TGMS Future Stars #15: ^L_
Up next in our Future Stars Series is Luis Fernando aka ^L_. He brings us a live recorded techno mix with mostly tracks of his own. Hailing from Brasilia, Brazil, he tries to conquer the world with his own style & sound. Check it out.
01. ^L_ – ALICE IN CHAINS IS BETTER THAN PEARL JAM
02. ^L_ – PEOPLE ARE POISON
03. ^L_ – UNTITLED
04. ^L_ – THE MURDER BALLAD
05. ^L_ – GORE
06. ^L_ – JD SALINGER LIKES ACID
07. ^L_ – UNTITLED 2
08. REBEKAH – SELF-DESTRUCTION
09. ^L_ – ASAS
10. ^L_ – K.
11. ^L_ – UNTITLED 3
12. ^L_ & BAD STREAM – IVANKA LOST HER IPHONE
13. ^L_ – UNTITLED 3
Tell us about your influences in music. How did you end up in the world of electronic music?
As a teenager, I started making music, using the sounds of bands like My Bloody Valentine, Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails. Exposure to these bands would prove to be the inspiration for his first Shoegaze-style tours in the music world. the more the music I was exposed, regardless of gender, the more eclectic would be my tastes and visions for their own compositions. Over the years, I started working in the digital music world, marking and producing soundtracks for movies, as well as experiencing the sounds of IDM, industrial, Techno, Acid, Noise, Dark Ambient and the abstract/experimental. Aphex Twin, Plastikman, Autechre, Neu! are some of my main influences.
What’s your preferred sound or the distinctive characteristics we can find in your music?
For me, it is very difficult to define my favourite sound. Impossible, I would say … but I can clearly say that I always try to explore drone sounds, fast beats and breaks, noise and other sounds. I always try to insert elements of ambient music and avant-garde (like popoh vuhl, cluster). I like to transmit claustrophobic sensations. I’m always trying to escape the obvious … and I try to convey a little of the anguish that goes through my head. My music is a great reflection of my feelings.
How does your (near) future look like, music-wise?
I am returning to Berlin in May for some appointments. I just released the EP called Vampires Love The Sun, by a techno label from Florida, called VFTR. In the second half of this year, I will release some remixes and maybe another EP. By the end of the year or early next year my plan is to release my next album which will be released by the Berlin-based Antime Records.
You live in the capital of Brazil, Brasilia. What makes that place so special to you?
Brasilia is everything to me. I grew up here and this is why I keep this city close to my hearth, with all the good and bad feelings … the minimalist architecture, the emerging culture and so much more. But Brasilia can be cruel too … it’s a complex city. The cruelty is a sad thing. My music has a lot of agony, anger and sadness as a response to the things happening in my city, Brasilia.
What can we expect from the mix you made?
It’s a live recording with some of my own tracks which I released in the course of 2017 and 2018. In this mix, I tried to incorporate some of my influences – dark techno, breakbeat, industrial and others. I hope everyone likes it and thank you for the opportunity to show my work. Cheers!
Check out the other mixes in our Future Stars series »