Ahead of his huge Purified Records debut, we caught up with New York-based producer David Lindmer about his forthcoming ‘Altered State’ EP, receiving support from some of the biggest names in the game, championing up-and-coming talent on his imprint Running Clouds and his launching a new music collective Chromia Sound.
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Hi David, welcome to Techno Mood. Where are we speaking to you from today?
Hey Guys, thanks for having me! I am in my studio currently at my home in New York.
You have a new EP coming out on Purified Records. Can you tell us a little bit about the ‘Altered State’ EP and how it came about?
Yeah I am excited for this one! It all happened quite quickly actually. For the lead track ‘Altered State’, Ela and I had been sending a few ideas back and forth and she sent me snippet of her singing over what is now the breakdown for ‘Altered State’, from there I got goosebumps because I knew just what I wanted to do with the production and was able to finish it very quickly. I’m really happy with it, I think the combination of our styles compliment each other beautifully.
Mission Control is the second track on the EP and it’s a track I specifically made with the club’s reopening in mind, as the world started to emerge from COVID restrictions, I was dying to get back into making bangers! I wanted the track to be powerful in the low end with an ascending lead line that felt like it was taking you on a mission to another world, combining that lead with the bass line from my Sub37 was exactly what I was looking for and from there the track started to come to life. It’s the track that I see played out most in the big parties, and I can see people enjoying themselves and just happy to be out raving again, which is exactly what I intended, so I’m really pleased with it.
The tracks have seen some amazing support already from the likes of Kevin de Vries, Fideles and Nora En Pure herself. How does it feel to hear your tracks being supported by such incredible names?
It’s always amazing to see your music played at the biggest venues and by the biggest names. I’m so thankful for all the support I have gotten from those guys over the past few years and it’s what keeps me motivated. I think the most rewarding thing for me as a producer is to see the crowd react to the music. When I make a track I am always thinking about how each element is going to impact the listener, at these big parties you have hundreds and thousands of people all in different states of mind, and the right track can get their emotions and their bodies in sync, that feeling of togetherness and discovery is something really special to see.
How did you get into the music industry?
As an artist I have been making electronic music since my late teens, in my mid twenties I started to see some results and took things a bit more seriously, I upgraded all my studio gear, started stockpiling synths and learnt how to mix and master tracks to a professional level. From the industry side I always wanted to start my own label but I didn’t really have the knowledge required, so I teamed up with my friend Andrea in 2018 who was already managing a label, and we started to share knowledge, combine our strengths and skills and work together to create what is now Running Clouds.
Tell us about your imprint, Running Clouds.
Running Clouds for us has always been about championing up-and-coming talent, we aim to shine a light on the most promising underground acts, and nurture their progression. Managing a label is a lot of work and we have both been busy recently so we took a break for few months, but we are re-launching the label next month with a new VA and we have some incredible tracks and artists to share so keep an eye out for that!
You recently launched Chromia Sound Collective. Could you tell us about that project?
I’ve always felt it’s really important for me as an artist to experiment and remain on the cutting edge of technology. During the lockdown I spent a lot of time talking with my friends and fellow producers Simone (Un:said) and Sam (Massano) trying to figure out what the future might look like for the music industry. Simone and I were both studying audio reactive Visual FX and we wanted to create our own brand where there would be a strong focus on immersive audio. We delved into all sorts of blockchain and Metaverse stuff, we even created our own virtual night club and NFT gallery! We know this stuff is not for everyone but we learnt a lot about our capabilities in that area and the potential impact it could have on the music industry. Now with the restrictions lifted and parties starting up again we are excited to have our first launch event on June 25th at Aures in London.
What else do you have coming up?
I have a couple of gigs coming up this month in New York and then I go to London in June for our Chromia Sounds launch. Between that I am just keeping busy in the studio, I am in a good groove at the moment and I want to keep up that momentum and energy.
What keeps you inspired for making new music?
I have always loved music and it’s power to connect people. Playing gigs is probably the biggest inspiration and getting that feedback on your music right there in real time, discovering what works and what doesn’t in the club really opens your eyes and allows you to improve as a producer. I always try to take something away from a gig and channel that back into my productions.
How do you like to spend your time when you’re not in the studio or working on your label?
To keep fit I like playing football, although I keep getting injured at the moment, so it’s been more watching recently! If I am not gigging myself I like to go and see live music with friends because I always find that atmosphere really inspiring. I love to Travel and discover new places, spending time with my family and my dog, all those good things in life keep me busy 🙂
Anything last words for our Techno Mood readers?
Thank you for reading this and checking out my music. I hope you like what you hear and look forward to connecting with a few of you guys in the future wherever you may be in the world. If you are in London in June come and say hi and see what we are doing at Chromia!