Belgian-born, Berlin-based DJ and producer Locked Groove has been at the very forefront of the ever-shifting landscape of house and techno for just over a decade. Recognised for his immaculate productions and DJ sets which share an effortless cluster of classic Chicago anthems and raw industrial jams, the Belgian also possesses an uncompromising influence and showcases a bold vision that separates him from the rest.
Back in 2012, Locked Groove burst onto the scene with his debut release on Scuba’s very own Hotflush imprint which set the tone for following records on esteemed labels such as Life and Death, Permanent Vacation, Afterlife and even his own eponymous label Locked Groove Records. In 2019, the Berlin-based producer released his long awaited debut album on Hotflush called Sunset Service – an amalgamation of a diverse and closely studied musical past, incorporating influences that are dear to the artist whilst retaining focus on the singularity of his own unique aesthetic.
Recently, Lockded Groove has taken part in various sound design projects as well as working on his own records including his first release of 2021 Cosmic Transition which dropped earlier this month. Featuring three distinct tracks combining a slew of breaks, sturdy basslines and lush melodies, this EP provides dancefloor-ready soundtracks for any summer motive. Listen and purchase the record on Bandcamp.
How are you doing and what have you been getting up to recently?
I’ve been good, thank you! The past few months, like many people I guess, I’ve been making a lot of new music and started research for a new album project. I’ve also started building my own watch during lockdown so that’s also a nice project. I also joined this new platform called Blast where I’ll be trying to do some kind of radio show every two weeks. More on that soon!
How have you found life in lockdown?
It’s definitely been an adjustment but after more than a year you kind of get used to it and find your rhythm. Some days are good, some less but I feel there is no point in getting too hard on myself when I have an off day. I can not wait to share music to a crowd again soon though.
Has lockdown been a blessing or a curse for music production?
For me personally an absolute blessing! I’ve finished so much music: an album with a friend, a lot of EP´s and I’ve started many more projects. To keep on making club music is not always easy so I’ve been experimenting with different genres. Some music I’ve worked on/ been working on is more piano heavy or more indie with guitars etc. It’s fun to challenge yourself and try new things.
What music have you been digging recently and can you share a couple of tracks you’d like to play in your first set back?
ES-Q did an amazing EP on Dolly that came out recently. That will a staple in my sets for sure when I get to play again. Carlton Doom – Binmen of the apocalypse is one of those tracks i instantly fell in love with as well.
Can you tell us about some of your favourite clubs you like to play at and why?
It’s very hard to pick a favourite and thinking about it, I like them all the same actually! The crowd is the most important. Good sound and a nice crowd is all I need.
Favourite vinyl bought in the last year?
Kip Hanrahan – Coup de tête
One vinyl you’d save from your collection?
Joseph Beuys & Henning Chrisansen – Schottische Symphonie / Requim of Art
Mood Wax – What do you listen to?
When I’m feeling good I listen to: Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots
When I’m sad: Slowdive – When the Sun hits
When I’m relaxing: Bill Evans – Saturday Night At The Village Vanguard
When I’m in the car: Chris Rea – Road To Hell
When I’m watching the sun rise: Brian Eno – Music For Airports
When I’m cooking: Ashford & Simpson – Bourgie Bourgie
When I’m at the beach: Michael Sembella – Bossa Nova Hotel
When I’m pre-drinking: Andrew Weatherall – Essential Mix 1993