamaha TX81Z, Korg Mono/poly & Poly-800, etc), but once I got all the midi quirks and stuff worked out, it’s been a real pleasure.
What is the one piece of kit that you simply cannot do without?
The brain of my studio at the moment is the SSL X-Desk. I’ve got a mad patch bay set-up that I’ve revised a couple of times, so at this point everything is firing on all cylinders, from an in/out standpoint. The mixbuss on the SSL is super wide and clean, so it’s great for summing and mixing, which I do for work for other producers and bands (hit me up if interested). I also like to record my own stuff on the fly and piece it together, so it’s nice to have the mutes and send/returns for all that action. It’s funny, as Fred Everything (Lazy Days label owner, who released Wild B*^ch) and I were joking about how I have a super nice SSL in the studio, but I spend tons of time trying to make my music sound noisey and degraded. Go figure…
Any advice for your fans on how to make it in today’s fast paced game?
Go to record stores, go to clubs, have a mix with your buddies, and generally be a part of the community. Seems obvious, but we have to work at it. There won’t be any more clubs to play ‘club’ music if we don’t.