It’s not dubstep; it’s house music. And for sophomore Landis Lapace, it’s an interest he’s been dedicated to for about a year. It began with a toy drum kit from his parents. Then time in his school band, inspiration from his drum instructor, and a nudge from a friend helped him get started. In tracks such as “Sunday Funday” and “Horizons” one can hear traces of other electronic music artists such as Arty and Mat Zo, though Lapace incorporates his own style in his music with catchy beats and distinct chord progressions. By now he has nearly 30 tracks, many of them played by his brother, senior Logan LaPace, at parties.
Oracle: What got you started with this, or what inspired you to start?
Landis LaPace: I’ve played the drums since I was about 3 or 4; I used to have this little drum kit that my parents bought me. One day my friend showed me this software and I thought it was really cool. I got on my computer and I just started making music from there about a year ago.
O: What was the very first song you created?
LL: It was called “Pineapple”. At the time I thought it wasn’t that bad, since it was the first song I’d composed, but thinking about it now it wasn’t very good although some people said it was for a first track.
O: Do you prefer to make your own original music or do you put together mixes?
LL: At first I liked to do a lot of remixes, but then I got my skills and learned to create melodies and chords, so I like to make my own now.
O: So I heard you don’t like dubstep.
LL: Well that’s what got me into electronic music, so it’s not that I hate it; I just don’t listen to it. It’s was still kind of my route into electronic music.
O: How would you describe your music? Can we hear traces of other artists in your songs such as David Guetta or Daft Punk?
LL: I think it’s vibrant and happy, and very uplifting. And I’m influenced by artists like Arty and Mat Zo, so yes.
O: What would you say is the difference between dubstep and house music?
LL: Well the major difference is the BPM (beats per measurement). Dubstep is usually at 140 and house is at 128 though both can vary. Also, a lot of the drum samples and synths you’d use in both styles are different but you can still cross things over.
O: Have you contacted any record labels?
LL: Not yet, but I plan on doing that once I come out with my LP, which stands for Long Play, it’ll have around 6 to 8 songs on it and I’ll hand them out for free. I’d like to be signed by Anjuna Beats or Spinnin’ Records.
O: What kind of equipment do you use?
LL: I have a laptop and I use FL Studio, and if I do live sets I have a tractor control, which is basically a system that allows me to mix music live like most DJs would.
O: Do you think your family and friends are support you in this?
LL: Yes, a lot of my friends like to play my music wherever we go, and I know my brother plays it at parties. I also have a few friends who produce music. My parents are supportive of it, at first my dad was like, you know, ‘whatever’, but now he supports me.
O: Do you think producing music is a creative outlet or a stress-reliever?
LL: Definitely. Pretty much with all my spare time I’m making music, so it releases my emotions and stress. I spend anywhere from an hour to 4 hours a day [on it]. I’ll sit at the computer and just think of ideas, and once I get the main idea of the song it usually takes me about 2 to 4 hours to get it done.
O: There’s nothing you do specifically to fuel your inspiration?
LL: Sometimes I’ll listen to other artists for inspiration, but mostly I’ll just stare out my window and think.
O: Is there anyone you look up to?
LL: Definitely my drum instructor; even though I don’t play the drums much anymore I still show him my songs. He does drum lessons and sound engineering, so I look up to him
O: What do you consider the best part of producing music?
LL: I love when I finally come up with the chord progressions and all of that, and I love listening to the final product and hearing that other people like my music is a really good feeling.
Nataly Capote / Staff Writer