What kind of music did you listen to growing up? How has that influenced you?
I listened to my father playing a lot of flamenco guitar in my living room. I also shared a lot of music with brother, where we amassed a collection of alternative rock, flamenco music, 80s synth, techno, R&B, pop, and metal.
Artists that influenced me growing up were Strunz & Farah, 311, Duran Duran, The Cure, Prince, The Crystal Method, Chemical Brothers, Britney Spears, Jimmy Eat World, TLC, Filter, Mariah Carey, Misery Signals, Between the Buried & Me, As Cities Burn, ATB, and Tiesto.
Who are your favourite artists at the moment?
Tycho, Friendly Fires, Angele, ZHU, Pretty Lights, Chris Malinchak, Weval, Foals.
How has your music changed overtime?
I would say it has evolved from indie rock to synth pop, and now electronica.
Tell us about Chromasthesia and how that plays a role in your creative process?
My chromasthesia helps me focus on songs that paint the most color. Those songs tend to create the strongest feelings for me, and then end up being published.
Overall, Chromatics is much different from my previous tracks. The music I used to make wasn't speaking to me anymore, but I think that experience was invaluable. Since the change, I feel like I can connect with people on more a fundamental level. This record also marks a departure from the traditional studio model of working with an outside producer. I decided to collect my favorite pieces and put them into this record, which is arranged by the colors that I see in each track. Fun fact: Some of the colors are seen in the artwork created for each track.
How would you describe the work to someone who has never heard it?
Virtual worlds where anything can happen. Where you can submerse yourself in a painting and swim with the colors of a feeling.
What other artists would you love to collaborate with and why?
Angele, Pretty Lights, Friendly Fires, RJD2, DJ Shadow, and Tycho. I feel like the kinetics in my music would pair well with the instrumentation and vocal style of these artists (espcially the new material which is not yet released). I have several songs on the shelf with their names on it.
Any more news we should know about? What are your upcoming plans for the rest of the year and what can we expect to see?
I will be mixing and mastering my new record this summer, potentially with mixer/engineer named Count (Radiohead, Frank Sinatra, DJ Shadow, The Rolling Stones, No Doubt, and Tycho). Currently untitled, you guys can expect to hear singles from this album during the fall of 2019.
I will also be curating color-named playlists on Spotify over this year, as well as campaigning the Chromatics record. The colored playlists will be a carefully curated collection of songs that express the color in the playlist name.
3 words to describe you and your music?
Chromesthetic = Colorscape + Kinetic (Lx)
Thanks so much to Luxley for taking the time to answer our questions and also thank you to Ben Beamish from our partners over at The Music Elk for arranging and conducting this interview!
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