DJ Adrian Lux is tuned in

05:00 AM, Aug 22, 2013

DJ/producer Adrian Lux prepares to move the crowd at Main Street Armory. (Provided photo)/


Written By Jinelle Shengulette

Adrian Lux

Where: Main Street Armory, 900 E. Main St.
When: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Cost: $15-$25
For more: Call 232-3221 or go to rochestermainstreetarmory.com

In a few years, DJ/producer Adrian Lux has gone from playing small venues in his native Sweden to touring the world, playing massive festivals like Coachella and picking up a Grammy nomination along the way for his dance hit “Teenage Crime.”

It’s been a crazy run,” says Lux, 27, during a recent phone interview. “This year I’ve been getting to see some really amazing places. It was a big transition, though, but now I feel more comfortable with where I am. And I’m more ready to take it to a new level.”

Hopefully his upcoming album will get him there. When we spoke with Lux recently, he was headed into a Miami studio to continue recording on his sophomore album, which he hopes to release in spring 2014.

Lux — who’s done remixes for artists like Lana Del Ray and Britney Spears — discussed his new music, skateboarding past, modeling days and more.

What can fans expect from your upcoming album?

I listened to techno and things like that a lot growing up, so I’m trying to incorporate a few of those sounds into what I’m doing, and doing that in a unique, fresh way. I’m also trying to take my own songwriting to new levels, because I don’t want to make something that’s already out there. Sometimes I feel it’s better to dig for the sounds instead of looking for what pops or for what everyone else is doing.

When you’re playing live, do you know what direction the music will take before hitting the stage?

I’m going to leave a lot to what might happen when I’m playing. I have a lot of music, and you can’t play everything in one night, so we’ll see where it takes us. … It’s like a toolbox and you’re building a house. And you just have to have different tools to make the whole thing. You can’t just play the same things through the whole night, because it will be boring and you won’t get to appreciate that journey. I like music that does other things, too, than just being ‘me and her’ songs.

Is it true that a lot of your inspiration comes from indie pop?

It comes a lot from that world, mostly because there’s a lot of time put into messages in a lyrical sort of way, so time spent in that world can be more interesting than a typical dance song. But things are getting better in the dance world. More artists are coming up with something to say, and I think that’s cool.

It seems like you’ve slowly been coming to terms with your success. How have you done that?

Repetition, and you start to feel more confident. I always had a lot of confidence in what I’ve been doing, because … you’re always the best at being yourself. If you’re trying to be someone else, you will easily fall down the line. I always knew that, but now I’m feeling I can really put that into my music and really make something for my own name.

Why the skateboarding imagery in your video for “Damaged?”

I come from that world; it was a big part of me when I was growing up. … I wanted to try to show skateboarding in a positive way or how it can be. It has that “us against the world” feeling, but it can be a positive feeling. It definitely has a sort of community. … So I wanted to show that, in a way, and I thought it came out really well.

You used to work as a model in Sweden. Is it true you’re not fond of those memories?

Is it obvious? It’s definitely way more work than what everyone thinks. …I was just hating being in front of a camera for hours. (There is) a lot of pressure, working with someone that tells you how to be. It’s hard for me to act like someone else, with expressions and stuff. … I would probably not have lasted very long in that world. I’m glad I chose music instead.

When was the last time you were in Sweden?

It was last week. I usually play there a lot in the summer. I was away for a long time on the road, and it was really great to come back and meet a lot of friends.

The first show I had coming back was so crazy. It was a solo show with 13,000 people in Stockholm. For that day it was magical, but you can’t be the homecoming king every day. … People would be bored if you were coming back too much. I feel that the work I’m doing out in the world makes those things special.