Luca is a 23-year-old DJ hails from Stuttgart, Germany. He has currently signed contract with Ultra Music, after having already worked with the greats of the industry like Omi, Alessia Cara, James Arthur, Matoma, Shaggy, Pitbull and many more. After his tremendous debut single "Missing“ on Ultra, which covers the old time classic from Everything But The Girl, Luca got asked to do several remixes for some of the biggest labels of todays music business including Universal, Def Jam, Ultra, Sony, Armada and more. Besides Luca’s successful productions he also had the chance to play at some of the biggest festivals shows, playing next to Don Diablo, Felix Jaehn, Alle Farben, EDX, and many more. With just 23 years of age he’s a real promising artist to watch out for! So keep an eye on that young German!
1. Hello, Luca! Thank you for accepting my invitation to this interview. With the end of 2018 in just few weeks, what has been a standout moment for you this year?
2018 has been a great year for me! I had so many highlights this year, but opening the Mainstage at the World Club Dome - Winter Edition was definitely one of the bigger ones this year!
2. Have you always wanted to be a DJ/producer? Can you please tell us how did you decide to get into the music business? Was there someone who influenced you to do so, another artist or family member?
Yeah, I remember when I was sixteen I started watching videos of Tiesto performing in front of thousands of people! Until this point I didn’t know that DJs could play in front of so many people. This was so inspiring to me and encouraged me to start producing my own kind of music.
3. Congrats on your latest tune “Over You”! Can you walk us through the production of the tune and how you approached the creative process behind it?
Working on 'Over You' was so much fun! I wrote the track together with some amazing guys including Neil Ormandy who is one of the greatest songwriters of right now. It took us over 7 months until we were all 100% happy with the track, but I think it was absolutely worth it putting in the extra time.
4. Aside from your original tracks, you’ve remixed as well for artists like James Arthur, Nina Nesbitt and Kelly Clarkson. What's the process you go through to break it down and put your own spin on it?
What I always do before starting to work on a new remix is listening to all elements of a track in solo-mode and see if anything inspires me. Often times I just take the vocal and re-arrange the whole track so it fits my style.
5. How would you describe your sound and where do your main influences in music come from?
I would describe my sound as crossover between Dance and Pop. I’m a huge fan of radio-music since these tracks always have something in it which makes it commercial accessible to a really bright audience. I find it super inspiring to just analyze tracks which get played on the radio and filter out what makes them stand out from all the other tracks that are out there.
6. If you could choose one DJ, producer or an artist you'd like to collaborate with, who would it be and why?
I would love to collaborate with The Chainsmokers one day. I’m a huge fan of their writing and their cross-over style between uplifting Dance elements and classic indie, rock-pop kind of parts.
7. How important do you think it is for DJs to also be producers?
I think nowadays it has become super important to also be a producer and not 'just' a DJ! Being a producer and releasing his own kind of music makes you stick out and helps you building your own artist-brand.
8. Between music production and DJing, which one is your priority?
Unlike most DJs I first started producing music before I actually got into DJing. So the first successes of my productions really brought me into the DJ world and allowed me to play my first gigs. I would still say that producing music is a really important part for me and in this case has the priority to me.
9. You played last month at the BigCityBeats WORLD CLUB DOME, The Winter Edition. How would you describe the experience. What does your preparation process look like while getting ready for a festival set compared to prepping for a club show? Do you have a personal preference between this two?
Opening the mainstage at one of the biggest festivals here in Germany was incredible. I opened for Robin Schulz, the Black Eyed Peas and Marshmello on this day, which is absolutely insane. I think for a club show you have to prepare lots of different kind of music, cause for instance you never know if people are already into full-party-mode or if you first have to warm them up with some more groovy type of stuff. Compared to a festival show where you usually play less longer sets, you really have to be flexible with your set. Between the two I wouldn’t say I have any preference - I love both types of sets.
10. Who are some of the DJs or producers you currently appreciate?
I totally appreciate Don Diablo for his unique style and brand not only in the way he’s DJing but also in the way he’s producing. Love the „Future“ theme he’s chosen for himself!
11. What does your DJing set up consist of?
It actually just consists of two Pioneer CDJ players, a Mixer and my two USBs - That’s all I need.
12. Favourite piece of equipment/gadget.
Definitely the Pioneer CDJ & DJM series, they just constantly keep releasing quality equipment.
13. If you could take the stage at any location around the world, where would it be and why?
One of my biggest dreams till date is to be able to play at the Ultra Music Festival one day! I always watched the live-streams of the festival the last few years and every year I’m blown away by the peoples energy.
14. Which DJ would you like to swap places for one day if you could?
I would love to swap places with Kygo, just to see how he find his inspiration and kind of get a behind the scenes look into his genius mind.
15. What has been the biggest piece of advice that someone has given you in your life?
I would say the biggest advice someone gave me was: 'Be you', don’t compare yourself with others, be unique and find your own style.
16. If you had to come up with a slogan to sell a Luca Schreiner set what would it be?
'The perfect soundtrack to an uplifting night!'
17. What are some of your passions or hobbies outside of producing and playing music?
Besides working on music I absolutely love cooking and just being creative in the kitchen creating dishes.
18. Please recommend us "some must" listen tracks.
Definitely check out the new Chainsmokers song 'The Beach'. I just love the vibe and the melody in the main part is so uplifting and catchy.
19. Finally, with 2019 right around the corner, do you have any exciting collaborations or projects coming up that you’d like to share with fans?
These past few weeksI worked on so much new music in the studio, inducing new original material but also lots of official remixes that will be out very soon! Unfortunately I can’t tell you for who as of yet but these artists are huge!!
20. Thank you very much for your time! Do you have a message for all the people out there who love electronic music?
Thanks so much for having me! Check out my brand new single 'Over You' on Ultra Music! Hope to see you guys soon anywhere around the globe.
Interview made by Adriana-Laura L., DJs Arena 2018.