"I just make music and see what fits together. I don´t like thinking in terms of genres"
We have the great pleasure of interviewing the big producer Locked Groove, in full creative effervescence. Recently he has published: "Beam Me Up", an EP hard to describe in words, except maybe for how the compositions make you feel. It is an album that will give a lot to talk about. And if not, come in, read and dance.
Hey Where can we find you right now? How did you start off your day?
I´m home in Berlin at the moment.
I started the day with a coffee and a cigaret & a classical record on the speakers. My usual routine.
Can you tell us a little bit about your background? Where are you from / how did you get into music?
Originally I´m from a small village called Klein-Willebroek, close to to Antwerp in Belgium.
I got into music from a pretty early age. Music was a constant in my childhood and I started playing instruments around the age of 6. From there music has been a red wire throughout my life.
With new release ““Beam Me Up” ” about to drop on the label. Give us a little background on the album and what’s the story behind that title?
The EP came together over a couple of months. I started on it around February and finished it in June.
Usually I just go for random titles, but in this case I wanted something space themed, Hence hyperdrive and beam me up.
What can you tell us about ““Beam Me Up” ”? What did you want to transmit? What inspired you?
Space and space voyage really. I love scifi and it is a welcome distracting in the situation we all find ourselves in at the moment.
I wanted to portray the feeling of spaceships travelling through hyperspace.
It´s also the reason why the bpm´s are higher than on most of my tracks. I really think it helps with the sense of urgency and speed.
What has led you to emphasize this album in multiple genres? What draws you to these genres?
I don´t really think about it that much. I just make music and see what fits together. I don´t like thinking in terms of genres.
What does your studio look like right now? What type of hardware / software do you like to work with?
At the moment I moved my studio back home because of the times we live in right now.
So a lot of stuff is in storage. Which is actually not a bad thing imo.
At the moment my main bits of gear are all the little volca synths and drummachines and a lyra8 . It´s forced me to be creative. Although the volca synths are amazing little machines. Ableton and VST is also a staple in my studio set up.
Who have been your main inspirations (Both musical and in ‘life’)? And how have they affected your sound?
I draw inspiration from a variety of things: Books, music, art. It´s hard to say how all these things affected my music. I guess what they do is open up your mind to different things and learn to be more creative.
How would you describe your own sound in 2020, and how do you see it developing in the future?
A mix of different things. Unpredictable is maybe the best word for it, I like to switch things up.
Who knows how it develops. I´m constantly learning new things, so it´s hard to say where it will take me.
Can you clue us up on any acts you are loving right now, especially any that other people
might not know?
Gacha Bakradze, Shida Shahabi, Meetsysteem
What makes you happy?
Music, Food, Art, Friends, My Girlfriend
What projects are you working on at the moment?
I´ve just finished a soundtrack for Ian Urbina and another EP. I´m constantly working on new music, so there´s more to come over the next months!
Do you have any final words of wisdom?
Wash your hands, don’t touch your face.
Dance in your living room, There´s no one watching anyway
Thanks for having me :)