Sunday, September 25, 2022

Q&A with cyberpunk influenced music producer LukHash

Releasing his latest album We Are Stardust via NRW Records last week, Polish music producer LukHash diverts from genre norms. The producer prioritizes having fun while making music that is true to his creative bone. Thinking outside of the box when looking for overall inspiration the producer has a regular online presence on TikTok, picking up traction  for his noteworthy videos. LukHash uses the cyberpunk sound landscape and combines acoustic elements into the mix.

LukHash talks about music production and his fascination with social media below.

What was your first entry into music appreciation? And music production?

Music has always played an important part in my life, ever since I can remember. I started  playing the piano at the age of four, and at age six I began my musical education at a public music school in Wroclaw, Poland. I did that until the age of 19, and then started producing music under the alias LukHash.

What led you to the styles and sounds you work with today?

Over time I’ve listened to a lot of different genres, therefore my influences are very diverse. I love everything from Metal to Techno. And you can probably catch elements of different genres in my sound, however one of my biggest influences has always been 80’s and 90’s video game soundtracks.

What key pieces of gear/software are you using to define your sound?

I use a modern DAW with a number of virtual instruments, as well as some original 80’s computers and consoles. I guess what defines my music more than anything is the strong presence of video game-related sounds, especially the Commodore 64 & Nintendo Entertainment System.

What inspires you outside of music?

I get inspired by the people I meet, life and the places I visit. I try to capture my emotions with my music. Each song and each album will have its own identity, as it’s an outcome of my mood and feelings.

When you compose and produce tracks, do you make music for yourself or do you make it with others in mind?

The key idea behind this project is to provide an outlet for my creativity and to have some fun. Over time I found it an escape from day-to-day challenges. Music helps me release the emotions that I don’t necessarily want to share in other ways. Of course, I like to share my work with my listeners. The thought of knowing that my music is  being enjoyed by so many people is truly magical and makes the whole process even more enjoyable.

What is the best or strangest reaction you’ve had to your music this far?

I was really surprised when one of my recent videos showing a chiptune song I composed using 8-bit computer tracker software became very popular on TikTok. There were all sorts of comments I received, but the general feedback was that people loved the sound. Some even asked how they can start producing this type of sound. It’s very encouraging to see this interest in the chip sound. I actually feel this is probably some of the best times we’ve ever had to promote it to the younger generations. I definitely want to release more music like that.

What is your opinion on the ever-expanding genre tree? How do you navigate categorizing your creative output?

I love when artists explore new creative territories. Personally, I don’t give too much thought as to what style I create. I blend sounds that I think will go well together and that would be the most fun to work on during the creative process. I’m currently signed to NRW Records and they’re very open minded when it comes to new ideas. This is great as it doesn’t restrict my creative freedom in any way.

Do you consider the Internet and social media as fundamental in building a career in music today, and what is your personal relationship with the new technology at hand?

Social media provides an important bridge between artists and fans. I think engagement with your audience plays a very important role and works both ways. I like to provide regular updates across all social platforms, even by sharing a short snippet of something I’m currently working on or something I’m really excited about. I also love reading online comments about how much someone has enjoyed my song or an album. My followers inspire new ideas. I am actually working on one of those ideas now. This alone makes it worthwhile for me to have a regular online presence.

Follow LukHash:

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Youtube

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