Let the Music Heal Your Soul
With early beginnings influenced by house music, hip hop, reggae and electro, this self-confessed studio junkie is now a regular at some of the biggest clubs around the world – from the States, Canada and South America, to Europe, Asia and Australia.
The writer and producer of hits such as Rise Up, Zookey, Girl and Until Tomorrow, has now become a prolific force in Electronic Dance Music. He is none other than Yves Larock!
Have you ever been to Sri Lanka before? What were you first impressions of it?
I was in Sri Lanka around five years ago, and I had a great time! So I am really looking forward to coming back. It’s a beautiful country, with some really great music fans who made me feel extremely welcomed.
What do you think Sri Lanka could do to better promote itself as a tourist (party) destination?
I’m really not into the tourism business, so I have no advice to give; but you’ve got everything in Sri Lanka – nice people and beautiful beaches! So, for sure you’ve got everything you need to be tourism destination.
What plans do you have for your show at the Hikkaduwa Beach Fest 2011?
I always prepare a special set for big events, but I also always allow a big part of it to be based on improvisation, because the audience changes every night, and you have to read them and the atmosphere, which is half the job of being a good DJ.
Explain your foray into the music scene.
I started out in the hip hop scene, as a rap MC, towards the end of the 80’s. In 2000, I started to produce my own music; and in 2001, I started to produce house music. My first success was Zookey in 2004, and then after that (of course) Rise Up in 2006, which is the track that everyone all over the world went nuts over.
How has your journey in the music industry been thus far? What is your most cherished memory?
My most cherished memory was when I got my first track signed by a music label. It was such an amazing feeling, and I think it made me realise that I had a talent for music production, and that I could actually make a living doing something I loved.
What is your favourite genre of music, and why?
I’ve grown up with hip hop, then I moved to dance music, and now I listen to a lot of rock. So I would say that I have a very eclectic love of music.
What is the best thing about being a DJ?
The best thing for me, personally, is that I get to share my music, around the world, with people who come to see me DJ or listen to my Millia Rock Radio Show. To get hold of a new tune and then pass it on to everyone else – listen to this! That’s a fantastic feeling!
What makes music the ‘language of the world’?
Music is not a language, it’s a feeling; so you don’t need to speak the same language to feel it – everyone can feel a beat and everyone can hear a melody.
What advice would you give someone who wanted to enter the music business?
Don’t listen to advice! Make the music that you like and do it with passion, and one day it will work – just be prepared to put in a lot of hard work!!
What do you think of the International music (DJ) industry? How can it improve/grow?
Dance music is so big at the moment, but of course we don’t know how long that will last. So I think all the DJs should make the most of this situation. The industry could get bigger, but speaking in terms of music and technology, you don’t know what else is right around the corner.
A lot of DJs are now making as much money as pop stars. What do you think about this? (Is this the reign of the ‘electronic musicians’?
Currently, electronic music is one of the most popular music forms around the world, and it brings so many people out to clubs or festivals; so I think it’s safe to say that certain forms of dance music is the pop music of 2011.
What plans do you have for the future?
At the end of August 2011, I will be releasing my new single, The Zoo, which is already doing very well with other DJs and radio stations. We’re just in the process of signing it to some major music labels now. I’ll also continue to produce and build up my Millia Records label, which is really important to me – as an avenue to release my own music, and also the music of other artists who I believe in.
Yves Larock, along with a host of other local and International DJs, will be performing at the Hikkaduwa Beach Fest, from July 29 – 31, 2011.
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