Lelú is a music producer and a DJ based in Belgrade, Serbia. After finishing school for sound design and music production and after making a different type of music, he stationed himself in his own mixture of different genres. His unique sound is flirting with a 90’s funk and disco vibe mixed with modern house grooves and touches. In his earlier days, he was a remixer for Universal Music and had several EP’s under different aliases (Luminous just to mention one).
Besides the number of individual releases, lelú is currently focused on creating as much new material as possible. That has already resulted in 2 upcoming EP’s (one for a Paris based label Doxall and the other one for a Japanese Canary Recordings) and with 2 VA compilation singles as well. We’ll surely hear more in the near future from this talented native artist and that’s why we’ve decided to invite him to 101 series where he talked about his usual and unusual stuff.
What was the funniest / most bizarre request you’ve ever had while playing?
I had that one situation where I was doing a b2b set with a friend of mine and some mobster came to me and wanted Despacito. 6 rejections later he was ready to blow something up so my friend who knew his friend (things usually go that way) needed to calm him down and God bless him he did it.
Can you describe your studio setup for us?
My studio setup is pretty basic. Just a pair of Adam A3X monitors, Akai MPK49 controller, Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 soundcard and a Novation Launchpad.
Could you tell us the story about your first gig?
I was an 18-year-old kid and for some time I had the idea just to play music. I was surrounded by music since I was six though. I Didn’t know anything about it but I just had it in my mind and that’s it. A few months later, best friend of mine organised her party at a club called Francuska Sobarica which was one of the major underground clubs back then (oh yeah, I was into drum & bass at that time) and she knew about my idea and was like “Hey Loo, you want to play on my birthday party?” I was like “Yea, sure!” I burned some cd’s, went to a club (I haven’t even tried to play on CDJ’s before – I was like “f*ck it, I will figure it out on a go”) and when I saw decks I knew I will screw something up.
Luckily I haven’t screwed anything that bad besides mixes between tracks, but my selection caught the ear of one of the best Serbian drum and bass producers who was at the club and he sent his manager to talk to me about gigs and stuff, so basically, that’s how it all started.
Name three artists that currently inspire you.
Huh, I really think I cannot do that because I collect inspiration from everywhere: From Funk and Disco, 90’s Hip-Hop and House and on some states even Tech House, so I outnumbered question just on genres haha.
Recall the worst experience of ‘killing the vibe’ in the club.
The classical clap on 1 and 3. 🙂
What do you do before and after your set?
Eat and eat haha.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
I never had any bad jobs because it happened that all jobs that I had I actually loved. I was a bartender, waiter, salesman, boom operator, sound engineer… I got pretty nice experiences from these.
What are your favourite labels at the moment?
Steel City Dance Discs, Shall Not Fade, Doxall, Canary Recordings, Of Paradise.
Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace and two glasses of wine—what song would you play?
Last but not least. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Be and stay in presence as presence.”