Luca Lush Talks Tour, His Mad Decent Debut, and Making “Variety-Step”

We sat down with Luca Lush to go over his big plans for his forthcoming tour, his creative process, and we may have touched on memes a bit also.

Hailing from New York City, Luca Lush (Real name Frederick Jabronious) has discovered his niche in the upcoming home kingdom. With a special sound of his own design, it’s easy to see why some would be his type of music as”Variety-Step”. 

26-year-old Jabronious recently moved to L.A. to fully immerse himself into his production. Based off his latest discography, he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Using a collection list and quiver of monitors as wild as his signature glowing blue hair, Frederick’s sets are minute party starters convinced to receive a club proceeding. had the chance to sit down with him and discuss his forthcoming plans for the future in addition to how he has explained his own personality. Watch what he had to say below:  We hear it is your first time playing in Atlanta. How do you enjoy it so much? 

Luca Lush:  Well really, your boy’s got out family here, however they bailed on me tonight. Chris and Michelle should you find that, I’m annoyed (laughs). But it’s my first time playing here and the town is really tight.

EDM.COM: In another interview you stated that prior to getting into dancing songs you were actively playing with emo bands. What’s it in particular that steered you in to creating the genre which you make today? 

Luca Lush:  The very first piece of audio I started making, I was attempting to emulate Flying Lotus or a whole lot of additional washed outside, chillwave artists. Regrettably, I was just so technically incompetent and didn’t understand what the hell I was doing, so everything sounded like trash. 

I began going to more shows and hanging about people which were at the moombahton scene at New York as it was popping off, so I was trying that but people were not enjoying my tracks because they always had these big, melodic segments. It was improper for that spectacle to have anything”feelsy” together with all my additional drops, so I scrapped all that and began Luca Lush having a more focused thought of having those sort of melodic and bizarre chords. 

I educated myself, so lots of my favorites are deemed odd and also my progressions are a little odd to some individuals. Fucking Modest Mouse, they are why my chord progressions are bizarre – but that makes it unique and special to your experience. 

EDM.COM:  A large number of musicians tend to hang out with a group of like-minded artists. Do you have the exact same sort of support system? If so, who’s inside and how do they influence you?

Luca Lush:  This is very important to sort of getting my ass into gear. I had this enormous Facebook and Twitter chat with a bunch of SoundCloud children I knew – there was like Young Bae, Flamingosis, Ekali, Josh Pan, Dirty Chocolate, Y2K plus a whole lot of different folks I’m forgetting about. We would always place paths and demos, and essentially just shoot the shit, it was a nice small environment to get. I guess now maybe not as much, however I have my buddies in LA.. I play video games with Prom Night and Ekali along with some different individuals regularly. In the end of the day after creating, you jump on Dischord and also have a whole lot of friends on there, so it is kind of flow. 

I’m tight with folks like Minnesota who brought me on tour two years back, which has been a fantastic experience. I’m bringing Bijou on tour also on our management group. He’s put out some fantastic tracks recently and is really coming into his own, and I’m quite excited to get him. 

EDM.COM:  As you mentioned, you get a major tour statement coming up this weekend. Want to go right ahead and tell us a little bit about it? 

Luca Lush:  Yes, some Big North American tour. I think it’s twenty five or twenty four cities, a lot of markets which we haven’t hit, in addition to a lot of areas we already have. We are gonna have some cool production for the huge majority of these, a new visual package, everything. I can’t say who all the support functions are just yet, but it is going to become a great moment. The top will come off at a lot of shows, I’m sure of that.

EDM.COM:  What about your pants? 

Luca Lush:  I really don’t know more about the trousers, so I might need to do so and step it up a notch (laughs).

EDM.COM: You’ve had a pretty successful year, on top of your tour you also just had your very first original release,”Another Life” on Mad Decent. We noticed you took a deeper and heavier way of creating this tune, what was it made you want to incorporate that shift? 

Luca Lush:  I’m really really glad you discovered that, generally I was going in a heavier direction. When I first began playing, I didn’t have much feedback loop, once you play more shows, you begin getting more opinions. At first I was just making anything I thought was cool, that was obviously more catered to a home listening environment rather than a club experience.

I think I played 70 shows last season and close to 80 annually earlier, and that really does influence how that you look at production. You begin to think about how these songs will function in the main place they are going to be performed. No hatred towards people that are like”I want to make stuff for Spotify”, I do that too and that’s completely cool. Honestly, you simply need to find out where the track will be performed, and this track was clearly going to be more catered towards a crowd at a bar.

EDM.COM: You’ve done a fantastic job of creating your personal signature sound and style, just curious what your own creative process of inventing that sound was similar to?

Luca Lush:  Well I have my roots Hardcore, Emo, and anything have you. A lot of these progressions of the tunes where you will find repeating segments or a bit of a speed shift is thought of”not normal”, rather than too much mainstream EDM. I love Mars Volta, they are very technical just for the sake of being technical sometimes and I try to incorporate that. I will also go the other way and attempt to structure something which’s readily accessible for someone that might not be into dance music or comfortable with those items. I will attempt to get a little more of a traditional pop-verse chorus arrangement and appeal to a larger market.

I love heavy metal, so I like Slipknot and shit like that. Growing up, the very first CD I ever bought was Linkin Park’s”Meteora”. If I was younger, technology home and what happening in New York at the time was a huge influence also. I was 15 or 16 years old going to these raves, enamored by the spectacle and the music, sorry dad. I mean I want to earn more home sooner or later, It’s in my blood as a New Yorker. 

EDM.COM:  So out of the imaginative process, what could you say might happen to be the most crucial aspect to dial into your sound? 

Luca Lush:  I would say being comfortable being eclectic, some say my sound is a lot more diverse than many different artists. You’ve got to be comfortable being uncomfortable and testing the waters of land you’re unfamiliar with. Before this week, someone described my type of songs as”variety-step”, and that’s really pretty accurate. 

Like I mentioned earlier, it is really important to get that feeling of community also. It’s good to have friends which are also into everything you’re doing and sort of pushing you ahead, which can be a huge impact. It’s nice to take influence from artists, I take influence from different artists to this day. I will check out my friend’s tunes that I think are dope and attempt to find it out in my own. I will spend an hour or two and just tap the arrangement, possibly reverse engineer some of the sounds, then I’ll go ask them . I really don’t want to seem like a dick and be like”Yo… Can I get that patch?” .

A whole lot of people may ask”How do I get better?” , but it is about having friends which are also doing it and actively providing you the constructive criticism. It’s good to have folks that aren’t going to blow smoke up your ass because they need something out of you. When they are doing their own thing, they can tell you frankly what is shit and what might be useful. At that point you might be similar to”I disagree with you here”, and then go your way using it. In the end of the afternoon, it is good to be able to get that sort of feedback in a truly honest manner. 



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