Lorca: The ‘Shine A Light On’ Mix
Next up, a familiar face to some and a fresh introduction for those uninitiated.
Lorca has been a presence amidst underground house and electronic music in the UK for quite some time now having released music on the likes of Church, Naked Naked, 2020 and more over a number of years. He has drawn upon a deep rooted love of house music which has been a staple element of his own sound which has been widely championed and supported by a broad spectrum of djs.
Despite having amassed a reputation as a talented producer he hasn't perhaps received the level of acclaim which he should be entitled to. In the past few years he has reignited his musical presence through the rebirth of Live Ones, a record label which is now moving from strength to strength having recently released music by Dj Windows XP and Sune.
As a Dj he is eclectic and forward thinking. His ability to read a room is impressive and this is best shown at the party which he runs alongside Kieran A at Tola in Peckham. The next edition will take place this Saturday. We invited him to showcase his sound in a carefully crafted mix.
Listen and read the interview below:
Please introduce yourself…
Hi my name is Sam and I have been producing music and DJ’ing under the alias ‘Lorca’ for the last 8 years or so.
Who are you, where are you and what are you?
I am a 29 year old male, full time employed and currently on a train to Brighton.
What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?
The music I make always has a heavy melodic/almost melancholic element to it. That’s what drew me into music in the first place, the feelings a song can evoke.
Where was the mix recorded?
I recorded this at my home studio in London, Colliers Wood
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
The mix is full of different emotions and vibes, I tried to take the listener on a journey, so I recommend listening to this while driving or on the train or walking.
What should we be wearing?
Whatever takes your fancy.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
Somewhere up high, over-looking nature, somewhere super cliche – know what I’m saying?
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
There are so many gems but I think I’ll have to go for the Mike Dunn track, the vocal monologue on there is just too epic and sums up our times.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
I wouldn’t say I have an ‘all time’ favourite mix, my tastes change all the time so something I loved 2 years ago I may not like so much anymore. I am trying to discover new music when I’m listening to mixes.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
I would have to go with Derrick May, he’s just next level…
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
I started off on a pair of cheap Denon CDJs and a Technics mixer, that’s how I learnt to mix for the first couple of years. Then I quickly moved onto some 1210s and haven’t looked back.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
I think the one you start with, especially in an online listening context. It has to set the mood, show the listener what they can expect from the mix.
What were the first and last records you bought?
The first record I think I bought was a 12’’ by Compound One, it was Dubstep. Amazing record. The last thing I bought was the Oliver Dollar & Mike "agent X" Clark, Dr. Tingle Fingers – Dreams For Sale EP.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
A stir fry – many flavours.
If it was an animal what would it be?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
My own tracks, I always struggle to squeeze them in to a mix, just because I hate listening to them for the 100th time…
Upcoming in the world of…
I am still producing music and have 1 track upcoming on a various artists 12’’ we’re doing on our label ‘Live Ones’ I run with a friend of mine. There will be tracks from Windows, Intr0beatz, myself, Keith Lorraine and Mathew Ferness. Keep your eyes out!
Thanks for having me.
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