Bristol-based House and Techno night Greenhouse Effect has been going from strength to strength over the past few months. At their summer event on the 11th of August, Loose Lips resident and editor Max Dade went down to open the night and found out a little more about Greenhouse's founder and resident, DJ Luce.
What is Greenhouse Effect and what drove you to start it?
Greenhouse Effect is a House and Techno night in Bristol, which offers a little something different. Many promoters in the industry work to create a specific sound and/or focus on playing only in specific sub-genres. As Greenhouse Effect is a new promotion, it provides me with a lot of freedom to work with DJs and Producers from various scenes. I wanted a platform that I could use to bring artists from different musical backgrounds together in one place. I always tell the DJs I work with to focus on having fun during their sets and to play music that they feel represents them on a more personal level, which is why you are likely to hear eclectic music selections at the events.
So, Greenhouse Effect is about blurring the lines between music sub-genres. Would you say this is reflected in your sets as well?
I think so, yes. I enjoy stacking different rhythms on top of one another, playing some balearic classics, coupled with breakbeat-influenced electro. Then, I might move into a section of melodic techno, for example. Lately, I have been exploring a lot of House and Techno influenced by world music/global grooves, as well as some more deeper vibes with soulful vocals. Having grown up in the 90s, I definitely have a soft spot for old-school rave tunes from that era and their modern-day remixes.
Where do you draw your inspiration from as a DJ and how does this link in with Greenhouse Effect?
Originally from France, I moved to the UK six years ago. I am very fortunate to be based in Bristol, which is brimming with local talent in the underground scene. It is also very diverse in terms of influences and the music that you can find on a night out. I have recently been going to more UK Funky nights, and exploring genres such as Kwaito and Gqom. These types of tunes are a little different to what you will usually find in my sets, but that kind of musical diversity is what I like about Bristol. I push myself to broaden my tastes in music and this is also part of the concept behind Greenhouse Effect!
How and why did you get into DJ'ing? Where did you first learn?
When I was younger I was always one of those people that would spend hours preparing playlists for events. You know, that kid who is always standing by the stereo at house parties and considers knowing music to be their job! I messed around with DJ software like Virtual DJ from an early age, but it wasn't until I moved to the UK six years ago that I really took DJing seriously. At first, I used a Numark Controller and Serato before then moving on to use CDJs. Feeling inspired by the music I was hearing in local clubs, I taught myself initially.
At that time, I had just started a career in the aerospace industry; so, at first, I did not have the objective in mind to be playing out. I am an introvert by nature and do not particularly enjoy being the centre of attention. But we are social creatures and in the end, there was a 'moment'. I was at home doing a mix and putting together the most awesome transition -- I was filled with energy and happiness... but somehow something was missing. It was at that precise moment that I realised I didn't have anyone to share it with; no one but me to appreciate the vibe I had created.
Ultimately, it was that moment that drove me to overcome an element of my introverted nature and push myself to play out!
Coming from France, is there a big difference between the two countries in terms of the music, people, opportunities and spaces?
Yes, there is a big difference between France and the UK. Of course, we have many good House and Techno DJ / producers in France; for example, Shlomo, Laurent Garnier, Bambounou, Scan X to name a few, but oddly enough, I only discovered them once I moved to the UK! The reason being is that in a lot of places, with Paris being the great exception, mainstream music and clubs rule, which also means less spaces for up and coming underground artists to develop. As a result, underground music is less accessible in France than in the UK which was (and still is) definitely the case in Toulouse, where I grew up. However, this is changing, I think partly because over the last couple of decades people have traveled more and more, partly due to the rise of low-cost airlines.
Students are spending more time abroad in Germany, the UK, or the Netherlands, for instance. There, they often discover underground electronic music and ways of clubbing, and want to experience them again when they return to France. The demand for an underground scene in French provincial cities is increasing and I have seen a couple of clubs shifting their focus in that direction in Toulouse over the past ten years or so. Le Bikini, for instance, which reopened in 2007 and whose line ups have been improving ever since, with more and more underground artists playing there. Bristol DJ and producer Hodge was performing there back in March actually! There is also Le Connexion, which is more open to smaller line ups and is very varied in terms of genres. I randomly ended up there on a night out three years ago and a German promoter was putting on a Psychedelic Disco event! So, things are evolving for the better to become a little more similar to the way things are in the UK, with more and more opportunities for underground artists.