SixthSense Talks #5 – Luis M ⠀⠀⠀

Luis, thanks for joining us for this interview. We have been massive fans of your work for a number of years now, absolutely honoured to get to know you a bit more.

SS: Firstly, how are you. What have you been upto during the last few months (during COVID-19). What’s the situation like where you are at the moment.

LM: Hey guys, first of all thank you for having me. All is good around here, things are going smoothly, though there are still no events in Portugal yet. I’ve been working super hard lately in two different occupations in order to support myself financially as a result of COVID-19. Playing gigs was my main source of income before all this happened, so I had to find solutions and I’ve actually started teaching music now. I have 2 students attending some lessons with me every week and it’s been a super positive challenge. 

SS: Tell us a bit more about your musical journey prior to releasing your first record under Luis M. What were your first inspirations. And what drove you to writing this style of driving, minimal techno with psychedelic influences? 

LM: I’ve always been listening to electronic music since I was 10 – 11 years old. I always had a natural sense of music, used to play the keyboard by ear with my grandfather from a very young age. At the age of 16, I started going out, and as I felt that music on a proper sound system for the first time. A few months later I started mixing music in my room. I was that guy always asking the DJ for the track ID every time I heard something I liked. By the age of 20, I started to go to proper open-air parties where I got most of my musical influence from artists like Extrawelt and Perfect Stranger.

SS: You are notoriously famous for your baselines. Yuli stated over a live interview that he was in awe of your low end groove. How long did it take for you to perfect that frequency range. Any tips for young producers who strive for a healthy kick-bass relationship. 

LM: That’s very surprising to know that Yuli stated such a thing as he is one of my main inspirations. It’s such an honour to be able to work with him these days. It took me a few years to get that bass sounding right but took me more time to get the kick sounding right. Kick and bass are the most important elements of a track for me. This is the first thing I hear when I listen to a track for the first time. Of course, we need a good story being told, but in my opinion kick + bass are the most important, especially for electronic music. To get that bass sounding right I advise working with a synth that has loads of low end, choose a fat waveform (you can use a spectrum analyzer for this too), then it’s all about the glide/portamento and signal processing. You can add bass amps, sidechain compression, distortion/saturation, and plug/ins like R-Bass from Waves to excite its harmonics… just tweek her till it’s fat enough. Then you can use 2 layers, one for the sub-bass and one for the mid-bass.

SS: What has been your favourite release as an artist.

LM: Forest Escape and Enchanted Valley are my favourites. Funny that I did both tracks after I came back from India, one in 2016 and the other in 2019.

SS: Have you got any other side projects going? Tell me a bit more about them 

LM: I just started a new project recently together with António from Floating Machine called Schysto. It’s faster and darker however, still with the Luis M bassline. 

SS: What has been your favourite memory as a performing artist to date. And what are your dream goals you would like to tick off.

LM: Definitely the first festival I played in my life 4/5 years ago at the Alchemy Circle at Boom Festival. As soon as I finished playing, I felt so good and it was worth all the years of work doing my thing to finally get to play on such an amazing stage.

SS: Any fellow artists / peers that have been a massive help to you over the years ? Anyone you would like to thank ?

LM: I would love to thank Flembaz, Yuli Fershtat and of course to all the artists who I collaborate with, remix or who’s music I play. 

SS: When can we expect you in Australia, we are dying to host you over here.

LM: Hopefully when this Covid situation allows parties to kick off again and I get invited to fly over. I had the opportunity to come in the past but unfortunately, I was busy and could not make it, but I feel the right time will eventually come. Big hugs to the SixthSense Australia crew and I hope to meet you and party together soon.

Massive thank you to Luis M for being such a legend and giving us a little insight into his life as an artist and some of his processes as well. You can follow his pages through the links below.