trndmsk Future Stars #4: Lorenz Lepus – Across Boundaries


Lorenz Lepus from Berlin recently produced a new mix– the fourth contribution to our Future Stars series. We spoke to the 21-year-old DJ about the perfect setting for “Across Boundaries” and why he applied for Audio design studies in Berlin.

trndmsk: What can we expect from the next 67 minutes?

Lorenz Lepus: You’re about to make a journey through the world of sounds. The mix is shaped by organic sounds and rhythms. I clearly decided not to focus on omnipresent melodies and vocals but rather on atmosphere– the vibe that is formed by the combination of tracks and blending. People who browse and click through the set will definitely perceive it differently than those who listen to the full 67 minutes.

How did you choose the tracks? Did you have a certain concept?

I didn’t want to compulsively include favorite tracks but tried to create a nice overall package. Therefore, choosing the tracks was really diverse. Some of them are two or three years old, others were in 2015. Some of them are minimalist Techno songs, others have some kind of House groove attached to it.

Where and how did you record the set?

It was all recorded at home using two turntables and Traktor.

You’re currently applying for Audio design studies. What are your goals as DJ and music producer?

I want to study Audio design to realise my own style. The better the technical knowledge in producing music, the higher is the chance to really create one’s own sound. There’s a lot of sampling and loops in the world of electronic music, and I think a lot of that can be affiliated to people doing it the easy way.

I don’t want to generalize though; there are excellent productions using samples.

Another reason for studying Audio design is some kind of security for the time after DJing. I had enough evenings back stage to know that it can be very hard to do this job forever without losing yourself. I’d like to make a living as a DJ and travel the world a little. In 10 to 15 years I’d like to dedicate myself to film music.

Any favorite spots in Berlin?

There are so many of them, I couldn’t even declare them as my favorite spots. Usually, I’m quite spontaneous about the decision where to go out. But my Tuesday Sound Department residency definitely left an imprint on my nightlife.

What are you looking forward to?

I’m about to have my first release and steadily working on further productions. Not too many gigs actually but two of them are confirmed: February 21st, 2015 at Rummels Bucht and May 24th, 2015 at Suicide Circus (Karneval der Kulturen).

DOWNLOAD via The Artist Union
(MP3, 320 kBit/s, 1:07:30 Min., 154,6 MB)