The 247th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Da Luka.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I’m 32 years old, and I’m from Albania, currently living in Greece and I’ve been DJing since I was 17, and producing music for the last 5 years.
2. Where do your musical roots lie, what are your first memories of electronic music and when did you know you wanted to pursue it seriously? Are there any particular productions or artists from the past that really made you think to yourself ‘this is what I want to do.”
When I was 7 years old my father bought me a cassette player with a single cassette which I was listening to all day and night.
The next year I decided that I wanted to learn how to play a musical instrument, but my parents couldn’t afford it.
When I came to Greece in 1997 in pursuit of a better life, I started working and with my first salary I joined a music school to learn how to play Percussion / Tarbuka / Drums & Keyboards. I never looked back ever since.
3. How difficult was learning to produce for you in the beginning? Did you take any Audio Engineering programs or production courses to help you out or are you pretty much self taught? And did anyone give any advice early on that really helped?
I was self taught, buying my first audio production program, Ableton Live. The only help I got was from the many tutorials I watched on Youtube.
4. What parts of the production process do you find the most difficult and what comes easiest for you? When you do hit a creative block what helps you through it?
There is no part that I find particularly hard or easy. It’s all part of the procedure. When I get stuck I just switch everything off until my head clears up.
5. What’s a normal day like for you? Do you have a job outside of electronic music? And what do you like to do when you’re not working on music?
I work as a lighting technician in the best nightclub on the island of Chios where I live, and on various concerts organized locally. When I don’t work I just try to relax watching films.
6. Apart from electronic music what other genres do you listen to and who are your favourite artists outside of electronic? and do these genres or artists have a direct effect on your own productions?
Jean Michelle Jarre was my favourite artist until I discovered Schiller for whom I have no words! As for the music genres, I prefer listening to Chill Out and Ambient music when I relax.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
The first cassette was a compilation of mainstream hits from 1996-97. The last vinyl I got was Yazoo – Don’t Go (Limited Edition) It’s been quite a while that I buy music online.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I’m quite an ordinary person. You may even call me boring,
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
There are many who are underrated, but at the end of the day, everyone gets what they deserve in my opinion.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Schiller is my main inspiration. His melodies and the details in every song are mindblowing!
11. There are countless producers out there trying to find their way and create their own unique sound, what advice do you have for them?
Just follow your hearts!
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
It would definitely be Röyksopp Feat. Susanne Sundfor – Running To The Sea.
Da Luka’s remix of Robert R. Hardy ‘Moments In The Summer’ is out now on Stellar Fountain, you can purchase the release: here