DJ to Watch: SAINT WKND
December 28, 2017
December 28, 2017
English house DJ Chris Lake has been in the game for a while, and in my opinion, he just keeps getting better. Lake started producing at the beginning of the new millennium, and his career has taken him all around the globe. I think we all knew he was someone to keep an eye on in 2012 when he received a Grammy nomination for his production on Deadmau5‘s 4×4=12.
Now, Lake is currently touring around the United States and Canada – with one of his stops being Tempe this weekend! I was lucky enough to catch Lake for a few minutes after his bouncy afternoon set at CRSSD Fest in San Diego last weekend:
That was an awesome set! The crowd was really lovin’ it. How’d it feel playing CRSSD Fest again? Is it different playing your set during the day versus at night?
It was great! CRSSD is a great set up, you know the location – this is the perfect location. Something about whenever I come to San Diego, it’s got this more relaxed feel and form of what you expect from Californian lifestyle. Then you throw in this beautiful location right by the water, great music, great promoters, great stage set up, it makes for a really really nice festival so it’s great to be here.
I actually played this same stage 6 months ago as a stand-in because there was a cancellation. This place has just got something special… I don’t know of many places that get the balance of all those elements. But oh yeah, it’s definitely different. For one, you can see everyone – every pore on their face, you know? *laughs*
Source: CRSSD Festival
So what do you do to get ready for a set like this? Or, for a show in general?
Oh, you don’t want to know what I did to get ready for this one! *laughs* I’m just really tired. I flew in from Philadelphia so I didn’t really get much sleep at all. I was actually really worried I was too tired.
Let’s talk about your newest release, “Nothing Better” with Chris Lorenzo! People have called it “90’s house with a twist.” What made you want to create a track like that?
We didn’t make the record with a plan. It was just, you know, Chris and I are very instinctive music makers. We kind of get in the studio… that same night we made three other ideas, all completely different. It’s just the way that we write, we make all sorts of different stuff. I think we’re both quite versatile. We like different styles, so that was just one that connected and worked, and Insomniac heard it and wanted to release it.
So can we expect those other two songs comin’ out soon?
Yeah, probably! Probably a lot more than just the two. We love working together, there’ll definitely be more. Maybe this year, but definitely soon.
You’re coming to AZ soon and fans are pumped! Shady Park is a pretty intimate venue; what can fans expect from you? What can we expect from Noise Frenzy?
The main thing I’ll always bring is new music – but I just feed off the vibe of the crowd. I never really plan my set, I just go with the flow and see where it takes me. Noise Frenzy is really talented, I’ve got a lot of time for him and it was great to get him on the tour. He’s a really cool producer, I think he’s one to watch these next years. Arizona’s lucky to have him.
Awesome! Alright, are there any last nuggets you want to leave Arizona with?
Arizona, I’m looking forward to coming back and playing new music for you! Last time I was there I played a frat party at ASU… I think we were slightly traumatized a little bit. But I’m looking forward to being back.
Lake’s tour is bringin’ him to Shady Park this Friday, October 13 – get your tickets here!