I can honestly say I’m very excited for this month on Zone Focus. On March 8th, the world celebrates international women’s day and this years campaign is #BeBoldForChange. I personally think that there are women in the music industry that are incredibly talent but are sometimes overlooked as artists. Although the music scene is shifting towards a more gender equal scenario, I think that on days like the 8th we should celebrate that fact that the (as Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin would say) “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves“.
So without a further ado, I’m happy to present the first 5 minutes with…artist of March.
LUZ1E is 20 year old producer from Frankfurt, Germany. For her age she shows incredible skill in producing and is a great example of a girl doing good. Her Detroit influenced sound has taken the underground House community by storm, by combining beautiful female vocals with strong basslines. LUZ1E has given us a real treat for her featured track on ZF; taking us back to the 00’s with a remix of Kylie Minogue’s Love At First Sight. The retro feels are real!
ZF: When and how did you start producing music/DJing?
LUZ1E: I started DJing when I was 16 years old. I still remember the moment my brother, who introduced me to the world of house music, showed me a track which later became my first ever record. It was ‘Mystery of Love’ by Dream 2 Science, one of my all time favourites. I was literally blown away by its beauty. I asked him, what kind of genre it was and he replied that it was house. I was so confused, cause I didn’t connect that music to the image of house music I had at the time. That’s when I started collecting and playing records. So essentially I wouldn’t be where I am today without my brother.
ZF: How would you describe your production style and overall sound?
LUZ1E: lot of people categorise my tracks to be part of the Lo-Fi movement. I don’t doubt that it could be settled in that department. However, I think that my stuff has more of a deep, New Yorky kinda vibe with banging drums to it, as this is where my roots lie, so to speak.
ZF: Where do you feel you are your most creative?
LUZ1E: It’s kind of a boring answer I guess, but I am most creative when I just sit in my little cave of a home and listen to music and make beats.
ZF: You are a part of two groups, Pleasure Department and Power House Posse.
Tell me a bit about your involvement in those?
LUZ1E: Both groups are small DJ collectives I founded with my brother Toni Moralez and a good friend of mine DJ LIL N. The Power House Posse plays Power House as the name suggests. We all agree that a good night out should take peoples mind of their problems, make them feel happy and light. That’s why it’s all about New Yorky and uplifting beats. The other collective “Pleasure Department” I am a part of is all about girl power. We try to combine New Yorky pieces with a lot of vocals and tooly Bangers. Ghetto and Juke tracks also find their way into our sets.
ZF: What have you got planned for 2017? Any Gigs or releases?
LUZ1E: 2017 is going to be an interesting year I think. I am currently working on a release which I am not sure I am allowed to talk about yet. But I think people will dig it. Also, I have a couple of gigs lined up for the coming months which I am pretty excited about, Robert Johnson amongst others.
ZF: Who are your greatest influences and why?
LUZ1E: There are so many gifted producers and musicians out there that have influenced and still influence me and I can’t possibly show them the respect they deserve. The biggest influence concerning my musical development however would be Kerri Chandler. He is one of the most talented people I know and I’m a bit of a fan girl haha. As I mentioned before, my brother influenced my musical path quite a lot as well. I guess you could say he’s like my mentor.
ZF: Your instagram is a great collection of analogue and digital images! What kind of photography piques your interest?
LUZ1E: Thanks so much! I’m really just a photo noob, but like to take snapshots and impressions of moments. That’s also what I like in photography. I dig that kind of raw,”in the moment” vibe.
ZF: You have a trip to Asia planned soon, where are you going and have you got any specific planned?
LUZ1E: Yeah, I’ll be on vacation in Vietnam.That’s my first time travelling to Asia. It’s gonna be so interesting.
ZF: What is your opinion of Women in the music industry?
LUZ1E: I think the world needs way more women in the music industry. It’s no secret that the electronic music industry is male dominated and, that as a woman, you get underestimated and smiled at. That’s why us girls gotta stick together! The old patterns need to be broken.
ZF: Is any particular artist that you feel is a great example of female empowerment in music or who stands out as a unique DJ/Producer?
LUZ1E: Helena Hauff. No words needed. That woman is highly professional and tears down every damn club she plays at. I once really awkwardly (I was a bit starstruck haha) tried to talk to her and she was so nice and down to earth. She is kind of a role for me in that sense.
ZF: Do you think that currently Women have equal opportunities to Men in music?
LUZ1E: Speaking about electronic music, I actually think that women do in fact have more opportunities. As there are quite few women in the electronic music scene you do get quite a lot of attention. However I think that women are judged way harder than guys in this respect, because they are women, and people think they can’t possibly have the same skills as a guy.
Thank you to LUZ1E for her time and I hope you have a great time in Vietnam!