New comer L/O/O/N, real name Mikael Kanstad, drops an eclectic mix of Bass, House, Downtempo and a plethora of electronic grooves that will keep you guessing every step of the way.
The burgeoning Norwegian artist offers up a sound that is currently taking over dance music culture. It veers toward the realm of Bass music but with a more futuristic approach and a nag for unique percussive rhythms. L/O/O/N's original productions are incredibly diverse, which prompted us to ask him about his recently released album, what inspires him in the studio and what we can look forward to in the future.
I love this mix, what tracks did you choose to include and why?
Thanks! There's a lot of different stuff in there. Some housey stuff, some jersey club, a little bit of trap and some future bass type stuff. One of my most recent obsessions is in there, FVLCRVM's remix of Samsaya's 'Stereotype'. There's also an old Mura Masa track in there that I'm absolutely in love with currently.
Your sound is very unique, how did you go about developing your distinct style and what inspired you to start producing electronic music?
I have been struggling to find my "sound" for a long time, and I'm still not 100% there yet but I'm getting there. I listen to and create a lot of different kinds of music, and that sometimes makes it hard to be somewhat consistent with my sound. I guess that's how my style has developed, through diverse influences. I used to play non-electronic music and it was always a hassle getting people together, finding a drummer, vocalist etc. At the same time I was discovering a lot of electronic music that I found really interesting, so it just seemed like a natural progression to start messing with electronic music.
You just released your self-titled album in March, how do you think it was received?
The reception has been good, people seem to like it. I've been working on the album for a while so it feels really good to have it out and seeing people respond to it.
You present a wide range of textures on the album, from hard hitting to blissful, what was the process like writing the material?
In the past I have tried to make tracks that fit one style or expression, but that rarely works for me. So in the making of this album I just made whatever came to mind and tried to figure out what tracks fit together nicely later. I wasn't trying to make an album really, that just sort of happened after the fact.
What is in store for you in 2016?
I don't know yet, we'll see! Currently I don't have anything planned, but I'm considering putting together an EP sometime this year, probably going to put out a couple remixes too.