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.
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.