It has been an exciting week for two young producers and two of my friends, ASW and Lassi. Primal Ideologies, the debut electro house album is available for free download. I was especially excited to hear the album because I’ve had the pleasure of seeing both of these guys perform live and also had the chance to hang out and get to hear some of their original productions and remixes still in the works. I posted their single, The Banshee, a while back and I’ve been anticipating the album ever since.
I’m honored to present my interview with Lassi about his crazy year, the new album and more.
You’ve come a long way in a really short amount of time, can you tell me a little bit about what thats been like?
It’s really been an interesting journey. I’ve been playing music for so many years now and I still feel the same as I did when I was 14 playing at the Paris Theatre in Portland. I’ve always been a go-getter and instigated ideas that others wouldn’t.
I think the difference now is based on a couple things. 1) I’ve been able to really bring my past influence and experiences into the present. I draw a lot of the influence in my music and live show from bands like American Nightmare and Modern Life is War; hardcore bands I grew up listening to. 2) I think I’m just in a place that allows me to explore this passion in a deeper capacity. I live in Los Angeles now and have been extremely fortunate with some of the opportunities I’ve had. All that goes back to that drive and go-getter mentality.
I know you have now played at the Avalon Hollywood, opening for Krewella and Flosstradamus and had some dates on the last tour with Eliot Lipp and The M Machine, what was it like to share the stage with those guys?
Honestly, every show is special in its own way – big or small. I get just as stoked playing an after hours basement show as I do playing a nightclub.
Most artists I’ve played with along the way have been really great people. Everyone is always there to do what he or she loves. Everyone has his or her own way of sharing that and I think that’s the best part. I always get inspired seeing artists I look up to, or really any artist at that. That’s the best part.
I’ve seen you live several times, hows has your live show evolved?
It’s always been about the music being played. Sure, it can definitely be a party, but more and more I’ve focused my attention towards what keeps that party going. I’ve done shows in front of three people and upwards of 2,000 and the music continues to drive the energy. I guess that’s what makes each and every show special in it’s own way.
Over the last couple years my sound has really evolved and I think you’ll see that progression on stage now – a rounded out blend of dark electro w/ some charming hooks that you can always associate Lassi with. It’s an extremely positive and high energy show while never sacrificing the drive of the music and people involved.
Lets talk about your album- how long have you and Wagner been working on this together?
Ohhhh man. We literally sat down and wrote our second single “The Banshee” back in December of 2011, which became the inspiration to write this record. Honestly, this record has been in the works for probably close to 11 months. It’s been wayyyy too long, but there are definitely good reasons behind that.
What was the hardest, and the most satisfying part of releasing the album?
This album was really challenging to complete for many reasons and kinda ties into the previous question. ASW and I decided to write this record without actually living in the same cities. We both had solo projects, we both worked and it became super hard to stay on track at times. At times it became frustrating living in this “virtual studio,” but we stuck with it.
I think the most satisfying part was that we were never willing to sacrifice quality or what we committed to doing. We had this idea to write 10 songs and we wanted to deliver. You don’t see too many full-length albums these days and weren’t gonna break that commitment. The satisfaction is that we finally completed the work and decided on a release date. It’s a really invigorating feeling.
Check out the album below and make sure to look for these guys coming to a city near you! My personal favorites on the album are Green Ocean and Return.