It might be cooling off in the U.S. but things are heating up in Australia and that’s where our latest Too Future guest mix is coming from. We’ve had the privilege of premiering multiple tracks from rising Australian talent LUUDE and seen his growth over the past few years. He’s been making moves with not only stellar remixes, but killer originals that are tearing the trap music world up. We figured it was time for him to deliver a guest mix for us and what he sent over certainly packs a punch. He sifts through known hits from the likes of Flume and others, to his own music, all while keeping the energy flowing. Check out the entire 35 minute mix and if you live in Australia make sure you’re catching him at his shows as they are sure to be wild. Also have a look at our exclusive interview with this budding talent below.
Too Future. Guest Mix 093: LUUDE | Free Download
Run The Trap: I want to talk about you as a producer first. If you could describe your production style in three words, what would you choose?
LUUDE: Hmmm… probably wonky, heavy, and a little bit original?
Only a little??
[Laughs] Sometimes, yeah. A little.
So your production style has changed pretty dramatically in the past year, year and a half. How did that happen? Was it just experimentation, or was there a certain event or influence?
Well at the start, I was a producer before I was a DJ, so like when I put out my first tracks, I didn’t know what worked in clubs. So as I started putting out tracks and playing them out, you kind of get an idea of what works, and what gets the crowd to react in the clubs. But at the same time, you make something, and then you wanna try something different, then you get bored of that thing and want to try something new. The stuff I’ve got coming out after my next couple releases is totally different than anything I’ve ever done, and I want to keep it that way. I like to keep changing it up. I want to keep making what’s fun for me, I never want to make something that I’m not passionate about.
A lot of your recent work is very percussive and relies very heavily on percussive elements. Where does that come from?
Probably… I don’t even know where it comes from. I was a drummer my whole life. I started producing about three and a half years ago, and before that, I was one of those guys who always was like “I hate any electronic music, there are no instruments, electronic music isn’t real music.” So I was a drummer before that but I love making drums. Drums is my favorite part of producing.
So do make all of your own drums? Or do you like to scour the internet and look for samples?
I used to have to really look online for drum samples, but now I just use Splice. So but like I’ll type “snare” into Splice and look on like the 100th page or something, because it goes from the most popular comes up first so I go to a random page that no one looks at so I’ll have a sample that no one’s heard before and I think that works for me, as opposed to the top ones that everyone uses.
So I’m clearly not from Australia, so I’m curious if where you’re from has an influence on your sound? Does Perth have a distinct sound?
Oh Perth definitely has a signature sound. Perth is just the absolute heaviest music. In Australia, Perth definitely has the best bass music scene. Like drum and bass, riddim, and dubstep event sells out. It’s like the heavier the better in Perth. But at the same time if you’re just making one sound for one scene, you get stuck in that area. I just wanna make what I love doing. The stuff I make is not as heavy as some stuff in Perth, but it works in those states.
A lot of electronic music producers say they don’t listen to electronic music in their free time. Is that true for you?
When I’m not producing, I cant stand listening to electronic music. I think it’s just because you spend all day every day in front of a computer listening to your tracks trying to get ideas, when I leave I cant listen to any more electronic stuff. In my down time I probably listen to hip-hop, old school tracks from the 80s and 70s. Even the 60s, just not electronic.
Who do you think in, electronic music specifically, isn’t getting the attention they deserve?
From Australia, I think Peking Duk should be getting more attention. Like in Australia they’re huge, but in the rest of the world? Their radio tracks are some of the best songs I’ve ever heard. They should definitely be getting more attention worldwide.
When you look for music to play in your sets, what do you look for? Is there something in the sound design, the arrangement, or something else that grabs your attention more than something else?
To be honest, when I look for tracks for my sets, I just go to my favorite artists’ SoundCloud pages and look through their likes and see what they have on there. It’s always Quix or someone like that and I’ll find some gems in there.
How do you go about structuring your sets?
When I’m playing I always try and start at 150 [bpm] because most of my tracks are at that bpm, and then I like to go through the whole bpm range and make my way back around to 150. I always start of my sets super heavy, and as I get deeper into the set, 15 or 20 minutes or so, I’ll switch up the genre and bpm and play totally different music. I have a lot of music in that style coming out so I can play a lot of originals in that kind of style. Then you can go into an old-school section, playing some Justice and stuff like that, and then go back to 150 and finish up heavy. That’s what works best for me, I’ve tried everything and that definitely works best.
Do you have a favorite song to play out?
Probably “Better Off Alone.” Everyone knows it and it’s just so good to play.
What was the best performance you got to see in the past year or so?
I don’t go to many shows that I’m not playing anymore because I just want to chill most nights, but Porter Robinson is the best show I’ve seen, hands down, by far. But if we’re talking like internet live streams, it’s Gessafelstein, Excision, and Porter again. Their visual shows are so good and so well paired with the music. They’re incredible.
You did a pretty huge B2B with Enschway a little while back – tell us about how you planned that and how you like to play B2B in general.
That was crazy night. The only person who sold more tickets for that club night than us was Martin Garrix, so I’m really happy with how it turned out. But that was actually only the second time we had gone back to back, so we had been talking in the week leading up to the show, sending tracks back and forth, talking about what works well. We came up with different sections of the set for each of us to work on, and then when I got to Sydney we spent some time working on the harder stuff – making edits and things like that.
I’m sure you seen footage of DJs going B2B2B2B2B at random parties all over the world. Do you think there’s ever a point where it’s too much and takes away from the performance?
Oh everyone is just trying to have fun! I’ve only ever performed B2B with Enschway, mainly because whenever I finish a set I just want to go to bed, so I never get in on those crazy B2B moments. But if the whole crew is there, everyone just wants to chill and spin songs together. Everyone has a good time from the performers to the crowd, it’s such a good vibe.
If you could pick any three headliners for a festival, money being no object, who would you book?
Number 1, obviously Skrillex. You have to have him. Whatever anyone says, he’s the best producer in the world. No one can touch him. It would probably be Skrillex, deadmau5…
Hundo P on deadmau5.
I just absolutely love deadmau5. I’d say number three would be Gessafelstien. I love that dude. Gotta keep it diverse, those are my three, yeah.
How old were you at your first gig?
21 I think. I got into electronic music quite late compared to most kids these days.
Who has the best hair in the industry and why is it Enschway?
I think to have the best hair you just need to grow it out and dye it as many colors as you can. Like my hair is pretty crazy but I’ve only got two tones in, I think he has like four in at the moment. It’s just a whole thing of looking weird, getting people to look at you as you walk through the streets and getting them to say like “look at this loser” but you kind of do it for that. Just to stick out like a sore thumb.
Tell us about what you’ve got planned in terms of upcoming releases and stuff like that.
So “Don’t Leave Me” was kind of my last trap song I’m doing for a bit. I actually have one coming up with Example that’ll come out in a bit, which is probably my best track to date. It was actually really funny how it came about; I got a random message on the LUUDE facebook page, and the guys thumbnail pic was a camel, and he wrote something like “Hey man I heard this track with so and so, I would love to jump on it. By the way this is Example xx” and I was like “What??” I messaged my manager and he was like “Yeah man that’s legit.” He sent the vocal over like two days later and it’s just incredible. I grew up listening to Example and he’s one of my favorite artists, I still can’t believe it came about. And now a year later we’re finally actually putting it out.
Jamie xx – Gosh
Flume – Helix
Krane & Quix – Next World
San holo – Lights (Nitti Gritti Remix)
Enschway – Push up
Axen & Zakii -Duck Season
Gentlemans Club – Power Moves
Klaxx – Away Feat Miyamoto
Project Paradis – YAIMT
LUUDE & Enschway – Timezone
Better off alone x Jack u – Mind (Ekali & Graves Remix)
Galantis – Runaway x Flume – You and Me (Remix)
Rustie – Slasherr (Skrillex Cinema Edit)
Kid Cudi – Day n Night (Just a tune Remix)
Zeke Beats -Dispatch
Fabian Mazur & Unknwn – Firestarter
Oriental Cravings & BEAUZ – Baba Yaga
LUUDE – ID (Unreleased)
Martin Garrix – Animals (LUUDE Remix)
MGMT – Kids
Porter Robinson – Language
The Prodigy – Breath
Heckler – Ultimate (Vip)
LUUDE – Dont Leave me
LUUDE – Dont Leave me (Quix Remix)
The White Stripes – 7 Nation Army
LUUDE – La De Da
LUUDE – La De Da (Nitti Gritti Remix)
What So Not & Quix – Run
Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools
Rl Grime – Reims (Enschway & LUUDE Remix)
Youth Group – Forever Young (LUUDE Remix