After months on the road this year, Swedish producer Adrian Lux is finally getting the opportunity to settle into his new home in the Hollywood Hills. The producer, known more for introspective productions than fist-pumping party anthems, stops at Ruby Skye on November 29 for a post-Thanksgiving set.
We spoke with him during a phone interview from his studio in LA.
Have you experienced a difference in how you approach music in LA versus Sweden?
Yeah, I’ve been coming over the states for a long time, and it is a little bit different how people are and how they work in the studio. The hierarchy of people is pretty big here. In Sweden, every producer can do everything themselves. I’ve been trying the American way, but maybe the Swedish way is better. There are less titles and more collaboration.
Not as much ego in the room, maybe?
Yeah, leave the ego at the door and let’s just go see what we can come up with. I’m not saying everyone is like that in the U.S. The industry is just way bigger here so there is more room for that other stuff than in Sweden.
Who parties more in the studio?
I think Swedes party more in the studio. It’s so dark in Sweden, you buy some beer or wine and just hangout in the studio forever and get wasted and make weird beats. That’s kind of all we do in Sweden.
I guess you don’t have all of the other distractions when it’s only light outside for six hours a day.
Oh, man. There are some days when there is no light, at all.
What is it about Sweden that produces so much good music?
One thing is Sweden is very trend sensitive. We’re pretty good at staying updated with what’s going on all over and we we’re good at taking inspiration and making it our own thing.
Swedes are also very thorough when it comes to production. They’re a very hard working, proud people and maybe a little too afraid to fail sometimes. We’ll work so much, but sometimes that works out because it sounds like a next-level production. We don’t mind working all the time just to get that final product.
What’s the longest you would say you have worked on a track?
There are some tracks that I have worked on for two years before it was released—but that’s not usually a good sign. It should take a week, or something similar. It depends if you get the vocals right at first and the songwriting.
The first idea with song usually only takes an evening, but then getting it right can take forever. It depends on how good that initial session in the studio went. There are tracks that I have worked on for years and tracks that took a week finish.
I read in another interview that you approached your latest Make Out EP as soundtrack. Why did you decided on that approach?
I see club music very visually, where it’s about coloring the dance floor with different vibes. That also translates a lot into cinematic music. There’s a very close connection there. For that EP, I was trying to take tracks with an ongoing vibe. For me it was like a soundtrack for a short film.
With the new stuff I’m doing now, it’s even more like that. It’s a lot more instrumental with experimental vocals instead of doing the normal kind of pop arrangement. I’m going more and more into that kind of hypnotic sound and a lot of the music I was listening to as a kind. It’s more of a blend of techno and indie guitars.
I noticed on some of your tracks, particularly with “Sooner or Later” and even the vocals on your single “Teenage Crime,” there is a melancholy or sentimental vibe.
Yeah, but I like that. When I make my songs, I want it to feel a lot like that. I usually don’t like music that’s too happy. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I think there is a more interesting depth with melancholy sounding tracks.
But it shouldn’t be too depressing. You want to put some hope in there, as well, and you don’t want to feel like everything is shit in the world. It’s good to have that touch—life is interesting, it’s hard sometimes and then sometimes it’s good, and you have to try to be positive. I think a lot of my songs are about that.
You don’t want to do big party anthems all of the time?
Obviously, that has its place, too. Sometimes people don’t want to think about their lives and they only want to hear party anthems. I think my place in this whole thing is that vibe I was describing, and I think I do that best so I’m trying to go hard for that right now. I’m feeling pretty good about it. I’ll be playing some of that new stuff at my show.
Adrian Lux performs at Ruby Skye on November 29. More info.