TMN: First off, Dylan, thank you so much for being our Resident Artist this month!
LCV: Thank you guys for having me.
TMN: Now let’s rewind to the beginning, I’m talking about before there was even a Le Castle to be heard of, back to when you were just a little guy. Did you come from a household where music was present? Were you involved in any musical activities such as piano lessons or being in a choir when you were young?
LCV: No, I actually didn’t really start getting involved in music until I was about 16. Really there were no musicians in my house, I mean we enjoyed music but I just kind of started liking music more and more and tinkering with it when I was 16. The first instrument I got was drums, so played those for a while but then started messing with electronic music and started messing with midi-gear before I had a computer. Over time, learning to DJ, I enjoyed electronic music more and more, and experimenting with how to create it that is how I grew into my music. It was all very natural and self-taught, years of doing it and meeting other people and trading production secrets with one another, that’s really where it all comes from. Surrounding yourself with talented people and learning from one another.
LCV: Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails, it was an interesting time to because that is when bands who were big at that time were starting to experiment with electronic elements. Like Smashing Pumpkins had that one whole album where they used drum machines. I was also into stuff like the Prodigy and The Crystal Method. Electronic music was pretty new in the United States, everyone called it ‘techno’ (laughs). Any way I became interested and inspired by the freshness of those sounds.