Luxembourg DJ and Producer, Riven, celebrates the recent release of his Disco Acid EP with his contribution to our Waveform Mix Series. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight chats to the young artist about acid and Spandau Ballet.
Thierry Loesch, aka Riven is one of Luxembourg’s premiere underground dance music artists known for hypnotising every club he spins at with his dark, techy vibes. He started out Djing on the local Luxembourg scene in 2008 and then, together with his friend Pierre Bellion, founded the Lauter Unfug label and events company which quickly became one of the most proliferating underground music brands in Luxembourg and features many international artists.
Riven’s residency at the Lauter Unfug events has lead to gigs at clubs like Kosmonaut, Trésor, Ritter Butzke in Berlin, Silodom in Saarbrücken and festivals including the Amsterdam Dance Event, Amphitronic, Nature One and e-lake. In 2016 and in 2017, he was voted as “Best Electronic Music DJ” by Luxembourg’s main nightlife awards.
As a producer, Riven‘s productions have been supported by top heavyweight jocks and his Acid Break EP (incl. Timid Boy and Tyree Cooper remixes) in 2016 hitting the Beatport Top 10 Charts. Riven is busy in the studio working on some new projects and his next Lauter Unfug release, Purple Palms EP, features a remix from Raumakustik.
Luxembourg’s Riven recently made his debut release on Timid Boy‘s Time Has Changed label with his powerful Disco Acid EP, containing 3 original new tracks, along with 2 stellar remixes from VONDA7 and Beatamines. Disco Acid is ripe with cleverly crafted beats that percolate under Riven’s infectious 303 sorcery, teased with cut up vocals. Blue Panther is a techy ride, loaded with a dark sub-bass and menacing voices and Jungle Ride is a pressure driven house groove armed with an intense, long tension building breakdown to devastate the floor! On the Disco Acid remixes, VONDA7 cooks up an edgy, driving techno feast with acid undercurrents and Beatamines works the room with his bubbling effervescent tech style.
Riven has been kind enough to contribute a mix to our Waveform Mix Series. But first, take a look at what the Luxembourg acid-lover had to say when he chatted to our editor, Ste Knight.
WVFM: Hi Riven, thanks for talking to the Waveform Transmitter today, how’s 2017 been for you so far?
Riven: Hello Guys, though we experienced some blowbacks with the label, it’s been a good year so far. I got some really nice releases on Time Has Changed and my own imprint Lauter Unfug and played at some very nice shows in Germany, Luxembourg and France. Some events of us had to be rescheduled but that’s it for the bad part of this year.
WVFM: Please introduce yourself.
Riven: I’m a 27-year-old producer from Luxembourg, I do the social media and event management for Lauter Unfug which I founded with Pierre back in 2013. Besides, I’m about to finish my masters in educational science at the University in Luxembourg.
WVFM: What first turned you on to djing and then later production?
Riven: I’ve always been passionate about music and when I was young, around the age of 11, I figured that I was listening to different music than my peers. It was not only the radio stuff, but I went to CD Shops and bought music. I didn’t really know to discover new stuff. I always felt the urge to share some new tunes I really liked with my classmates when I found one and I guess that might explain why I became a DJ later.
WVFM: What’s been your personal favourite remix or production you’ve made so far and why?
Riven: My favourite production so far is called ‘Too Tight’. I play it a lot and I got really nice feedback on that one. The favourite track I ever produced is called ‘attention: sneak peek!’. It’s not out yet but I absolutely love playing it and it is in almost any set. It’s also a track I can play at warm-up, peak time or the after-hours. It just always works.
WVFM: You’ve just released ‘Disco Acid EP’ on Time Has Changed – what can we expect to hear musically?
Riven: I suggest you give it a listen, it’s pretty much in the genre I always produce, I d’say, raw tech house.
WVFM: Are you a big fan of Acid then?
Riven: I love Acid! I mean, the synthesizer. I have always been attracted to the sound that came out of the 303, even before I knew what a synthesizer actually was. I recently listened to some popular artists when I was at primary school and discovered that they used it in many tracks, take the German childr superstar Blümchen for example.
I remember getting a CD of her for Christmas by my parents. Believe it or not, it’s actually head banging hard core trance with massive 303 bass-lines. I did not recall it like that and it surprised me really hard when I listened to it again only a few months back. I guess that’s where my love for Acid Basslines come from.
WVFM: How do you go about creating a new track and where do you look for inspiration?
Riven: It depends, usually, when I hear a sample I like somewhere, like in a movie or so, I just go into the studio, try to find it and jam around. Sometimes, I get something useful, sometimes, I discover new techniques, sometimes, it’s just complete nonsense.
WVFM: Growing up what did you listen to and who are your biggest influences?
Riven: As mentioned above, Hardcore Trance. Not because I liked it, but because I got it for Christmas, as everyone in the germanophone countries (no joke). Besides that, the usual stuff, Faithless, Dr. Alban played a big part as well as System of a Down, Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson and… Spandau Ballet! Yes, it’s true!
WVFM: Coming from Luxembourg who are your favourite producers from the scene there and is it a good place to be for music?
Riven: Well, many people ignore that we actually have some pretty awesome producers in Luxembourg! You should check out ND Catani, Eastone or Chich’s productions for example! They are absolutely banging!
WVFM: What else have you got going on that you can tell us about?
Riven: We’ve got a lot of great events coming up with the Label and for that, I suggest you follow us on Facebook and maybe, come pay us a visit in Luxembourg or at one of our showcases in Berlin.
WVFM: Finally, please tell us about your mix and what delights you have in store for us?
Riven: It’s a mix I recorded at a Terrace party during the summer. It’s pretty chill and I really enjoyed playing it as well as listening to it again. I hope you like it!