Interview: Laidback Luke

04 Dec 2011

Ahead of his gig at Creamfields, Abu Dhabi, top DJ Laidback Luke talks about his adventurous musical life. Plus, how you can win tickets to Creamfields!

He spent his teenage years as a graffiti artist (quite a popular one at that!) but the world of music soon beckoned Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen. And then there was Laidback Luke! The Dutch DJ and producer is now a top name in the musical world, and has worked with the best of the best, including David Guetta, Steve Angello and Example, and wowed audiences the world over. He’s one of the headliners at Creamfields in Abu Dhabi from 8 to 9 December 2011, and you can be sure he’s going to rock!

Headlining Creamfields are international superstars including Deadmau5, Tiesto, Magnetic Man, Tinie Tempah, Katy B, Yousef, John Digweed, Danny Howells, Marco Corola, Derick Carter, Riva Star, Italoboyz plus a host of local DJs.

Want to catch Laidback Luke in action at Creamfields, with all the other top talent? We're on it!

For your chance to get lucky and win a pair of Weekend Pass to Creamfields from 8 to 9 December in Yas Arena, Abu Dhabi here’s our ticket giveaway challenge: Check out our interview with Laidback Luke, and then go to our Facebook page and tell us who the DJ collaborated with for Turbulence. 

You used to be a keen graffiti artist. Do you get much time to practice your art now?
Yes, I did some graffiti as a teenager. My first talent in life is drawing. Unfortunately, I don't have much time to draw anymore. But I see my music as my graffiti nowadays!

What can the Abu Dhabi crowd expect from your set?
I always try to bring energy and fun to my performance. I'm known for a lot of live mashing up and bringing the Swedish bigroom sound meets the Dutch sound. I call it 'Swedutch'!

What’s your all-time favourite track?
That would be Love Like a Sunset by Phoenix. Whenever I hear it, I just see my life flashing by! Such a rush! But beware, this is not a dance track at all!

What are the positives and negatives to being a DJ?
The positives are that you live a life of music, which you love, and that you get to bring the joy and pleasure of this music to a lot of people. It's a blessing to give people such great memories while doing what you love. The spark of music keeps us feeling alive. The negatives are that we are never home. We live in various hotel rooms, and we only sleep about four-hours a day on an average, while on tour.

What advice would you give to up and coming DJs on how to make a name for themselves?
Focus on your dream. Work the hardest you can, with a lot of discipline. Always try to stay nice and be open to criticism. Stay eager to learn as this will help you grow. Start producing tracks! This will get your name out there in the world. Never ever give up on your dream! There will be times you are tempted to, but keep going and you WILL make it. Do check my website www.laidbackluke/forum as I have a lot of talent that I train there. People like Afrojack, Avicii, Bart B. More and Bingo Players are some of my students.

What’s been your career high so far?
The best is yet to come!

Do you have plans to collaborate with hip hop/pop artists like David Guetta and Benny Benassi, among others, have?
Well, I did team up with Lil Jon for Turbulence. We're currently reaching out to a few others. Let’s see how things turn out.