Laidback Luke is one of the most entertaining and well known DJ’s in the EDM scene. He’s known for amazing productions that will for ever be known like ‘Show Me Love’, ‘Leave The World Behind’ and crowd banger ‘Turbulence’. Although he’s an amazing producer, it’s the skills behind the turn tables that really show his true talents. Laidback Luke is not an average DJ. He takes risks that others wouldn’t infront of crowds reaching 50,000 people. With his own record Label and mini tour taking place, there is no telling what his limits truly are. Our reporter Regis Domburg had the massive opportunity of interviewing Laidback Luke in the Netherlands. Read how it wen’t after the jump!
1. If you’re looking at your tour schedule, it seems like you’re staying in Europe for a while with shows at Ibiza, Tomorrowland and Budapest. Many Dutch DJ’s like Tiësto and Afrojack just started or ended their United States tour. Is there a possibility that you’re having your own ‘Super You & Me’ tour in the near future?
LL: Yes we are thinking about it. I just ended my small ‘Super You & Me’ tour in the United States with four gigs and I am really excited that it worked. I really enjoyed it and we will see what the future will bring us.
2.Tomorrowland and Creamfields are in your schedule this summer, but also a few shows on Ibiza. Which do you prefer, big festivals or your own concept ‘Super You & Me?
LL: Well, I am hosting my own ‘Super You & Me’ areas at Tomorrowland and Creamfields. It is an honor for me that I am getting this opportunity. This has always been my dream to host my own areas at the festivals. This is the year my dream came through.
3. Dutch DJ’s are very popular in the last few years as well as the Swedish DJ’s. What is the main reason for this? Can you point out what the difference is between the Dutch and the Americans or Swedes?
LL: As far as I can see, it is the Dutch rationality which is a big element for the Dutch DJ’s. Especially if you’re talking about the public. The Dutch aren’t easy to please – this makes us work even harder to get the Dutch public going and keep them satisfied. If we take this ambition with us to other countries, we just blow the international public away.
4. As a DJ you’re travelling a lot, which means that social contacts aren’t the first priority. Are their some DJ’s which you hang out a lot with?
LL: Yes it’s kinda hard, even with other colleague DJ’s which are staying in the same hotel. Hanging out isn’t a priority when you’re there. We all have ridiculous schedules, don’t sleep that much and always have deadlines.
5.You have roots in the Phillipines. What can you say about the house scene over there? Is there a chance that one day we can welcome some Phillipine colleagues in the charts?
LL: You can’t really talk about a scene over there, it’s very small and the club life is mostly for the elite only. They don’t make a difference between house and hip hop, as long as it is music it’s fine with them. I still hope for some more talent from the Phillipines, you never know!
6. Your track ‘Leave the World Behind’ is still very popular, how did the collaboration with Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso start?
LL: The Swedish House Mafia have always been good friends. We had a tradition to go into the studio and make some records once a year. That year I actually had an session with Axwell, but when I arrived in Sweden, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso were waiting for me, so we decided to go record a song with the four of us.
7. The house scene is currently dominated by the Netherlands, United States, Sweden and some other European countries. But how about the Asian countries, is that up and coming?
LL: Yes absolutely! It isn’t that big over there, it still has to be explored. India is slowly changing (talking about the club scene) but it is waiting for a China for example. If we can gain some market over there, then that will open a whole new world for us!
8. Last March you were at Ultra Music Festival Miami (UMF) again. What makes this 3-day festival so special for a DJ to be here?
LL: Ultra Music Festival is one of the oldest ‘dance’ festivals in the United States, so it has some history. The public is also different – they’re coming there with the main reason to rave. The vibe is unique and so explosive. UMF is still my number 1 favorite show this year.
9. In 2003 and 2004, you made a couple remixes of classic musique of Bach for example. How did you came with the idea to do this?
LL: It was a nice collaboration. I studied piano for a while – that’s the reason I was and am interested in classic music. However, it isn’t necessary to combine these two music styles in my work, but it was a nice experience for me to combine these two styles.
10. In conclusion, can we expect some spectaculair collaborations from you with other top DJ’s and artists?
LL: Yes for sure! Follow me and my label record on Twitter to keep you updated!
@LaidbackLuke and @Mixmashrecords.
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