luka ter laak

Ones To Watch┃ Words by Nina Vologa ┃ 08.09.2021

Netherlands-based techno artist Luka ter Laak discusses how he makes music, his preference for techno styles, and how his friends have helped keep him going through the pandemic. Originally a guitarist, Luka has evolved into a talented producer and creator of techno, with a perfect dark and gritty balance of sounds.

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LUKA ter laak ON HIS SMALL STUDIO, THE DARKNESS OF MELODIC TECHNO, AND HIS TRACK FORTUNA.  

Tell us about your background and how it has influenced your music? 

I come from a family of four, just me, my sister, and my loving parents. As a child, I always loved doing creative stuff. My parents always supported me even now! I try to put the same love that my parents always give me into my music.


Where did you create your latest track, Fortuna?

I created my track Fortuna in my small studio inside my bedroom. I quite enjoy my studio, because it's just me with the music and I can lose track of time there.


When you produce techno, who are you writing for?

When I produce, I write for myself. I know what feeling I want to achieve and what kind of quality to expect from myself. Making my tracks also really helps me process feelings and grow as a person. 


Which do you prefer; progressive or melodic?  

I think they both have their unique qualities. But if I had to choose, I would go for melodic because I like the darker sound. I feel like there is more room for creativity in melodic house/techno.


What has kept you going through the pandemic, aside from music?

Spending time with my friends is what kept me going. It is important to me. After seeing my friends, I always have tons of new energy and experiences, and I use this as inspiration.
 

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