INTERVIEW: SoundLava Interview With “Luther Monroe”
Luther Monroe drops his 2nd Variety EDM EP and an Afrobeat Single.
Luther Monroe is a rising producer whose been classically trained since his youth. The London-based electronic music producer has honed his craft over many years with both real and electronic instruments to become the type of artist not often encountered these days.
Q: The music industry doesn’t often see Bass House, UK Garage transitioning into Breaks and Orchestral Chill Trap on the same music release… What’s going on?
A: Well, my very first release was a variety mix of 3 different styles as well. I don’t believe in these conventions and rigid habits that everyone seems to have gotten stuck into for so long. I’m capable of producing over 20 different styles of music (and some people would say very well). Why should anyone be confined to what the ‘norm’ is? I want to be myself and express myself through my music the way I want to.
Q: You’re classically trained right? Which instruments do you play?
A: Yeah, my Mum made sure I learnt both Piano and Violin from very young. We couldn’t afford for me to take private lessons, so my Mum would learn by herself, and then teach me. By the time I got into secondary school, the teachers there helped me a lot. We didn’t have a real piano at home, so I learnt on digital Casio keyboard at home and then I would practice on real pianos at church, youth centres or wherever else we could find one.
Q: You’ve got a collection of over 6000 CDs.. What kinds of music are they mostly?
A: Well, back in the day there weren’t any streaming platforms and mp3 still hadn’t even become popular before I was already a music addict. My first love from young was, Soul, Funk, real R&B, New Jack Swing, Hip Hop, Reggae and Ragga. It wasn’t until my early 20s that my tastes started branching out into EDM styles of absolutely every kind. These days, I’ve got an incredibly large array of musical tastes, and I want all of my own music to reflect that.
Q: Are all your EPs going to be titled with proverbs and established sayings?
A: Um, yeah most likely. So there’s “The Devil Is In The Details EP”, “Be Careful What You Wish For EP”, and the next one due out is entitled “Never Judge A Book By Its Cover EP”.
Q: What have you got in the pipeline after your Afrobeat single, Moonlight?
A: So, the next 2 track EP will have Tech House and Dub Techno productions, the single after that is a Chill Trap production with a Spanish vocal, and my debut 12 track album entitled ‘State Of The Art’ has got a lot of different styles… due out in October 2022.
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