Learn more about the talented musician and DJ on the rise in our following interview with Lefti
Thank you for being part of our zine. Tell us more about yourself, when did you know you wanted to be an artist?
Thank you for having me. I knew I wanted to be in music when I was very young. My older brothers influenced me quite a bit and as soon as I was good enough at guitar, I started playing in bands. I was 14 or 15 when my neighborhood friends and I started jamming, there was no other feeling like it in the world. Then the bands changed around in high school and I started touring. I started to DJ in my Miami at my friend's party, which really turned me on to something different from playing in bands. Eventually, me and my friends/bandmates started to book after parties on the road that we would DJ which started to become more fun than the shows.
Where are you located and where are you originally from?
I am currently in Brooklyn, NY. I was born in Stamford, CT but grew up in Boca Raton, FL.
Top musical influences?
This is a tough one. I think my first true musical love was Michael Jackson, still a big influence (shout out to Quincy Jones too) always. I've gone down a few different paths in music which were all influenced by different things. For this project, I am really inspired by a lot of classic disco and 80's like Chic, C.O.M.B.I., Larry Levan, Madonna, MJ and New Order. I am also inspired by a mix of stuff from some more modern labels like Glitterbox, Ed Banger, DFA, Defected and then some wild cards like Juan Luis Guerra and other latin flavors for their use of percussion.
Goals for 2019 and beyond?
I have spent the last 6 months focusing heavily on making new music to release so, I'm really hoping to get a lot of that out + get more live dates brewing. Beyond that, I am very excited to see where this project can go but I see myself doing more studio production with other artists just as a producer/songwriter too. I would also love to open a restaurant waaay down the road.
Which comes first for you the lyrics or the musical inspiration? It could go either way.
I start with a lot of production ideas which I try to define either a cool progression or have a certain feeling to them, then try to write vocals and melodies over that. Sometimes it's about making my own vocal sample to use or finding one to use ;) A lot of the time, I will write to an instrumental with a vocalist and end up making an entirely new music bed under that, sort of like a remix.
Where can our readers catch a live show soon?
I will be spinning at the 'Toucan Sounds' launch party April 4th at The Freehold in Williamsburg.
Please answer the following... "If my fans really knew me, they would know that... "
Cooking is my other passion. I have a degree in Culinary Arts, actually. This was my first career path I chose when my folks rejected the idea of me going to music school.
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