We at Dancing Astronaut have realized that our readership is teeming with talent that has yet to be discovered. We’re also incredibly enthusiastic that so many of you have begun to contribute to the EDM community with your own tracks and musical styles — and the incredible amount of promos we get on a daily basis can attest to that. Stargazers is a column that will showcase members of the DA community and recognize their talents as original EDM producers! We encourage all of you to support your fellow DA fanatics- any of you could be headlining Ultra’s Main Stage someday.
While we know you all enjoy hearing the latest release from Afrojack or Swedish House Mafia, we at Dancing Astronaut are also committed to bringing you music from exciting new talents. Allow us to introduce you to Fabio Lendrum. While only 21 years only, Fabio has already produced music for Example and is signed to the same management as Chase & Status and Knife Party. He has just completed a DJ residency at London’s Koko and with a brand new EP out on Warner/Big Beat Records later this month, things are starting to shape up in a big way for Fabio. Check out our exclusive interview and some of Fabio’s tunes after the break.
Fabio, who cites Wolfgang Gartner & Mark Ronson as influences, began producing around the age of 14. A fortuitously placed eJay360 producer CD in a cereal box provided all the inspiration needed. Fabio began cutting up samples to make hip hop beats for local rappers to feature on. A year later he bought himself his first set of turntables and has been producing and DJing ever since.
Fabio Lendrum – Out The Water (501 Remix) [Exclusive Preview]
Editor’s Note: Dubstep fans will love this – it has a real Nero meets Flux Pavilion vibe to it.
After co-writing/producing Example’s top 10 hit “Won’t Go Quietly,” Fabio has moved on to pursue a solo career. His Alpha EP which features several original tracks as well as remixes from 501, Cookie Monsta, Mikkas & Husman, David Kay and more, is out on September 3rd. While he says he hates trying to predict the future and is a firm believer in taking things step by step, Fabio has set high goals for himself. He targets playing in Ibiza and at EDC Las Vegas next year and hopes to collaborate with the likes of Nicky Romero, Wolfgang Gartner and Kaskade within two years.
We’re always interested in artists’ differing creative processes and know that those of you who are producers are too. We asked Fabio about his:
Initially I choose a genre, either big room, electro, or deep house. Then I will listen to what ever I have downloaded recently in that genre (about 3-4 tracks) to get an idea of an arrangement and sounds I may use. I find a synth sound I like and then work on a chord structure, or an audio sample which I cut up and pitch. I’ve been working a lot with David Kay recently and we’ve been bouncing ideas over Skype to each other which works pretty perfectly. We vibe easily and seem to get things into shape pretty quick. David is awesome at mixing down tracks and I usually leave him to that on the Electro, big house ones, but I love staying up all night to do the deep house tracks.
While Fabio considers himself a traditionalist and loves playing on vinyl, he claims massive modern sound systems that cause needle vibrations have made it nearly impossible to continue to playing on turntables. He loves working with CDJ’s but has recently started using Smithonson Martin’s futuristic Emulator DVS for live performances. He likes using this as all his actions are visible from the crowd’s side and in an era of DJs ‘just pressing play,’ Fabio likes his audience to know that there are still some real DJs out there!
Being an extremely talented singer, DJ, and producer, certainly qualifies Fabio as a name to watch and we’re excited to see what the future holds for him. Support him on Facebook & Soundcloud and stay tuned for more news on the release of his debut EP!