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Laidback Luke Breaks Down His Remix of Avicii’s ‘S.O.S.’

Laidback Luke has shared a behind-the-scenes look at his remix of Avicii‘s “S.O.S.” featuring Aloe Blacc.

“S.O.S.” is the first single off of the late producer’s forthcoming album, TIM. It was DJcity’s most-downloaded track of April. Luke’s remix puts a big room spin on Avicii’s poppy, tropical house sound.

In the video, Luke gives a layer-by-layer breakdown of his remix in Ableton. He discusses the synthesizers, drum samples, and plug-ins he uses, and ends with an overview of his mastering process.

Watch above.

Related Post: Laidback Luke and A-Trak Talk Heart Hands, Jumping on DJ Booth

Laidback Luke and A-Trak Talk Heart Hands, Jumping on DJ Booth

Laiback Luke and A-Trak

While in Washington D.C. for an event last week, Laidback Luke sat down with A-Trak for a candid conversation. The two discussed topics such as A-Trak’s start as a club DJ, how French music influenced his career, and how Fool’s Gold became more than a record label.

The focus of the convo centered around the topic of real DJing, however, and some of the controversial antics DJs do on stage. Specifically, they talk DJs throwing up heart hands and standing on the DJ booth. A-Trak tells Luke why it looks bad when certain DJs throw up the heart symbol then explains why he jumps on the DJ table during his shows.

On DJs throwing up heart hands:

“I don’t hate it, but you know what it is? I think, you know, in some cases it can be, it can look like a bit of a caricature of certain kinds of DJs who aren’t actually doing much mixing and who do more of like the theater.”

Why he jumps on the DJ booth:

“That’s just an energy thing. You know, sometimes I think that my approach to DJing is, there’s a certain amount of showmanship to it. If you were to see Slash do a concert, you expect Slash to just be a showman … in a sense, my approach to DJing is comparable to that. … and sometimes I’ll get up on a table, especially at a bigger festival where it’s just a way to feel a connection with the crowd.”

On balancing DJing and antics:

“The reach of DJing has gotten so big, I think, inevitably there’s a certain amount of antics that come with just trying to make sure that the crowd feels your presence in certain ways. But I think the important thing is that the actual DJing part of the set is still, you know, the majority of the time. And that the jumping around is kind of a little spice on top. Not the other way around.”

Watch the conversation above (starts at the 2:46 mark).

Related: Watch A-Trak’s ‘MikiDz Show’ Set

Laidback Luke Gives DJcity His Exclusive Bootleg of DJ Snake’s ‘Taki Taki’

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Laidback Luke (Credit: Think Photography)

Veteran DJ/producer Laidback Luke has dropped a “twisted house” bootleg of DJ Snake‘s bilingual hit, “Taki Taki.”

Developed by Luke, twisted house is a style that combines tribal-influenced house beats with, in his words, “crazy sounds and bleeps.”

Luke’s “Taki Taki” bootleg is available exclusively on DJcity, along with three other of his new twisted house bootlegs (Gnarls Barkley‘s “Crazy,” Zedd‘s “Happy Now,” and The Chainsmokers‘ “Side Effects“).

Preview his “Taki Taki” bootleg below and download it only on DJcity.

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Related: Top Remixes of DJ Snake’s ‘Taki Taki’

Laidback Luke Mentions DJcityTV’s Mojaxx and DJ TLM in Video About SoundCloud Rips

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Laidback Luke at Marmarela in Alicante, Spain on Aug. 25, 2017. (Credit: Rubén Ortega)

With close to 200,000 subscribers and 13.5 million views, Laidback Luke’s YouTube channel is popular in the DJ and producer community. His weekly vlogs, which are both entertaining and insightful, have received praise from fans and DJs alike.

However, Luke recently received some backlash for a tip that he gave in one of his episodes. When answering a viewer’s question about where to get music legally without spending too much money, Luke replied, “a really good hack is good ole’ trusty SoundCloud. There are ways to actually rip tracks from there and save them as an mp3. And then you’re able to play them out.”

The comment didn’t sit well with some people, one which was house DJ/producer Chocolate Puma, who reached out to Luke via Twitter:

Luke replied:

Not one to hold back when it comes to tech issues, DJcityTV’s Mojaxx also weighed in:

Luke responded to Mo as well:

Then, on Friday, Luke addressed the situation and clarified his comments in his latest vlog. At the end of the episode, he instructed his viewers to check out Mojaxx and DJ TLM‘s respective videos about SoundCloud rips and music rights.

Watch the video below. Shout out to Luke!

Related: Laidback Luke Breaks Down His Tomorrowland Set

Laidback Luke Breaks Down His Tomorrowland Set

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Laidback Luke is known for being an advocate for the “real DJing” movement. The legendary DJ/producer, who has addressed accusations of playing a pre-recorded set in the past, often encourages DJs to “play live.” He even held a workshop on “real DJing” back in 2015.

Luke has since shared several educational videos on his YouTube channel, which includes a series called In My Mind. In it, the Dutchman annotates his live sets to show the thought process behind them. The series has drawn close to 500,000 views.

On the latest episode, Luke breaks down his recent set from Belgium’s Tomorrowland festival.

“You are gonna crawl inside my mind and see how I play at a huge festival, one of the highlights of this year, and see how I maneuver my way through it,” Luke says in the video.

Watch above.

Related: Denon DJ Names Laidback Luke as Brand Ambassador

Denon DJ Names Laidback Luke as Brand Ambassador

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In January, Denon DJ made headlines when it unveiled its new Prime series of equipment. On Thursday, the company kept the momentum going by naming legendary house DJ/producer Laidback Luke as a brand ambassador.

With his addition, Denon continues its push toward becoming a serious player among DJ gear manufacturers.

In a video announcement on Facebook (see below), the Dutch legend said he will also serve as a product development consultant.

Going forward, Luke will be swapping out his usual live setup. Instead, his gear of choice will now be Denon’s pro-level SC5000 Prime media player and X1800 Prime mixer.

The move is in line with the company’s recent “Change Your Rider” campaign, which urges DJs to change their rider to include Denon equipment.

In the press release, Luke explained why he chose to partner with Denon: “The Denon Prime Series is an organic fit for my DJ sets. Its functionality is extremely intuitive and it’s [sic] performance delivers exactly the quality that I need.”

Denon DJ’s Brand Manager, Paul Dakeyne, also commented on the partnership:

“As one of the world’s most creative and expressive live DJ’s [sic], Laidback Luke is constantly setting the standard, raising the bar. He needs equipment that is a natural extension of his thoughts, equipment that instantly transforms his inner feelings and spontaneity into sound. The Denon DJ SC5000 and X1800 Prime units remove all performance obstacles and pushes new boundaries for Laidback Luke to explore.”

Watch Luke’s announcement below.

Related: First Look: Denon DJ SC5000 Prime Player

Krunk Releases Bootleg of Alice Deejay’s ‘Better Off Alone’

One way for DJs to set themselves apart is by making custom edits and bootlegs for their sets. Occasionally, DJs end up releasing their versions to the public though, especially if enough people ask for them. Such is the case with Australia’s Krunk, who recently made a bootleg that blends Laidback Luke’s remix of Alice Deejay’s “Better Off Alone” with Galantis’ “Runaway (U & I)” and SCNDL’s “Otis.” Stream and download Krunk’s bootleg below.
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Download: Alice Deejay – Better Off Alone – Krunk vs Galantis & SCNDL Bootleg
Related: Listen to Krunk’s DJcity Podcast

Watch Laidback Luke’s Workshop on ‘Real DJing’

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Laidback Luke performing at WinterWonderland in Helsinki, Finland on February 21, 2015.
Although the phrase “real DJing” isn’t new, A-Trak and Craze transformed it into a worldwide movement last summer in response to the rise of “button pushing DJs.”
One of the “real DJs” that Craze cited in his definition of the term was house veteran Laidback Luke. The Dutchman isn’t a turntablist, but he’s proficient in other aspects of mixing and a leading proponent of “real DJing” within the dance community.
Luke does more than represent the movement at clubs and festivals, though. He’s also passionate about educating, and gave a workshop on “real DJing” at the Netherlands’ Dancefair conference back in February.
While most of the concepts and techniques covered in the workshop are basic, they’re essential for beginners and can be useful reminders for established DJs. Watch the entire video below.

We recommend watching the workshop from start to finish, but here’s a breakdown of the topics if you don’t have enough time:
– DJs who influenced Luke’s mixing style (3:00)
– Luke’s early days as a DJ (12:25)
– Preparing for sets (14:30)
– Organizing your library and mixing different genres (16:40)
– Knowing your equipment (19:55)
– Practicing at home (22:30)
– Looking for similarities between songs (23:40)
– Being a tastemaker and differentiating yourself (30:30)
– Reading crowds (34:35)
– Creating live mashups with acapellas (37:50)
– Dealing with stage fright (49:55)
– Audience questions (53:50)
Related: DJ Craze’s Definition of a ‘Real DJ’

Laidback Luke Weighs in on ‘Blurred Lines’ Ruling

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Last week’s ruling against Robin Thicke and Pharrell has proven to be one of the most controversial stories of the year in the music world. On one side, there are folks who support the court’s decision that “Blurred Lines” copies Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” There are also people, many of which are artists and industry professionals, who believe the ruling sets a dangerous precedent and could stifle creativity.
One of the most high-profile artists to speak out is Laidback Luke. The Dutch heavyweight, who himself has been involved in copyright lawsuits, penned an op-ed for Billboard earlier this week about the ruling. Below are some of the main points he made in the candid piece.
He believes “Blurred Lines” is similar to “Got to Give It Up,” but he doesn’t think they’re the same.

“In the ‘Blurred Lines’ case, I can hear is a same type of groove and a similar sounding Rhodes organ that doesn’t even play the same notes. I’d even go so far to say that ‘Blurred Lines’ is just a similar style of track as ‘Got To Give It Up.’ Style as in genre.”

In terms of note progressions, he thinks creativity is limited.

“In dance music alone, there are at least 3,000 new tracks released every week. Surely almost anything you can think of has already been done? For instance, people think I jacked Tujamo’s ‘Boneless’ with my track ‘Bae,’ whereas I didn’t have it in mind at all while producing. Unless we somehow invent new notes, the progressions that we can make are not infinite. The notes themselves have never been copyrighted, so how many notes does it take to claim it as a copyrighted sample? Everyone will recognize the first 3 to 4 notes in ‘Get Ready For This’ before any vocal even drops in.”

He believes being influenced is inevitable.

“Being creative draws upon the collection of music in your head. It sits there and anything around you can influence you. Anything you heard in your past that made an impression on you will affect your style. I often find myself just being a collection of anything Daft Punk meets Timbaland meets the The Neptunes meets J Dilla, and that molded into a format that I can play out as a DJ. Being influenced seems inevitable, and there’s almost always something out there that sounds similar to what you’re making.”

He thinks the ruling poses a threat to new artists.

“The fact is, this very second some kid somewhere is taking my music, chopping it up, looking at it sideways, replaying it and then calling it his own. They are the future. If that stops, the music stops. However, a new standard has been set. Those ‘Blurred Lines’ suddenly became dangerously Thicke.”

Related: Jury Rules Against Robin Thicke & Pharrell in ‘Blurred Lines’ Trial

Laidback Luke Releases Ableton Session for ‘Stepping to the Beat’

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Laidback Luke has released the full Ableton Live session for his latest song, “Stepping to the Beat.” The file has been made available through Splice, a cloud-based platform for music creation and collaboration.
Splice launched its public beta in September and has since released project files for artists such as Henry Fong, David Heartbreak, Figure, Alesia, Ken Loi and Jordy Dazz.
The company’s investors include Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber’s manager), Tiësto, Steve Angello (ex-Swedish House Mafia), AM Only, WME and others.

Luke attached the following message along with the session:

“Very much into starting this up with Splice and starting to share my projects with you! I’ve been known to help aspiring producers out and give advice and tips about producing. This feels like it comes as an extension of it. Now mind you, one major thing I’ve learned over the 22 years I’ve been producing, is to keep it simple. And I do! Simple, yet effective and fat. The floor, or any of the majority producers out there, won’t care how many crash or hi-hat stems you use. Or that you tweaked 8 hours to get this certain synth designed, which still can’t compete to the multitude of amazing synth presets out there. I make music for DJs to play out, and music to dance hard to! And my time, with all the touring, and overall hectic schedule, is super limited. No wasting it ha ha. Hope you can get some easy shortcuts looking into my session, and hope it can help you to be better and effective producer! Splice this to learn how I made Stepping To The Beat!”

Related: Henry Fong and J-Trick Release ‘Scream’ Ableton Session