Get to know: The great Greek talent Lefty D
Following on from releases on Defined Music and landing a spot on a Lapsus VA, budding Greek talent Lefteris Dikaios (aka Lefty D) has now peaked the attention of the Low Steppa and the Simma Red crew and drops the Symptoms EP on the imprint this month. We went to find out more about Lefty D…
Thank you so much Lefty for chatting with us, where are you and how are you feeling right now?
Hey Traxsource team! Thanks for your interest in getting to know me better! First of all, I am super excited about my latest release on Simma Red and I am delighted to receive such an awesome feedback and support already. My DJing residency at Dybbuk Athens started a few days ago along with my studio duties, since I need to deliver a few more things pending. As you might already know, summer lasts a little longer in Greece! The good thing though is that I have a lot of energy and inspiration. Fresh releases will arrive to Traxsource by the end of the year, so wait for it!
How does this collaboration with T.Pals on this release differ from producing solo work?
I first met T.Pals via a close friend, I didn’t know at all that he is a vocalist. That day we ended up at his studio talking about electronic music and listening to some unfinished tracks of mine. That was it! He started freestyling on top of an instrumental track of mine and I asked him to write some lyrics for it. His vocals were a 180 degrees turn for my perspective of this song! My creativity and motivation reached high levels since I got to know that I could edit and guide a vocal line the way I like! When you have something exactly the way you want it during a production it offers you space to work with ease and certainty.
Describe your music in three or four words
Evolving, Bass Driven, Catchy
What is the one piece of kit that you simply cannot do without?
There has been a massive release of distortion plug-ins over the last years, in order to bring the “analog” beloved sound back or create more colorful mix-downs! Well, that Waves NLS Channel although is a powerful tool for me, being able to distort my tracks (especially my bass lines) at the turn of a knob is super exciting! The Mike console is my favorite one since it adds some pretty nice made low ends.
Where does your artist name emanate from, what’s it’s meaning & why did you choose it?
Ha! That’s a funny story but I prepare you it has nothing to do with music, so if I’m out of topic or you are not interested lets move to the next one! That’s what I thought! Being an admirer of Al Pacino and his works in the film industry I started watching all of his movies. The name Lefty came to me, when I watched Donnie Brasco, starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp! Lefty was the name of Al Pacino due to the fact that he was left handed. His name was pretty close to mine, which, by the way, is Lefteris. I thought it was quite original so I adopted it!
How do you communicate with your fans?
First of all I need to mention that I always try to reply to all messages and emails regarding promos, DJ mixes, new ideas and opinions on forthcoming releases. I mostly use Facebook, Soundcloud, Instagram and Twitter to spread the word about my forthcoming music and gigs. From time to time I upload to my personal Soundcloud page, snippets of some demos in progress, cause feedback is always essential to me!
Any advice for your fans on how to make it in today’s fast paced game?
Not sure whether I can advise or not on “how to’s” since I am a young producer. However, I believe that being passionate and committed on what you do always brings results if you are indeed endeavoring to succeed. There are many ways someone might find help in today’s fast paced market, but the most important in my opinion is approaching the right people in the right way. If you ask me, I think I am lucky enough to have some amazing people close to me. My cue? Seek. Learn. Know. Grow.