Modcast #144: Light Year

Aussie producer Light Year is making 2013 his own. He kicked off the year with a killer techno-tinged bootleg of Tame Impala's 'Be Above It' before fuelling up the tour bus and setting off in support of The Presets on their Australian National Tour. To top it all off his latest release, 'Bliss EP', came out this week on This is Music. Have a taste of the title track here.

It's only April. Check out his Modcast and read up in our brief chat with the man below.

I'm confused, where are you based at the moment?

I spent some time in LA last year then came back to Oz for the summer. At the moment I'm living in the UK. At some point I want to move overseas so I'm kind of testing the water in certain places and seeing where I would like to live. London has been great and thankfully I missed the worst of the European winter.

What was the most annoying request you got from a punter on the last tour?

I have actually been quite lucky on my most recent tour and received no shockers. There was one in Washington D.C. Before I even had a chance to press play on my first record, a girl stuck her phone in my face and requested Salt'n'Pepa Shoop, which in the grand scheme of annoying requests is far from the worst. I politely told her I didn't have it on my usb and went about my set.

You must have been shielded on stage during the Presets dates. Were you tailoring the sets for bigger rooms or did you go deep into your own world?

The Presets tour was so much fun. I would play a different set each night and tailor a warm up set before Parachute Youth and a more upfront set before The Presets. It was a different experience playing at those shows though. The crowd was there to see The Presets and the energy of a live band so it was tough at times to get a reaction. By the end of the tour I was used to it and I just played whatever I wanted as it didn't particularly matter. As long as Kim and Julian made it on stage my job was pretty easy to be honest.

'Moderation' was a big deal. What inspired you to take it up a notch with 'Bliss'?

I tried not to look at it like that and put pressure on myself. Instead I was just trying to keep the quality of music high and moving forward, not stagnating and repeating myself. I'm trying to build towards having a number of releases this year and Bliss is only the first of a possible 4-5.

You're a recent university graduate. What did you study?

I strangely studied Economics, which doesn't have all that much to do with the world of nightclubs/DJing/producing.

Without giving away your secrets, how are you discovering new music at the moment?

I swap plenty of music between friends. I keep up to date with the DJs that I like checking their mixes and playlists for something I haven't heard before or artists that are new to me. I use the obvious online avenues too like Beatport and iTunes so no big secrets but I'm always on the look out for new music.

Footprintz - The Favourite Game (Ivan Smagghe On A Thin White Line Remix)
The Finger Prince - Your Face
Toro Y Moi - Rose Quartz (Richnuss Edit)
Djs Pareja - Saxo Temor
Phil Kieran - Saturdays
Lewie Day - Money
Odyssey, Waze - Feel My Voices
Theo Parrish - Synthetic Flemm
N.Y. House'n Authority - Ravenswood House
Loco Dice - Pimp Jackson Is Talking Now!!!
Boddika & Joy Orbison - &fate
Strip Steve - Micro (Light Year & Jensen Interceptor Remix)
Matthew Styles - Hot!
Harvard Bass - Cream
Hrdvsion - Prettier Than That (Hrdvsion Remix)
Locked Groove - Firefall
Levon Vincent - Double Jointed Sex Freak (Part 3)
Four Tet - For These Times
Dollskabeat - Bored Of Shit (Vakula Remix)

April 11, 2013 at 8:16am in modcast



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