Q&A with playful and experimental musician Lucient
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Sharing his vibrant album Sa Casa des Carbó via Lapsus Records, music producer Lucient a.k.a. Mario G. Quelart blooms with his passion for experimental fusions. Incorporating celestial synth notes that collide with a surprisingly warm ambient flair, one can easily lose themselves in the world of Lucient. Born in Spain, the producer recalls fond memories of spending time in a refreshingly quiet and peaceful old fisherman’s house in Ibiza called Sa Casa des Carbó. During the lockdown period, the musician drew a huge source of inspiration for this album from the sounds of nature and the stillness he feels when thinking of this magical place. We chatted with the musician below.
If someone has never heard your music, which keywords would you personally use to describe your overall sound and style?
As a DJ, I am a very eclectic artist and navigate between many styles, but mainly move between deconstructed club sounds, leftfield techno or bass music, to name a few styles. But in Sa Casa des Carbó I have brought out my most experimental side with ambient and IDM influences, as well as a nod to the Balearic.
Tell us about yourself. How did you get into music?
I bought a couple of turntables when I was 16 and began experimenting with them, by 17 I was already playing in pop and rock bars and clubs, and over the years I evolved and focused on electronic music. I also studied sound engineering, which gave me a good foundation to start producing my own music.
When you compose and produce tracks, do you make music for yourself or do you make it with others in mind?
I think that it is impossible to do any artistic action without thinking about a possible recipient, I even doubt that it makes sense to do it in another way. Having said this, when I start producing I do what I feel, what I want to hear and I try to put all my personality into it.
Comfort the disturbed or disturb the comfortable – what is your aim with your music?
I think none of the options is my main intention. But if it happens, both seem fine to me.
Has your arsenal of equipment changed much since you first started?
Of course, I started out just making music on a computer and over the years I’ve bought and sold a lot of machines. My main weapon is Ableton live and plugins, but I like to combine it with hardware elements.
Three favorite tracks of all time?
Boards of Canada – An Eagle In Your Mind
DJ Shadow – Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt
LCD Soundsystem – Someone Great
What inspires you outside of music?
Other arts such as contemporary dance, nature, the world of emotions and philosophy.
What is the best or strangest reaction you’ve had to your music this far?
The best has always been when I’ve seen someone get emotional as a result. The strangest for me is when someone has remained indifferent. I can understand you like music more or less, but I cannot understand listening to music, whatever genre it is leaving you feeling indifferent.
What, in your opinion would be the perfect genre fusion?
Wow! Hard to say, I guess it had to be electronic-based, but with little touches of jazz, post-punk, tropical percussion and a bit of psychedelia.
Do you consider the Internet and social media as fundamental in building a career in music today, and what is your personal relationship with the new technology at hand?
For better or for worse, it has a remarkable influence. This is undeniable. I’m not really a fan, and I have to force myself a bit to participate in it.
What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or releases in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
I’m working on club music. I feel like putting out songs that I can play in my sets.