Ahead of the launch of her fantastic new EP, it’s a pleasure to welcome Mia Lucci to DMCWORLD. The label head of Get Physical’s underground sublabel Kindisch, a label synonymous with quality forward thinking Tech based out of Berlin. We thought we would grab Mia for a few pertinent questions to find out what she is up to…
Hey Mia, great to have you on. The new 8 Pounds EP sounds fantastic, a real mix of tight electronic groove and a sublime use of space and dubbed out atmospheres. What was your inspiration for this EP?
Hey guys, thanks for having me. The EP was produced just after my daughter was born. It wasn’t a mushy inspirational moment (even though she is very inspiring) but she created time at home for me to focus in the studio (instead of being on the road). The Sleepless track was definitely named and created during a time of late nights and early mornings.
Would you say this direction is new for you? Something you are consciously trying to push? Where do you see your music going in the future?
Liv and Sleepless were organic. The Melon Clouds track was a little more thought out. I was super happy with how it turned out. It’s also more aligned with the way I play during the early mornings or afternoons. More drum based. I had set myself a few boundaries (to avoid my sometimes very tangential brain taking over). I used a few plugins and synthesizers and worked within that framework. I can be crazy tangential so I really benefited from working within a concise framework of sound. I can see myself continuing to work like this in future.
Kindisch has become a cornerstone of the scene with a real impact over many years now, what are you current goals for the label going forward?
We select the releases based on how we are feeling at any given point in time. There’s no science behind it, it’s about what feels right. As for future goals, we have been working on growing our showcases, and have many exciting plans for next year. I can’t say too much just yet but we’re going to take the showcases outside of Berlin again.
I assume you work closely with the team at Get Physical too, can you tell us how it is to work with such a great team of people?
The guys at the office are incredible. Everyone plays their own part. It’s a tight little family and from a personal perspective I always feel super supported by them. I got very lucky with my family at the label.
The music industry is not an easy place to make your living, can you tell us the biggest challenge you have overcome? and what is your advice to people following in your footsteps?
100%. The underground electronic music industry is definitely a challenging place. But so is every industry. I think the secret to success in any industry you choose is to be passionate about what you do, be positive, take enjoyment out of everything you do, don’t be a d**k, and never ever, never give up.
Tell us about your studio? what do you work with and why?
I have a small studio that I built underneath my apartment. 4 walls, floors, a Sub 37, Korg MS-20, Arturia Beatstep Sequencer, Moog Minataur, APC 40 to record out different arrangements, a pair of technics turntables that I love to record random samples from and furry carpet for the regular nap between sessions.
The new EP is coming out on vinyl as well as digital right? tell us how we can get hold of it.
Yes! The vinyl is going to be a super limited edition run, we’re only pressing 100 copies, they’re available now for pre-order through my website www.mialucci.com and then will be available in record stores from the 8th Feb – which is the full vinyl and digital release date. And we have lots of fun Kindisch things planned for next year so we’re entering everyone that pre-orders the vinyl automatically into a competition to win a season pass to the showcase events in 2019…
What is next for you, tell us a bit about what you have coming up in terms of gigs, records and anything else?
So as mentioned we’re planning some very special showcases for next year…. But I can’t give away too much right now ! I’m also really focusing on producing and am spending a lot of time the studio at the moment…so there will be a few nice releases coming out in 2019 – you can stay up to date with new music via the usual social platforms!
The first Kindisch release of 2019 will be Mia Lucci’s “8 Pounds”, a 3-track EP released worldwide on the 8th February, with an exclusive pressing of numbered vinyl, limited to 100 copies only available to pre-order now: https://kindisch.lnk.to/KD138