Swedish DJ/producer Adrian Lux has come a long way since his first dance music hit and Grammy-nominated “Teenage Crime”. Now at the forefront of the dance music scene, headlining shows all over the world with a fully packed touring schedule, the 27-year-old is gearing up for his second album release via the hit-making label Ultra Records. His newest single, “Damaged”, showcases the vocals of fellow Swede Alva Tang and expresses a classic-but-developing “Adrian Lux” sound that tells us we have a lot to look forward to.
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We were able to catch Adrian’s stellar show this past weekend at New York City’s legendary Webster Hall. He gave the sold-out crowd exactly what they came out to see, playing everything from classic originals like “Teenage Crime” and “Burning” to crowd-pleasing sing-alongs like Alesso’s “If I Lose Myself”. He even dropped some new and unreleased tracks off his upcoming album. Naturally, the first thing we did when sitting down with him at a NYC lounge Monday evening was give our props on the performance. Adrian touched on many topics, including the inspiration for his recent music video, a sneak peek at what’s to come, and his thoughts on the dance music scene. Check out the full interview below.
EARMILK: You sold out Webster Hall on Friday night, giving us one of the best sets I have heard to date. How did you feel about the fan response?
Adrian Lux: I think it was great. I love playing New York. There are definitely people that are really interested in music and I always had that experience playing here. You can see after on Twitter, people comment on certain stuff instead of the whole thing in general. It always makes you think twice when playing here, that you want to do a good thing.
EM: This is an exciting time for you. Your new single, “Damaged”, just dropped along with the video. Could you tell us a little more about the skating inspiration for the video?
AL: I used to skate when I was a kid, and I think that skating and music always go good together. Sometimes I’ll take my music and go on YouTube just to see what it would fit to. Then I started fitting it to my old skate videos and I thought, “Wow, this is really a match.” Then I thought about the whole concept of trying to show people that world, and then the director Travis Kopach really made it something.
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EM: What do you feel is the connection between skating and music?
AL: Skating is a very epic sport. It’s about heroism and throwing yourself out on cliffs, you know. It has a kind of “we against the world” attitude and I feel a lot of the dance music scene comes from that. People really love dance music, even though it’s so big now, but it’s a culture. So I think in that sense it has some similarities. And dance music itself is very epic so they go very well together.
EM: Marcus Shössow recently remixed “Damaged”, how are you feeling about that?
AL: It’s great! I mean, we’re all really good friends and we’re having a collaboration coming up too for my next single. So this is a really great way of leading in to that I think.
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