Interview with L.O.R.D.I.E
Written by Sacha Wall on January 4, 2018
Today sees the launch of Francesca Rose all female ‘Thorned Radio‘ show from 11pmGMT/6pmEST. The first show features a guest mix from L.O.R.D.I.E. We caught up with her for a chat about herself, her influences and inspirations and of course her music.
Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us and delivering a fantastic guest mix for Thorned Radio. For starters could you tell us a little about yourself?
Thanks ever so much Guys – Really happy to be featured! Hmmnn where do I start?! I was born & raised in Staffordshire, West Midlands…Not a million miles away from Birmingham in the UK. Although I’m relatively new to the scene my obsession with music started at a young age – I learnt to play a number of different instruments at pre-school; everything from piano to the clarinet and drums. My family were really musical, so our house was always filled with different kinds of music. I guess that’s why as a child I’d listen to all genres; literally lock myself away with my cassettes for hours on end (definitely showing my age there hehe!)
How did you get started DJing and what or who were your early influences?
Since the age of about 14 or 15, I’ve never stopped going out. I used to try and go out whenever I could; clubs, house parties, you name it. I’ve always been really into music – It’s my happy place. I love the power it has; the way it makes you feel. After experiencing euphoric energy going off in a room, I wanted to create it. I had the desire to learn and push the boundaries of what I could do, so I learnt to DJ.
When I started to take DJ’ing seriously, artists like Lauren Lane, Black Madonna and Chelina Manuhutu were a big influence, and continue to inspire me in different ways today.
Since you produce as well, how was the process leading up to your first ever release?
Initially I took time to figure out my sound – Lots of hard work went on in the background before I felt like I was ready to share my work with anyone. Once I was happy and comfortable with my productions, I started to contact labels for the first time – Nerve racking!! You’re essentially putting a piece of your heart & soul out there for open criticism, and have no idea how it’ll be received. As a new artist you get a lot of knock backs at first, but it’s important to be resilient and not take it to heart – Learn from the feedback and most importantly, keep going.
Nothing beats the feeling when you sign your first record deal. That’s just the tip of the iceberg & there’s so much to happen from there on in. Contracts, mastering, remixes, artwork, PR campaigns etc…I didn’t appreciate how hectic label release schedules were; it can take months between signing the deal & releasing the track(s).
Then before you know it, it’s on sale…You’re now in the hands of everyone else; you just hope it’s well received and supported!
What was your reaction when finding out your original Alpha, Remix by Darius Syrossian reached #18 in the Beatport Tech House top 100?
I still feel absolutely speechless; the support has been completely overwhelming! As a relatively new artist releasing their first EP, I know I’m incredibly lucky to have worked with Darius. He’s a world class artist who I’ve respected and looked up to for years, so I was over the moon when he agreed to the remixes. What can I say – He absolutely smashed it out of the park!! I’ll never forget the day Darius & his fiancé Lauren sent me a video of him playing his remix of Alpha at the Amnesia Tour in Brixton – The room exploded when the track dropped & we knew it was something pretty special. It charted at #97, and then jumped an incredible 79 places within a week to finish within the Beatport Top 20 Tech House Releases at #18. I’ll never forget that feeling of excitement, rushing on to Beatport every day at midday to see how it was doing. I felt like a child at Christmas haha!
For those that have never heard your music before, how would you describe the L.O.R.D.I.E sound?
Rolling, groovy techno infused house….Wow that’s a lot of words haha!!
We understand that the industry can be seen as “male-dominated”. How has it been being a woman in the industry? Any challenges?
Musical ability has nothing to do with gender, and DJ’s should be booked because of their talent and passion, not because they’re either male or female. As far as encouraging more women to join the music industry is concerned, I think the more people see women DJ’ing, the better. Representation matters and added visibility is key, that’s why I think it’s great that Thorned are showcasing Female Talent to raise awareness; hopefully it helps inspire aspiring Female DJ’s to think ‘If she learnt to do it, I can learn to do it too’. We all need role models and idols to inspire us to realise our dreams.
What is your own advice for aspiring female DJs/Producers?
Firstly, whatever you choose to do, do it from the heart. You have to be in it for your love of music.
Secondly, find your sound. Everyone develops as an artist but it’s important to be clear with who you are and what you play from the outset. When producing it’s vital to develop and know your own sound – This takes time & is something which can’t be rushed or taught.
Developing and building a network is also really important. Do some research on people within your space and really make the effort to get to know them. This has really helped me with recent collaborations as I know the artists on a personal level; we became friends. It’s much better to build a strong network, no matter how long it takes, so each mix you send is going to someone you’ve been able to introduce yourself to. The same goes for record labels – Make sure you know the labels background, style and sound before approaching them…always make sure you’re well informed and demos are relevant; the response rate and engagement levels are so much higher! ]
Can you share any special deets on what you’re working on now? Any new releases we should look forward to in 2018?
I feel extremely lucky to have entered 2018 with a nice little release schedule. This is how it’s looking for the next three months:
January : Single entitled ‘Chug A Lug’ released on Shanghaied Records
February : Track entitled ‘Breakneck’ featured on VA for Resonance Records
March : Four track EP on Under No Illusion…Featuring two huge remixes but I can’t reveal who just yet!
What was your favourite or your “go to” tune of 2017?
Gosh there’s sooooo many…Tough question!
I absolutely love a track from Bicep called Glue, which was released back in September. It’s ridiculously well put together and is my go to track at an after party.
When all the partying is over how do you like to chill out?
I’m pretty active and weirdly enough, love extreme sports! For me there’s nothing better than heading off to Wales with my Mountain Bike in tow and shredding some downhill trails. The fresh mountain air does me the world of good and it’s the bit of escapism I need every once in a while! Not exactly chilling but I wouldn’t have it any other way.