LSN are a group of 6 musicians/producers who make experimental electronic bass music. Each member brings different influences to the collective and together the group explore different genres with their multi tempo sound, making everything from abstract ambient to all out drum and bass with an emphasis on creating a live musical experience. LSN produce tracks recording live vocals, a variety of instruments including guitars and synths and also make their own samples from live recordings of every day sounds. LSN aim to create a multi sensory depth to their music by experimenting with visual art as well as sound: making visuals for their tracks and nights along with contributing their own photography towards release artwork.
The history of LSN
LSN’s first release, in 2014, was a drum and bass track titled ‘Diyumi’ which featured on Uprise Audio’s ‘Live From The Future: Extended Edition’ compilation album. LSN’s ‘Apollo’ EP was then released shortly after they played Outlook Festival in Croatia 2014. Since then the group have continued to play regular nights & festivals in North Wales, the South West of England and London and have also appeared on GetDarker near the end of that year. LSN spent the first half of 2015 playing nights in Vienna and Belgium and writing their debut album ‘Oblivion’ (out April 2016 on Uprise Audio). They also had two dubstep collaborations appear on Feonix’s self-titled LP in March, and their track ‘Kepler’ featured on Uprise Audio’s 7 Days EP in the summer.
LSN finished 2015 with a two-track DnB single Double Edge/Walkyman that was released in December after the group got back from touring the U.S.A and Canada. Performing a Live/PA set they spent six weeks throughout October and November on the road, playing nights in Vancouver, Calgary, New Orleans, Arcata, San Francisco, Kansas City, Buffalo, Boston and finished in Brooklyn, New York. LSN’s forthcoming album ‘Oblivion’ was recently named “album of the week” by BBC Radio Cymru and their tracks are regularly played and supported on Rinse fm & Sub fm by Youngsta and Seven. The collective are set for an exciting 2016 with the release of their debut album ‘Oblivion’, more festivals, gigs and tours in the pipeline and much more new music to come.
You can also check out their interview with Stoney Roads below
First of all, what brought you guys together? Was it a mutual connection or was it one member’s idea to start with?
It was a series of serendipitous meetings really. Four of us met when we moved to Bangor for university in 2010 and over the next couple of years got more involved in the local soundsystem scene, which is where we met Na-Kika. Everyone’s from fairly different musical backgrounds but a shared love of the deeper, bassier side of things brought us together and was the main drive to start producing together. We’d all been making tunes in some form and they just progressed to be more collaborative. LSN started as a way to differentiate the tunes that were more collective studio efforts than standard collabs between just a couple of us and grew from there.
What about Uprise Audio; how did that signing come about?
Once we were consistently getting beats finished we started sending them about a little to various contacts. Na-Kika had been networking and it was Verity who put us into contact with Ed. It was when we made Apollo that we really got their attention and things went from there. We went down to London to play at our first Uprise night at Silver Bullet which was a great event and gave us a chance to meet the team. Having Diyumi on the Live From The Future Extended Edition couldn’t have been a better first release; one of our tracks being featured alongside such inspiring artists was quite surreal.
Your music says a lot – it speaks worlds of ambience, drum & bass and of course dubstep, with the vocals of Simetra just making every tune that much more special. How do you work in the studio, though? With six people huddling around the room, surely there’d be some disagreements regarding some production?
We tend to put long shifts in when it comes to the studio, often putting down most of a track in one or two sessions. Workflow completely depends on the tune though, sometimes we’ll start with just a sample or two, sometimes a specific sound in mind. We take it in turns to add or edit ideas but all the major decisions come from a collective mindset with lots of thoughts bouncing off each other. Everyone’s got different areas that they’re particularly good at but there aren’t really any rules as to who does what. We’ve got a fair few instruments between us and everything is home produced. As with anything there are occasionally disagreements but we move on from them quickly and they help us to get the best sound we can.
How did you come across Simetra; had any of LSN worked with her before?
Towards the end of last year we were introduced to Simetra through mutual friends after hearing a recording of her singing and playing piano. She fit right in straight away and it turned out her vocals were exactly what we needed, helped by her moving in next door. She was probably the quickest to pick up production out of all of us and writes lyrics in English, Welsh and French.
How do you manage live shows – obviously you can’t really have six people DJing at the same time – how do you configure yourselves at festivals like Outlook? (Exciting!)
The ultimate goal is a full live set up where we’re all playing together but for now we DJ with Simetra providing vocals. We’ll usually split a set up and play a few tunes each but there’s constant discussion to make sure it’s a coherent mix. We’re probably going B2B on the boat party at Outlook and can’t wait. We’re on the biggest capacity boat alongside Seven, Truth, Asylum, Klax and Indiji and we know from experience that they always go off!
With reference to 23KID, he’s made visuals for some huge events. Do you have his visuals behind you at every show?
That’s something we’re working towards but we don’t quite have the technical set-up to be able to do every show yet. The installation on the house at Outlook and Dimensions was a massive opportunity to learn more about projection mapping and in the future we’re planning on putting that to good use. We’ve done a couple of visual based shows at exhibitions with a local artist called Mr Kobo and his Happy Medium collective. The visual aspect of things is definitely an important component, adding another sensory experience to sets. It’s another thing that we’d like to do be done live too, I worked with Ifan Dafydd on an audio-visual live set for a festival last summer and VJing real time gives you so much more creative control to fully match the music and the images.
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