Luke Fair - One of Canada's Future Heros

Being tipped by Danny Howells and Deep Dish as their 'future hero' in DJ Mag's Top 100 issue, Canada's Luke Fair native talent is now making his presence felt more then ever.

He's performing at some of the most prestigious venues and events in the world each and every week-end and he recently supported John Digweed on yet another Bedrock tour across the US and now after he playing at the Coloursfest massive event in Scotland, he's looking forward to his second festival this summer, the mammoth Godskitchen's Global Gathering.

Constantly editing tracks to fit his sets, he distinguishes himself by other djs trough his sets which involve anything from groovy house and techno to funky progressive and electro. 2005 has seen some superb production from the hands of Luke Fair in his 4 track EP for Bedrock that demonstrated both the diversity and talent at his disposal. Now he returns on Bedrock with his debut mix compilation and the third on the Original Series, OS_03, which is 'is pretty far away from the stereotypical Bedrock sound', as he speaks.

The CD was mixed completely live in his Luke's studio and it's employing his familiar funky, melodic and 'live' sound that has rocked the dance floors from Buenos Aires to Bedrock London and Singapore to Space in Miami and continues to go even further.

It's just about customizing. So many times you hear something you don't like in a track, so I just cut it out or extend bits that I do like.
BeatFactor: Are you still finding yourself listening to rock music these days, like Def Leppard or U2?

Luke Fair: I try and listen to a bit of everything these days! But yeah, every now and then a rock cd will make its way into the player.

BF: Do you consider the bootleg of 'Silver and Gold' by U2 the track that push your career forward?

L.F.: Definitely. That was how I was first contacted by John Digweed and Deep Dish, they were reacting to the 'Silver and Gold' track I had sent them. It opened up a lot of doors.

BF: What about the other 2 tracks that you did to show them to Digweed after?

L.F.: Those tracks were Kritical and Let U Know, that eventually came out on Bedrock Black about a year after.

BF: Do you recall how your first public appearance as a DJ was?

L.F.: Scared to death! It was at a club here in Toronto called 'Foundation'. I played with my old DJ partner and my hands were shaking the whole time.

BF: What is your say to being considered "a true future hero"?

L.F.: It's definitely an honor to be recognized by my peers, and especially those DJs who I grew up listening to, and looking up to for so long.

BF: How was the extensive tour you had last year with John Digweed? You actually made it to Romania too, that was a crazy night!

L.F.: It was a lot of fun. The highlight for me was Cavo Paradiso in Greece. The club is incredible. It's on a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea, about 100 metres up! When the sun rises on the club over the cliff, it's absolutely mind blowing.

BF: You are well known for the re-edits that you apply on the tracks to integrate them into your set. Is there any secret formula that you use?

L.F.: No real formula. It's just about customizing. So many times you hear something you don't like in a track, so I just cut it out or extend bits that I do like. It opens up a lot more possibilities on tracks I can play. Before when I was just playing records, I would avoid those tunes because you couldn't edit them obviously.

BF: Recently you have released your debut mix CD on Bedrock, called OS_0.3. When has the album initially been planned and how long did it take to do the mix?

L.F.: I knew about it for about half a year before the release date, but as usual I left it till the last minute!!! I had been slowly keeping my ears open for tunes during that time, then a week or two before it was due I mixed it. I mixed it all live in my studio, so the actual mixing process was fairly quick.

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Luke Fair - One of Canada's Future Heros

June 19, 2005 at 11:29 PM CEST


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BF: Did you encounter any difficulties in finding the tracks and putting them together?

L.F.: I definitely stressed about it a bit more, as this is my first proper retail compilation where I am supposed to represent what I'm all about. I definitely had to get it right. I was fortunate with finding tracks because a lot of producers sent me material which I used. The other half of the cd is all tracks that are released, but came out 'under the radar' so to speak. The hidden bombs that I love finding!!!

BF: What can you tell us about the album in conjunction with your other Bedrock releases and with the overall Bedrock sound?

L.F.: I think that the CD is pretty far away from the stereotypical Bedrock 'sound'. These days they are one of the most diverse underground labels, but many people still see them as dark progressive. The CD definitely has more of a fun vibe to it...with a lot of funky summery stuff.

BF: Is there anything that influenced you while working on the album?

L.F.: No real outside sources influenced it, I just tried to take all the parts of dance music I like and fitting it on the cd. My influences change weekly so I wouldn't be able to name just one.

BF: What particular events or festivals are you really looking forward to this summer?

L.F.: I just played Coloursfest in Scotland which was a lot of fun, and Godskitchen's Global Gathering is definitely circled on my calendar for the July 30-31 weekend. It's going to be insane.

BF: What do you do when you're not around music?

L.F.: Most of the time I just chill with my girlfriend. Stay in, watch movies...visit friends. I've seen her less and less this summer so every minute I get at home we try and make the most of it. The OS3 tour is pretty extensive.

BF: In your opinion, what does a young dj has to do to draw attention to him in these days?

L.F.: The most important thing is to try and create your own sound. Something that sets you apart from all the other DJs. I know it sounds cliché, but I can't stress it enough. You have to offer something different. Editing tracks are a great way to start, and it's very easy. It lets you personalize your sets. Production helps so much too. There's no better publicity than someone on the other side of the planet playing your record.

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