B-interview: Lee Curtiss

Lee Curtiss from Visionquest gave us a fun interview where we talk about music, where the ¨underground¨ stands and more, thanks to Lee for his time. Lee Curtis will be making his debut in the border this Friday 26th at Pasha ,El Paso, brought to you by Listen:React.
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Lee Curtiss de Visionquest nos dio una divertida entrevista donde hablamos acerca de música, donde esta el ¨underground ¨y mas. Gracias a Lee por su tiempo , Lee Curtis hará su debut en la frontera este viernes 26 en Pasha , El Paso, traído a ustedes por Listen:React.

For more event info check out these links/ Para mas información de los eventos aquí están los enlaces:

http://www.facebook.com/ListenReact

http://www.facebook.com/events/467773746596924

Buffete: 

In music, ¿What do you think about the new tendencies in electronic music?

 Lee Curtiss:

i love where underground electronic music is headed. i like the fact that people are starting to tune in and appreciate house music and to see it have a more pop influenced accessibility. i think including more music theory and song writing is a great thing for any style of music.

Buffete:  

Its well known that the electronic music is becoming something mainstream, ¿do you think this phenomenon is bad for electronic music?

Lee Curtiss:

the only thing that is bad for electronic music is cheesy, commercialized, manufactured shit like david guetta and deadmaus, etc…. they give electronic music a bad name in my eyes. back in the 80s and 90s, you had to write a real song and synthesizers and drum machines were used, from depeche mode to pink floyd, to hall and oates to hip hop, that is all electronic music. it’s really nothing new, it’s just been dumbed down by major labels that have only 1 goal, to sell copies, not make and nurture art. i hope this is one reason why underground labels are starting to do so well. people prefer to listen to what we’re up to over the shit that’s blasted all over the radio. there’s a lot less classics being made, music has become forgettable and trite and that’s a shame to me, since music is the most powerful medium on earth.

Buffete:  

In your opinion, is underground dead?

Lee Curtiss:

underground will never die because of the aforementioned answer.

Buffete: 

Personally, What’s a thing that can bother you while you’re playing at a gig?

Lee Curtiss:

people bumping the turntables and skipping needles. people that insist on talking to you while you’re playing and don’t respect the fact that you’re working your ass off so the rest of the people at the party can enjoy themselves and people looking for attention that are not there for the music.

Buffete:

Whats your favorite tool for productions?

Lee Curtiss:

my 1984 jupiter 6 named lola, ableton and my fender jazz bass. the arturia plug ins and native instruments abbey roads drums. the abbey roads drums for kontakt is one of the best sounding, most intuitive pieces of production software released in the last 3 years. it’s made my percussion come alive and has provided a new method for effortless drum programming.

Buffete: 

What do you do when you can’t find inspiration for music?

Lee Curtiss:

i never run out of inspiration for music. music is my life. i draw from personal experiences and a constantly evolving palette of influences. i don’t listen to much house or techno music when i’m not working on it. i listen to classic pop and rock records that changed my life and look to them for influence. they are much more talented songwriters, composers and producers than most people in dance music and the music made from motown, to 70’s rock, to 80’s and 90’s rock and pop, to hip hop is still some of the best music ever recorded and will be remembered long after the taylor swifts, katy perrys and david guettas are gone.

Buffete:

What do you think about your generation as an artist and the impact it has made on young people like us? (Listen:React and Buffete) inspiring DJs and Producers that look up to you.

Lee Curtiss:

i don’t feel like i’m a person to look up to but am happy that some young people may. producing and djing is a hard game and a serious life choice. it’s not all the glitz and glamour that people assume it is. there’s a lot of sleepless nights, sitting at the airport, missing your family and friends so if you really want to do it, be ready. hard work, dedication and being a nice person pay off. i never take no for an answer, you can ask my mother. i’ve been told ‘no’ more times in my career than i care to remember but eventually the ‘nos’ turn to a ‘yes, we can do that’, and that’s one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have.

Buffete:

What’s your favorite beer?, Have you ever tasted a caguama(Mexican Brand called Carta Blanca)?

Lee Curtiss:

i dont have a favorite beer per say. i live in chicago and we have a lot of nice mirco brew beers from the area. i also used to live in kalamazoo, which is home to the bells beer company, which in my opinion is one of the best beer makers in the world. how did you know i love beer? ; )

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