TURN UP THE BASS caught up with British producer Chris Lake at Miami WMC for a chat about his new single “Squeak,” disappointment in the current state of dance music, and making new tracks with Crookers, Tommy Trash, and Botnek. Check it out!
How is Miami going so far?
It’s just great. I love the wide variety of artists coming together and I get to see so many people I haven’t seen for a while. Especially since I’m not in the UK anymore it’s nice to catch up with all my British friends.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen here so far?
A lot of shit tattoos. People need to realize it might not be a good idea to get new ink every 6 weeks.
What are your next tracks coming out?
I have one called “Squeak,” which is a groovy big-room house record I did a few months ago. It’s been working really well for me, I really like it. It’s a good blend of the old Chris Lake and the new Chris Lake.
What do you think is gonna be the next big thing?
That’s a good question. I would love something not involving a trance synth, that would be fantastic.
So no nexus presets maybe?
No nexus presets. But you know what there might be some visibly well achieving producers out there who have fantastic brands, fantastic marketing, they manage to get their name all over the place, but their records are just like paper thin in their quality, their ideas, and the work to create something unique. It’s just not happening that often in the big-room kinda realm and that’s disappointing. It would be nice if more quality came through, stuff that really pushes boundaries a lot harder. I’m not trying to be disrespectful but the music that has been really popular this year is some of the most simple music – and it’s not good simplicity, it’s like really cheap simplicity that’s worryingly easy to recreate and copy. It’s worrying how many have recreated and copied – that’s not good and it happens all the time. I hope we get to point where artists sit down with their management thinking how we are gonna have a good year by creating really good music instead of thinking about how we are gonna market it.
Or thinking how to make hits instead of how to make quality tunes.
I think it’s better to focus on what people will be dancing to in the future instead of thinking what they are dancing to now and how to recreate that. At Rising we always are thinking six months ahead.
So what are your predictions for six months ahead of now.
Well you will just have to keep an out for the records we are releasing. We got some cool stuff, some interesting records. We got something coming from a new act called Cobra Effect but I’m not gonna tell you who is behind it. Also, some great Nom de Strip material.
Who are your artists to watch this year?
Deorro, Nom de Strip, and Botnek.
Your favorite non-EDM album?
Massive Attack – ‘Tear Drop,’ I would love to work with them.
What’s coming up next for you?
I have a track with Crookers. It’s fucking weird. At the moment it’s called “Meow” because it sounds like a cat. Also more stuff with Tommy Trash and a really cool track with Botnek.
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