Behind The Beat With Producer Lookas
By: Mix 247 EDM
This weekend, I saw Lookas perform at this year's Bloom festival in Salt Lake City, Utah, put on by Lights Out Live. He absolutely killed it and everyone else felt the same vibe too! This dude definitely knows how to light up a crowd. After his set, I had a chance to talk to the rockstar producer himself to talk about his goals and inspirations, and let me tell you – he inspires the f**k 'outta me!
Read our exclusive interview with Lookas below:
What inspired you to step into the music, specifically EDM?
There were a lot of huge inspirations like Swedish House Mafia back in the day. I started listening to house music when I was around 15-16 – I loved it and I went to my first Ultra in 2015. Avicii was massive – rest in peace, legend. Swedish House Mafia, Laidback Luke, Skrillex was starting to get poppin', just all that stuff! They had a huge influence on me and then I started making music when I was eighteen – I dropped out of college, I got fired from my first job!
What was your first job?
I was working at an IT department for an insurance company. I was just racking up hundreds of papers and it was f**king horrible and I would stay up all night 'till like 4 AM and would have to be up by six to get to work by seven. So I would go to work, get two hours of sleep every day, and it started getting draining and I wasn't doing work, so they fired me. Then I told my parents 'Hey, give me some gear and I'm gonna work my ass off writing music!' It paid off.
Yeah, look where you are today! You're one of the headliners for Bloom and it's incredible!
Yeah, it's a lot of fun! It's awesome!
What shows would you normally attend before you started listening to EDM? Any other genres?
I love hip-hop, I love a lot of punk rock – Rise Against, Strung Out, Linkin Park – those are just a few names. There are so many bands I love – Incubus… I just met the singer for Incubus the other day!
How was that?!
He's a legend. I was playing in Houston while he was playing a festival and we were on the same flight back to LA. It was crazy, I was like 'Yo, I've been listening to your music since I was like 13-14 years old, you're a legend!' Love him!
Where and when would you say was the first show that led you to where you are today?
My first huge show I have ever played was Beyond Wonderland back in 2015. It was the first festival I have ever played and I played a Sunset set – I brought my parents out and it was f**king awesome! It was so sick – it was a sunset and the horizon was these two mountains, so the sun set behind the mountains and there were 30,000 people in front of me and it was insane! I was losing my sh*t out there – I was shaking, I was so nervous. It was crazy.
Was it the main stage or was it one of the backup stages? Because sometimes sunset sets can have an interesting layout.
It was a side stage, but it had huge production, so it almost felt like the main stage for me. The main stage was huge! But this stage was massive as well. It was really an incredible experience for sure.
Wow, that's super dope! I've always wanted to experience one!
Yeah, it's definitely a good time of day – it changes the vibe. Sunset sets are so cool because you have that daytime vibe and everyone's kinda' just poppin' off, and then it starts to get dark and everybody gets weird – it's wild!
A month or two ago, you released a track with Krewella! Want to tell us more about it?
Yeah, I did a three-track EP through MonsterCat, and one of the songs featured Krewella called "Alarm". Cool story behind that, I hung out with them in LA and they wanted to work, so we ended up writing – I ended up writing their single before "Alarm", which was "Be There", and then we were like 'F**k it, let's write another song!'. They showed me their demo for "Alarm", and I thought it was tight. I ended up finishing that record and it turned out to be really dope.
I dig "Alarm" so Y'all did an awesome job!
Hell yeah! Thank you!
Do you see yourself working with Krewella more?
100%! We're already talking right now! They're in Asia right now and I'm 'gonna link back up with them when they're back in LA. We're definitely 'gonna write a bunch of music.
Read the entire interview at Mix 247 EDM