LessThan3: What’s your New Year’s Resolution?
Chris Lake: I gotta stop swearing. I swear quite a lot; I’m going to curb that.
LessThan3: How do you musically differentiate the different parts of your sets, if at all?
Chris Lake: I take a different approach. I know a lot of guys group tracks into genres and try to play similar records together. I was thinking about this the other day–maybe I see links between records that other people don’t see. I mix everything together and go along with the crowd.
LessThan3: Which part of your set is typically the favorite of yours to play? The beginning, the middle or the end?
Chris Lake: I really don’t have a favorite part of a set. I mean, I always try to wrap things up towards the end but my sets are always different. Sometimes I’ll go right off at the beginning and bring it down.
LessThan3: Any news on when the Chris Lake Podcast will return to its monthly glory?
Chris Lake: Sh*t, there’s no way to sugarcoat this one. Basically, I had a really nice studio setup back in London. Then back in December, the last time I did a proper podcast, I moved to southern California. I haven’t had a studio since then–I don’t have a nice place to do proper vocal work. But I get a new studio soon. I’m moving into a new setup next month; it’ll be the first one since I got to the States.
LessThan3: It seems like a lot of producers are making the permanent trek out to Los Angeles.
Chris Lake: It’s convenient living out here. It has access to great artists I can work with and it’s easier to commute to a lot of the cities I play at.
LessThan3: Your label, Rising Music, had a big year. You released TJR’s Funky Vodka, and the track went on to be transformed into a commercially successful song. What makes Rising stand out from the countless labels out there today?
Rising’s been a part of my career for a long time now. I’ve always been keen to find new artists and help develop them. We’ve done that a lot on the label; Deadmau5
, Sebastien Leger
, and Rene Amesz all had early releases on Rising. Now TJR, a great f*cking DJ, is doing well. We’re working with Tujamo
for an upcoming release and we’re looking forward to some new work from Nom De Strip
. We like developing people; we’re not here to just put out some singles and make some money. Deadmau5, Sebastien and Rene all have standalone careers now, but back when they put out records with us, they didn’t. We look into developing an artist and grow them into something bigger.
LessThan3: You mentioned Deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman). Now you’re part of his label, Mau5trap. What’s that like?
We’ve been good friends for quite a while now. I actually introduced him to my management, which is now also his management. It’s amazing what Joel’s developed and I’m happy to be a part of it. Mau5trap has great exposure and a big fanbase, and they have my favorite artist in electronic music right now, Noisia
. It’s a great family to be a part of.
LessThan3: Are there any trends in EDM that disturb you?
Chris Lake: Producers trying to copy each other rather than innovating and finding their own sound. It’s boring, it’s not unique. I’ve been involved in the scene now for 12 years, and producers copying each other has always been going on. There’s always been sh*t music. There have always been genres that aren’t cool but are commercially successful and genres that are cool but aren’t commercial at all.
LessThan3: Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?
Chris Lake: One horse-sized duck I suppose. Quality over quantity.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Chris Lake: Emotional. Sexy. Groovy. What a f*cking sh*t word that is. Oh sh*t, see? I swore. Gotta work on that.