"To me, the track sound describes when some weird and not necessarily positive emotions are trying to take over and build up tension, but then the drop washes all the bad vibes away and kind of says: not today, maybe someday, in another world"
Chris Luno creates music that works in all settings and transcends genres. His openness to a wide range of sound is what has both made him a widely loved favourite, but also someone who operates in his own parallel musical world. We had a chance to talk to him, so enjoy your reading and check out his latest releases.
Hey Chris, where can we find you right now? How did you start your day?
I’m in Munich right now for a couple of days, have been starting the day with some fresh coffee and a walk to Lidl, where I got some nice chocolate croissants!
Can you tell us a little about your experience? Where are you from / how did you get into music? Was it all internet based?
I’ve had my first contact with DJing during my studies in the Netherlands, where I started to host events with a couple of mates. Originally I’m from a small town near Mainz, Germany. I went to my first few raves at 17-18 and just loved the energy and kindness.
Who have been your main inspirations (both musical and in 'life')? And how have they affected your sound?
My biggest inspiration was probably Tube & Berger, as I was their intern during my practice semester and was able to look over their shoulder during their studio sessions! I still work for them and their labels Kittball and ZEHN and am always chasing them for feedback to my demos, which really helped a lot. Also another huge inspiration was Motor City Drum Ensemble and his casual way of mixing, he’s the reason why I learned to play vinyl in the first place
How would you define your sound?
It’s all smiles and bass!
How has your sound evolved so far?
I'm still at the beginning so I don’t really know if my sound has evolved a lot since putting my first track out in 2019, but I’m working on a few more Club tracks at the moment. I only want to release them out when clubbing is a thing again though - but I’ll make them suitable for living rooms as well, as I think a great track can work in various situations.
Are you the type of producer who can create music on the fly or do you need to be rooted in a studio?
I have moved a lot in the last few years, from the Netherlands to Bali to Cologne to Mainz to Berlin and at some point I just didn’t want to carry my monitor speakers anymore haha.. meanwhile I’m only producing with headphones, which gives me a great sense of freedom.
What can you tell us about your latest release on Purified Selections? What did you want to convey?
To me, the track sound describes when some weird and not necessarily positive emotions are trying to take over and build up tension, but then the drop washes all the bad vibes away and kind of says: not today, maybe someday, in another world. So it’s a little reminder to stop overthinking and start to enjoy the good things that are happening. As Michel de Montaigne said: My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.
How was your experience with Nora and the Purified label?
Really great, you can really see that Purified is a passion project that comes from the heart. I’m super happy to receive so much support from Nora herself, who’s playing my tunes in wild locations and on her Purified Shows! Love her.
What does it mean to you to have come to release on Nora's label?
I literally was screaming when my demo was accepted!
How are you living the current situation because of COVID? Has your work affected a lot? Do you think there is hope?
Yes there is hope and also new potential.
I'm very lucky that my YouTube mixes blew up, I’m sure I wouldn’t have done a video mix like that without proper lockdown boredom... but of course the situation is tough and I had to find a new part time job too, while others are going through much worse times of course.
I feel like the underground scene will continue to persist. Do you think we can go back to "normal" events and festivals?
I’m pretty sure, I mean look at Australia, those geezers really are back to normal.
What projects are you working on at the moment?
I'm having an upcoming collaboration with Tube & Berger and a few remixes dropping in the next months, also 3 new video mixes on YouTube are lined up already!
Do you have any final words of wisdom?
Be kind to each other and drink more water :)