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INTERVIEW: Lionshake presents "Confusion"

For the next release on YAW Records, Lionshake take things in a rush hour Techno direction with their "Confusion" EP.

The multi-talented producer takes you on a sonic journey through a more melodic and hypnotic big room sound. This dancefloor-focused EP is the follow-up to Lionshake, a new project based in Genoa, Italy, with roots in Belgium.

This album will grab your attention with a subtle mix of captivating melodies and an expansive atmosphere.

We have had the pleasure of speaking with Lionshake at Chromatic, and this has been the result.

Can you tell us a little about your experience so far in the music business?

I have spent from the 90s working on multi-genres projects from Trip-Hop to Underground House and was a key component of the studio teams behind artists like Royksopp, The Dears and Groove Armada.

In 2015, I have started a project and label with my friend Pierre Dozin called Prope. It was my first techno project and it has been and is still quite successful even if Covid has slowed everything down.

Where are you from? and do you feel that has a big impact on your sound?

I’m from Belgium but for now I live in Genoa in Italy.

Belgium have certainly an impact. I have been raised with new beat, acid and so on.

What artists and genres do you enjoy most right now?

I like artists that really makes a show, for example Giorgia Angiuli is great and inspiring. I also appreciate Moderat, Bodzin Kink and GusGus for that.

About dj's, Carl cox remains a legend for me and I have always been impressed by Sven Vath. I like Christian Smith also.

In the new generation, Anfisa Letyago is cool, so as, Enrico Sangiuliano.

Was your new record a big endevour? or did it come together easily?

No the creative part was quiet easy.

The most difficult was like always to select the 4 tracks between the 8 made.

And to be totally satisfied with the EP at the end, like every artist.

Has that sound changed a lot in recent years?

No not really, the techno and house scene are so coded that it’s tricky to act and think “out of the box”. Mark Reeve has published some good articles on that topic. I have the feeling that everything is a little bit the same and that original idea are difficult to come across lately.

Also before, the places where it all starts like Berlin or Ibiza are becoming the perfect example of mainstream.

To be honest I’m a “Tomorrowland’ spirit” hater.

Do you feel safe now to have a more experimental sound?

Really I don’t care, I have already done a lot, in the foreground and in the background of the scene.

I have the privilege to do what I like.

Without pretention or lack of respect.

I try to do my best, hoping it will touch some people.

We all know that the digital revolution has affected sales, but has it affected creativity?

Yes because at the end of the day, to develop any kind of project, you need a budget. And you really need a good team around you.

Before you needed to make first good music, now you need to be bankable and to be hot.

People forget that dj’s are playing the tracks of other people producing it. They are mostly all starving and it’s not normal at all.

Can you tell us whats next for you?

Another Peak time techno track with two remixes

Two collabs with exciting names

And a Deep house bomb with a great dutch singer.

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