Lee Van Dowski releases Cerca Trova LP on Mobilee / !K7 (Interview & Premiere) | Soundspace

Lee Van Dowski releases Cerca Trova LP on Mobilee / !K7 (Interview & Premiere)

Lee Van Dowski releases Cerca Trova on Mobilee and !K7 | Soundspace
 

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So who is Lee Van Dowski?

Lee Van Dowski

I’m a pretty chill dude who loves to spend most of his time doing music. I love to spend time alone but couldn’t live without my family. I love to play NBA 2k16 with my kids as long as i’m winning.

I love to share good red wines and good food with my friends. Over the years i’ve more or less made peace with my monomaniac side, learning to take advantage from it, but it’s not always working. I hate airports but I miss them after 2 weeks off.

I hate rain except on a deserted beach somewhere warm. I hate the people sitting behind me who bumping my seat on the plane. I love fat round kicks grooving with a nice deep rolling bass. I love doing shit jokes nobody would understand with my bros Adi and Samy from Animal Trainer. I hate shit monitors in clubs. I really hate the people sitting behind me who bumping my seat on the plane.

I love my kids (But not when they win at NBA 2K16). I hate mail, especially bills. I pretend I’ve lost my mailbox key so only my girlfriend can get them. I love crowded sweaty clubs (But only when they have good monitors). And of course I love my girlfriend (A little bit more when she takes care of the bills). As u can see, i’m a pretty normal guy who’s just doing a bit more music than the average. Party hard.

 


 

Soundspace

Your 14-track Cerca Trova is out on Mobilee/K7 this month, tell us about the album and it’s conception?

Lee Van Dowski

I’ve released a lot of dance music in the past three years. The main idea for this album was to do something totally different, getting out of the 4/4 format. I wanted to do an album people could listen at home or in their car, something more for every day listening.

I started to work on it two years ago on the side. All in I made 38 songs. The big work was to select only 14 and try to keep a coherent story. That was really heartbreaking sometimes as I didn’t select some lovely songs, but it was for the good cause.

Production wise, I used to have a big studio in the past but since my kids were born, I sold most of my gear. I simply couldn’t find the time to go to the studio anymore. I’m working now with a very small setup: Ableton, a MIDI keyboard and loads of plugins. That’s all.

 


 

Soundspace

It’s your first LP in 10 years, and while it’s certainly worth the wait, why so long?

Lee Van Dowski

I’ve had a lot of ‘techno’ album projects almost ready during these 10 years, but i’ve never been happy enough to go further. I’ve always ended up with splitting the albums into EPs on different labels. For me, this style of music, is totally fitting for the EP format.

I can’t remember myself listening to a full techno album at home for example. Putting together 10 techno tracks isn’t always making an album. Some people manage to deliver something nice like this, but this wasn’t my goal. As I said before, i’ve release so many techno songs in the last few years that I was scared to get boring for the people to be honest.

Also it took me a long time to know where i really wanted to go. I think it’s very important to show the people that we’re not just retarded techno freaks banging our heads for hours every weekend – there’s also something going on beyond the dance floor guys! That’s the idea of this album a bit.

 


 

Soundspace

Do you have a favourite track from the 14?

Lee Van Dowski

All of the tracks I produce are like my babies and it’s impossible for me to pick only one. They all belong to particular moments in my life, some happy, some sad, some melancholic. Picking only one would make no sense. I prefer to see all 14 songs as one entity. I couldn’t change, remove or swap any tracks now.

 


 

Soundspace

You’re also going on the road with Mobilee this year, what can clubbers expect from your sets on the ‘Back to Back 2016’ tour?

Lee Van Dowski

Let’s be clear, it is not because I’m releasing some different kind of music for this album that my DJ sets will change. You guys can expect the same thing i’ve always done over the years in clubs.

 


 

Soundspace

Tell us something we shouldn’t know about you?

Lee Van Dowski

I really really really hate the people bumping into the back of my seat on a plane!

 


 

Soundspace

Anything to add?

Lee Van Dowski

Complimenti alla Mamma! That will remain forever my favorite quote in Italian.

 

Lee Van Dowski – Cerca Trova will be available via Mobilee / !K7 from 26th February, buy the album here.

 

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