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The West Coast disco scene is going strong thanks to Luxxury aka Blake Robin. The DJ/producer has been making waves in disco community throughout the past two years. Because of his talent for funky beats, he was personally selected by Duran Duran’s bassist and co-founder John Taylor to cover “Planet Earth”. Earlier this month, Luxxury released a single package that made us long for disco balls and big hair.
Luxxury dished on the Josh Homme advice he follows, relying on the foundation of love and the luxury of making music.
Splitting songs to help them make sense: The first song “Take It Slow” and the second song is called “Hold On”—we set up a trampoline that we bought on Craigslist for a video with slow motion bouncing. The funny thing is those two actually started as one song and then we split them in half. It was just a little bit too complicated. “Take It Slow” was the chorus, and “Hold On” was the verse. There was a little bit too much going on. It was a prog-disco song. We took the two pieces and it instantly made more sense.
Finding faith through music: They kind of share a theme, a vibe and they’re both songs about keeping the faith. When you’re having a fight with a loved one and it’s not going anywhere good, it’s so much easier to leave: give up and say screw this. The more mature and advanced, human way of handling human conflict is to “Take It Slow.” It’s important to separate your own emotional ajada from the situation. Like, let’s make this work and not be hot-headed. “Hold On” is very simple. There aren’t a lot of lyrics, but it means, sometimes we both say words and it’s just not helping. Let’s take a walk around a lake. We both know that underneath the argument we’re having we have a strong foundation of love. We’re going to get past the fact that you want pizza and I want ice cream—we’re going to figure it out.
Currently listening to: I’m finishing the album right now, but after that’s done, I’ll go back to listening to music. I’ve been jumping from one YouTube disco B-side or unheralded classic to another. I’m going to do a playlist on Spotify soon though with the Bee Gees, Grace Jones, etc.
On being Luxxury: When I first started making music, it was a little bit of a joke to myself how I shouldn’t be making music. I had a job and started making music on the side. I felt guilty that I was taking time that I should be for my job or making money for my art. It was a “luxury” for people to use time to write songs and come up with album titles. Everything that goes into a band is the opposite of when you’re at a job and you need to make the most of this hour and need to demonstrate your productivity. There’s really no way to measure the value of your time while you’re making art: You can spend hours, days, weeks or months on a song that never gets completed. It’s very difficult to make music and assess the value in a very strict, left-brain mentality. You just can’t do it: It’ll never work. It will resist you ’til the end.
Best advice about making music: I’m a big fan of Josh Homme of Queens of The Stone Age and he always says, “if you never have expectations about music, it’s never gonna let you down.” In that sense, to me, making music is a total luxury.