All passengers looking for a dope-ass ride to the heart of the dance floor, please proceed to the gate.
Luis Crucet might be one of the friendliest faces among Miami's up-and-coming DJs and producers, and he's got a new treat for everyone who's ever supported his funky yet aggressive style.
Control Tower is a five-song EP that takes the listener on a trek through musical highs and lows. It's a journey that took Crucet a year to complete, and he's so stoked to share it with the world that he's giving it away for free with help from Dubstep.net.
We sat down to talk with this kid who used to dedicate his life to rock 'n' roll, and learn how he hopes to spread the love to others along the way.
Crossfade: It seems like there's a definite storyline behind the Control Tower EP, the aeronautic theme is all over it. Was that intentional? How do you see it?
Crucet: Yeah. The way I built that release, there is a story behind it. I usually chill at the airport when I need to vent, and I'm always developing things in my head, and when I sat and I started watching planes take off, I started building a theme to it. It's a weird inspiration but I relate myself to an airplane. The fact that I'm on the come up as an artist like, sky's the limit, man. The fact that I can go anywhere with this entire project, it's actually like a wordless journey. I can drift off to anything and that's what I intentionally put myself into. It kind of prepares you before it happens. That's why I built the songs in order that way.
Did you actually write them in this order?
No, I put them in order like that on purpose. It's really simple. It's kind of like you're at the airport, you're going in the airplane, you take off and then you land. You had a weird journey, whatever it was, and that's what happens to human beings when they're doing whatever they want. You go on a journey, and then it ends somehow.
This took you about a year to put together. With that in mind, where did you start this journey, and where have you landed?
I actually started writing it a few months before I left to my first out of town show in New York, when I played Webster (Hall). I started in November, and then I got more inspired obviously when I started traveling and grabbing ideas from things that I would hear. I grabbed little samples of whatever I'd hear. But when I started it, it started off completely different, sounded less ready. It took me a while from all the sound engineering that I would get from my friends that obviously have proper experience hearing it in different sound systems, seeing if everything was correct and sounded correct, and all of that takes time. I'm a self-taught person. I would love to get lessons for sound engineering properly from much more expensive classes, but at the moment it's whatever I have; which is just a laptop and people that offer themselves. But it did take me about a year from when it first started into what it ended up. It sounded completely different.
So if you put so much work into it, why are you giving it away for free?
I feel that listeners help you out the most, and why not reward them? I love working on music all the time, any time of the day or night. I don't believe that something you make gets out there for just getting cash in return. I mean, it's cool that that happens, and at the same time I believe in those ideologies, but why not reward people that help you in the first place? They're the ones that are waiting and being loyal to you. So that's basically my vision on it, and from there on I was like, hey, why not give it to them for free? I went to the guys from dubstep.net and they said "hey, we love the EP, we'd love to put it out for you." I think it's much more of a reward for fans or listeners to grab free music. Music is made all the time, and you can make anything on the computer, so why not?
You're relatively new to the production game, and I know you were in a band before. Do you ever get flak from seasoned scenesters like, who is this new kid?
Not really. I haven't noticed. I mean, in blogs I do notice that people seem more like, "oh this guy, you can tell he was in a band" or "oh, typical guy from hardcore band does dubstep or electro blahblahblah." But sense I'm really talkative and I'm really open about new ideas and stuff, people can tell that my mind is open from what I used to be. And from there on, they can tell that I could write music whatever style it is, and just opened up my mind to other styles. But I did have people from I guess the "old crowd" that were like, "Oh, he sold out," or "I'm glad that he's doing what he does cause he's been in music for a long time." That's much more of an acknowledgment than a person that says "oh you sold out." Obviously, having common sense and playing your cards right with all that stuff.
It's funny someone would call you a sell-out.
I can't satisfy everybody. I know I'm going to have people that aren't going to acknowledge my music, and that's fine. Everyone has valid opinions about what taste they have with music and what ideologies or mentalities they have with music. But hey, the ones that are getting satisfied and acknowledging it, thank you. There're things that I appreciate, and those are things that I see. I'm always going be that person that responds to people who say "hey, I love your tunes, man." What is going to make you feel any better by the end of the day than hearing something like that? Some people you've never met in your life tell you that.
So what do you think about the local scene for up and comers such as yourself?
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It's happening man. I've been keeping a really close eye on GTA. They're doing crazy work right now, and I'm glad they're doing work because Miami needs up and comers that put out work and get recognized. They're out there, people are listening. Before the whole GTA phenomenon, people only recognized us for having the 24-hour nightlife or Ultra or just random clubs and shows where other artists would come from other places. But now we have these guys doing work and getting the proper recognition, and I'm happy for that. The best thing to do is respect a person's hard work and acknowledge them, help them get pushed and retweet their stuff.
In Miami, I feel that helping each other out is a huge factor that a lot of DJs or producers kind of drift away from. They don't like helping each other out, and I do that all the time. I go out of my way to sit down and work with anybody that wants to get to where they want to get to. I'm going to be sitting down after this release with a whole bunch of I guess "unknown names." I want to sit down and work on tunes with them because I feel like if people want to work and put out tracks, I feel they deserve to be out there. Why not? I got there with all my hard work, and I didn't think I was going to get there, so why not put people out there that deserve it?
Download: Atrasolis's Control Tower EP