Are you ready to be free? Have you lost all trust through the airwave? Tired of these fly by night DJ/Producers that are a couple of days past their expiration date? Well the musical project behind the creative minds of Luigi III and Alex Noblé are set to give you an experience like no other and expand your music journey through Big Room Tech House and Tribal grooves.
A couple days ago I got a chance to interview Luigi III and Alex Noblé, collectively known as LBCK, about their new project VON DON, their hometown, their incredible EDC appearance, what they think about the whole EDM explosion and a future tour by years end. So sit back, get those readers out and dive deep after the break for the interview and a few extra goodies to keep your fresh & Vital.
IMF: Von Don, what is it and how is this project different from the LBCK?
VD: We started Von Don earlier this year as a Tribal, Big Room & Tech House project. We wanted to do a complete refresh and have a new creative platform to put out a different style of music. It has no connection to LBCK other then that we are the exact same two producers.
IMF: What is it about California that is bringing the world of EDM to it? DJs and Producers around the world seem to creatively diverge there.
VD:California has always been a hotspot for electronic music. Probably because there are so many great cities up and down the coast that have been so active in it. Of course LA has always been a major hub but other places like San Francisco, San Diego, & Orange County have been holding it down as well. We’ve found our sweet spot in Long Beach.
IMF: How was EDC Las Vegas? What was going on through your heads before the set? From what I saw on Youtube, it looked like you guys had a big following rocking out to the set, what tracks did the crowd respond to the most?
VD:Believe it or not, EDC was actually our first show ever playing as Von Don and it was quite an amazing experience. I don’t think we were too nervous but more anxious and excited to get up there. We never plan out our sets beyond deciding the first track or two so it’s always a new and excited live experience. Plus, Pasquale (the head of Insomniac) and his whole crew were dancing up on our stage for about half of our set, it was a trip!
IMF: Most memorable sets you’ve played?
VD: EDC was a whole weekend that just built up into an insane and unforgettable finale. Also, an LBCK show we did in Italy at the I Love Electro festival, that was one of the craziest hands down.
IMF: Who designed the original Von Don logo/artwork? And who is currently doing the artwork for your projects?
VD: We try to keep the majority of our artwork as consistant as possible so we’ve used the same artist for all of our logos. His name is Bill and he’s from Australia…he’s the man, super talented and easy to work with. You can check out his work here: www.billmund.com
IMF: What do you think of the entire scene now that EDM has become so mainstream? VD: I thought was nice when people thought you were weird cause you listened to “Techno.” Of course it’s great to gain the exposure and extreme rush of support but its definitely changed a lot of the things that were once exciting about dance music. My only concern is that the value of the music is going down. We’ve lost a lot our musical patience because most people only care about “the drop.” Most songs are made as an experience and are supposed to evolve from 0:00 to the end.
Anyways, music is always changing & you can’t be mad at that, we’re all just here to dance. Fakeblood couldn’t have said it better, “Shit celeb DJs have been around for years & the places that book em have nothing to do with what we’re into. Its like being mad at boy bands.”
IMF: Any new projects on the way?
VD: We’ve got a new EP coming July 2nd and you will certainly hear some funky Tech grooves mixed together with some Big Room House flavor. And of course it wouldn’t be Von Don without getting tribal on ya. Other then that, look out for our new single + music video coming later in the summer!
IMF: When is their going to be a Chicago show? or better yet, when will people be able to catch you guys outside of the left coast?
VD: We’ve spent much of the Spring in the studio and will continue to build our catalog through the summer. We’re hoping to start hoping around the US by the end of this year! Chicago is definitely on the radar!
IMF: Anything else you would like to say to the people. And where can they catch you guys online?
VD: To the readers: We love you & we’re grateful for your support!
Great people and good music, what more could you ask for. Well, how bout some music. As promised check out VON DON’s latest extended play, Vital bellow and pick it up July 2nd at a digital store front near you. And while you’re at it don’t forget to download their latest remix “Loose Yourself” by Dim Mak’s own TAI for free.