In anticipation of his DJ set tomorrow night at the .WAVs music boat cruise in New York City, we sat down with Reuben Wu, the mastermind behind Ladytron, to chat about a couple things. These things include (but are not limited to) a new Ladytron album, Reuben’s favorite production equipment, and the synergies between music, art and photography (all things that Reuben dabbles quite a bit in). So without further ado, here’s our interview with Reuben.
And if you haven’t already gotten your tickets to tomorrow night’s event, you can still purchase them here!
Discobelle: Hi Reuben! How are you doing?
Reuben: Very well thank you!
Discobelle: So to start off, how would you describe your style as a DJ, does it differ greatly from your production style?
Reuben: I like to play a blend of electropop, electrohouse and some new wave. It always depends on the crowd really. It can differ slightly as I don’t really produce music for dance music clubs, it’s more fitting in an indie club.
Discobelle: What role will moving on water in the night have on your performance?
Reuben: More new wave in my set, possibly.
Discobelle: What equipment are you into lately when it comes to producing?
Reuben: I’ve using the Polychord app on my iPad to help work out chord progressions – it’s great that it’s not keyboard-based. and can work wirelessly in MIDI as well.
Discobelle: Who are your greatest influences both DJ and production wise?
Reuben: The Chemical Brothers playing a DJ set on BBC Radio 1 twenty years ago I think.
Discobelle: When can we expect some new music from Ladytron?
Reuben: A new album next year.
Discobelle: Do you plan on releasing any new non-Ladytron solo/collaborative work soon?
Reuben: I always have stuff going on but I’m not focussing on it right now.
Discobelle: What was your worst DJ gig? Best? Why?
Reuben: Probably the one where, (after I had endured a day of logistical nightmare), I turned up at the venue at 3.30am and I was asked to just plug my mobile phone into a pair of blown computer speakers, because there was no PA for me to play music on. And also everyone had gone home by 3am due to a fire alarm which had continued for a whole hour.
Discobelle: Read that you are a photographer and an artist, as well. Do you recognize a lot of porosity between these mediums, or do ideas kind of start with a feeling and move into one realm for good?
Reuben: There are parallels between the two (I’m talking about music and visual arts). Both require composition, balance and some kind of narrative.
And they are endlessly compatible.
Discobelle: On a scale of 1-10, does the last question make any sense?