Today’s YHS Artist Spotlight shines on Michigan hip-hop/electronic producer Luke Superior. His new single “Ego Death” is an atmospheric banger, and well-crafted showcase of his production style.
MB: Can you give an introduction to how you got started producing music?
LS: I started producing music around 2009 when I heard Dubstep and Drum & Bass coming out of the UK from artists like Trolley Snatcha and Koan sound. I learned to produce initially from watching YouTube tutorials. I had FL Studio 6 wired from my laptop through an 1/8” headphone jack into my guitar amp when I first started producing. Those were the days.
MB: What city do you live in and how does that city influence your music if at all?
LS: I live in Redford currently. I grew up in Farmington, so it's just a couple minute drive into Downtown Detroit. The main influences I have from Detroit are Dilla, Griz, Danny Brown and Eminem.
MB: What made you want to submit your music to Young Heavy Souls?
LS: Like I said, I grew up in Farmington where Plus Skateshop is. I heard Airjob’s music from a CD I grabbed there. I think I found the Young Heavy Souls Soundcloud through his page. Also, Eliot Lipp has been a huge inspiration for me as a producer.
MB: How much time do you spend composing, mixing and master your music?
LS: I spend as much time as I need to compose the music, a little more time mixing to get a better sound, and as much time as I need to spend mastering to be happy with the final product.
MB: Any upcoming shows or releases you want to promote?
LS: I'm working on my first album this year. It's going to be produced almost entirely by me and feature a lot of rappers I've been doing work with. I have a single from the album coming out in April featuring Mara Lee, Solomon Da God, and Josh and the Band. I'm also in the process of opening a studio with two other audio engineers in Redford called Moonbend Studios.
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Interview and Words by Matt Black