Le Youth

“Breezy California vibes touched by a twist of European flair.” Sounds good to us. We were thrilled to sit down with Le Youth when he came through Boston; check the interview for a conversation about traveling, working with other artists, and what he does(n’t) do to prepare for shows.

You just came from Mexico. How was your trip?
Well, the trip… the trip was terrible. I had a window seat and no one was sitting in the middle seat so I had some space, but it was economy, so it sucked. So the trip sucked, but the show was incredible. Mexico City is just fucking amazing.

Did you arrive here and get to sleep at all, or did you come right to the venue?
I took a one-hour nap, then I went and saw my friends play a rock show in Cambridge (they are called Jeremy and the Harlequins) and then got here seconds before I had to play.

So what are some of the cooler things you have gotten to do, while traveling, in between your gigs?
I get to do sightseeing and touristy stuff, and that’s cool because there is an endless amount of things to do and all these things I go to are just so cool. But the stuff I really like is when I get to a city and the promoter or the runner, whoever it is, takes me out to a comfortable place where there are cool people and it’s not very touristy and it’s hipster-like and fucking cool. That’s my favorite.

What and who inspired you in the first place, and when did you start producing music?
I’ve been making music my whole life. I sort of struggle with the term “producer” because I’ve been making music for years and all of a sudden I’m starting to get called a producer, but I’ve been making the same music for a long time. But who influenced me? I don’t know. I was into a lot of stuff. I was into some old Calvin Harris. I was into some Boyz Noize. So, I don’t know, just random music I got into like three or four years ago. Before that, I was in a band for five or six years and toured the world and put out a couple records.

What was the name of the band?
I’m not going to tell you.

Maybe we can Google it…
No, I’m not going to tell you and hopefully you won’t find out.

Well, we think you have a unique technique in mixing hip-hop with the deep house sound, while adding in this cool, tropical vibe as well. How did you come to decide that this is the route you wanted to take?
I didn’t, I never decided that. I just didn’t realize I was doing that. All that stuff came after I started doing it, so I did it and a few months after, everyone else started doing it, so I don’t know if it was just coincidence or if people were influenced by what I did. Half frustration, half admiration, half feeling cool, but I don’t know what it was. I totally didn’t choose that route, I just did what I was inspired to do and I feel like I was probably a year too early, if you want me to be honest.

What is your favorite part about producing new music?
Getting the chance to create. That’s what I feel like; that’s what satisfies me in my life.

What was your favorite track to produce and why?
My favorite track to produce was my Disclosure “Voices” remix because I was so stressed about it and I didn’t think anyone was going to like it. I was on tour and I had to do it from a hotel room. I didn’t think anyone was going to like it because I didn’t get to put the proper effort into it, but everyone seemed to like it. I was in Urban Outfitters in Europe somewhere and they started… well, I was walking through, finishing getting clothes, and I was so stressed out because they were playing all this music and I was like “Oh my God, this music is so good. This is so much better than my music, my music is horrible!” and then the next song that came on was my remix, so it made me feel kind of cool.

That must have been such an awesome feeling.
Yes, I called my mom right afterwards.

How did that remix come about? Did you get to work with Disclosure?
I was offered the remix for Disclosure. There a very unsexy, sort of backstory to every remix… that is that no one was really asked by the artist. No one worked with the artist. Their manager was asked by some record label and our guy to remix their song. Some very uncool stuff, but you know, you try and do something cool and you hope the artist responds to it. Some do and some don’t. Chromeo had a great response to my remix for them, so that was cool.

There must be so many artists you’d like to work with. How do collabs usually come up? Do you approach them, do they approach you, or is it a mix of both?
It’s definitely a mix of both. If I’m lucky, the people I want to collab with happen to reach out to me, but typically it’s me stretching, reaching rather, for them. Every once in a while you get lucky and the people you want to work with are into working with you. Sometimes you work with people you’re not really into working with and they end up being somebody where you’re like “Shit, I wish I worked harder with them and I wish I had given them more attention because now they’re really cool and stuff.” So it’s all random. I understand the question is sort of geared towards wanting me to answer it in some simple way, but it’s not simple. It’s really complicated.

Got it. What do you do to prepare for a show?
I literally do nothing. I often get to the hotel room, try and sleep as long as I can, try to take a shower, wear a cool outfit, and before I play, I hopefully have had enough time to have a drink and get in the mood to have fun.

What’s next for you? Can we expect any new releases?
Yes. I was in a label deal for a long time and it kind of kept me from releasing new music and it was very unfortunate, but now I am out of that label deal and I can finally release music. It’s been two months and I’m itching to release something new and something should be out very soon. I have a ton of new music.