We take a closer look 'Inside The Track' with Luis Junior
With over 20 years in the game and a far-reaching back catalogue that extends from KX (Kompakt), Bedrock, Global Underground and Traum to Yoshitoshi and Cafe Del Mar, Luis Junior is a stalwart of the scene, widely known for his classic downtempo productions. The Madrid-based producer lands this time on Best Works Records for his latest release – ‘Don’t Give Up On Me’ EP
Congratulations on your new release. How is it being received in your sets? & How are other club DJs responding to the release?
Thanks for the congrats. It’s fantastic when I’m playing all the tracks on the release, I’m very happy with the reactions even though the tracks are quite different from each other. Andre Lodemann has been playing the tracks a lot from the first time he heard them and decided to sign them on his label Best Works Records. Also artists such as Laurent Garnier, Adriatique, Jonas Rathsman, Lehar, Karl Friedrich are playing the tracks and have given us very good feedback.
Tell us more about the track. What was the main inspiration behind it and what prompted the musical direction on this?
This track has been different coming from others, I composed a music track with guitars and acoustic instruments, an alternative and electronica combination, and also made a song structure for a vocalist. I proposed a collaboration on the track to Sobi who is a really talented writer and singer. We worked on the song and when I had the vocal tracks I thought the song could be an amazing track for playing at clubs, so here is the result.
Production wise, what is it about the track that makes it work?
I wanted to combine electronic sounds with jazzy beats on the drums, composing strings to create a film sensation and give an organic sense that I think fits very well with the vocals, so maybe that’s the reason the track is getting big attention.
What is the one machine, program, sound, drum machine, technique that characterizes your sound?
I’m not really sure about what things characterize my sound, but I guess it’s a combination between hardware, software, experiments, many hours spent in the studio, engineer techniques, my feelings, and all kind of influences during my life.
What is the one piece of kit that you simply cannot do without?
I consider myself an eclectic artist so I like to find different ways to inspire my music. The common thing is, that I need my music to always have an organic touch with analog sounds and the recording process. Playing sequences on keyboards and drums and not quantize that much. I like to find textures on my tracks using preamps, compressors, EQs, and vintage stuff, that’s why I’ve built my own Preamp Equalizer, the “MSK I” by Luis Junior.
Any advice for your fans on how to make it in today’s fast paced game?
Probably the most important advice is to learn, practice, and combine all with what you really like and feel. Trying not follow rules, music has to be something natural.