Interview with

Eric Lau

Eric Lau is a British music producer and DJ from London, England . His production style is characterized by heavy drums, often unrecognisable samples and a mixture of live and sequenced instrumentation. He first gained exposure with the song “Im Fine” featuring Rahel on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Bubblers (Part 4) this release marked the resurgence of the stripped back soul style and was followed swiftly by his debut EP for Fat City Records. He released his debut album “New Territories” in 2008 on Ubiquity Records to critical acclaim. Straight No Chaser wrote “New Territories represents the arrival of a talented artist and perceptive one-man production house.” On February 3, 2012 Lau released the much anticipated “The Mission – EP”, featuring vocals from rapper Guilty Simpson, Fatima and Olivier Daysoul. The vinyl edition of the release also featured contributions from drummer Chris “Daddy” Dave, and producer Damu The Fudgemunk.

Facts

Space is not empty
Time is not linear
We know nothing

Questions

What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Joy

How and when did you get into making music?
I got into making music 12 years ago, my friend gave me some music software and I haven’t stopped ever since.

What are your 5 favourite albums of all time?
Shuggie Otis – Inspiration Information
Donald Byrd – The Best Of Donald Byrd
Slum Village – Volume 2
Jay Dee aka J Dilla – Welcome to Detroit(Instrumentals)
Curtis Mayfield – Curtis (Live)

What do you associate with Berlin?
Free Spirits

What’s your favourite place in your town?
My home!!! Outside of that for music and vibe, Plastic People.

If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Work with young people or food.

What was the last record you bought?
Theo Parrish – Footwork

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Karriem Riggins

What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
I did a live show with a 9 piece band last year and my mother was in attendance. She didn’t fully understand what I did until that day!

How important is technology to your creative process?
It’s essential as it allows the energy to be captured and to be shared.

Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
I have an older brother and sister. They are extremely supportive of my career and am very blessed to have them in my life.

Our Favourites:  Eric Lau & Rahel – I’m Fine Eric Lau – Yesterday (feat. Guilty Simpson, Fatima & Olivier Daysoul)
Links: 
www.ericlaumusic.com facebook.com/ericlaumusic