KONTRAST Mini-Mix #11.1 – WU KUSH

Wu Kush is a live act, DJ and producer named Luc P from Melbourne, Australia. He also makes and has released music as JXTPS, Juxtpose, JDJX (duo) and Sjazd, with a string of releases in the house and techno spectrum on a range of local and international labels such as Heard and Felt, Momentary Records, Labrynth, Planet Rhythm, Circular Limited, Fanzine, Suara and forthcoming on Lett Records.

As a performer he has performed at Pleasure Planet, Strawberry Fields Festival (twice), Bunker and Machine. He has been involved in putting on parties as Hyp-nosis, User Mood and Rhythm of Vision in Melbourne.

Can you describe the moment you knew dance music production was gonna be your passion?

I had already been producing for a while and was looking for a different avenue, preferably one that didn’t involve dealing with band mates. My mind first became open to the idea of techno after hearing two different interviews on Ennio Styles radio show. They were with Carl Craig and Mad Mike (from Underground Resistance). Knowing there was this other world out there really piqued my curiosity.

Are you a routine person or do you like spontaneous plans more? How does this reflect in your music production?

Spontaneity is the spice of life, I love to record long takes on hardware to capture a particular moment, when it works it is a thing of beauty. Other times I’ll edit the hell out of these takes and if thats not working I’ll try recording again. Maybe because I’m lazy I’m not particularly studious about what I do, I always think if I had catalogued everything I’d ever done that way I would have a much better routine and know better what the hell I’m doing.

On the other hand after a number of years of production the technique ideas are there somewhere at the back of my brain, ideally I want things to be intuitive and I also don’t want to get too template-y in what I do. If ever I get to the point where I am capable of doing a tutorial on my technique – I think this would be the time to quit and learn to use the pasta machine.

You clearly don’t confine your productions to only 4/4 techno. Stylistically, what would you say is your core creative drive?

The main thing that drives me is progression, sounds and styles moving forward and evolving. Ideally I want to hear and experience things that haven’t been done a million times before. Of course as I’ve learnt you can’t always have innovation for innovations sake and it also helps to understand the platform of the genre you are in.

Over the years I’ve also been involved in a number of different styles such as progressive rock as well as playing and studying jazz. Whilst I don’t really listen to those kind of things anymore theres probably a subconscious motivation that comes from being involved in those genres.

Tracks list

1. ?? – ??
2. Sing Song – JXTPS [Catch Recordings]
3. Thirteen – JXTPS [Circular Limited]
4. Kayne – Juxtpose [Armatura]
5. Third Eye – Juxtpose [Planet Rhythm]
6. Tactics – JXTPS [Catch Recordings]
7. Amerdre – JXTPS [Fanzine]
8. Tibetan Bells – Juxtpose [Labrynth]
9. ?? – ??

KONTRAST COLLECTIVE is a group of creative spirits who loves to combine raw sounds, dark, thumping beats and intense, edgy musical experiences with extraordinary visual elements in an experimental and innovative way. Apart from organising events we love to shine light on Australia’s best upcoming and veteran DJ’s. The eleventh round of the KONTRAST Mini-Mix  Series will run from April 4th to 25th, with an exclusive podcast from each artist along with a short interview to get to know them better.

Mini-Mix Series #11:

#11.1 – April 4 – WU KUSH
#11.2 – April 11 – LAURA KING
#11.3 – April 18 – PARTYSHIRTS THOMPSON
#11.4 – April 24 – RANJIT NIJJER

To learn more about KONTRAST Collective check out their Facebook Page. Listen to the previous mini-mix series on their Soundcloud.

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