Spotlight on: Loopz the Maestro

March 23, 2017

Cape Town based deep house producer Loopz the Maestro has been making beats since 2010, but is looking to release his first EP later this year. We talked to this upcoming producer about his sound, influences and what the future holds.

What kind of music did you grow up with and did you play instruments?
I started to play the piano but then I stopped learning. The music that I heard the most was from my dad. He used to play a lot of jazz music in the house and I used to listen to it.

How did you get your start in producing and how did you get into house music?
It was actually first my brother who got into it and then eventually I just decided to venture into it. House music I’ve always loved. Ever since 2010 I really got into listening to house music. Before that I listened to everything. A bit of dubstep, drum ‘n bass and a lot of hip hop.

Do you prefer local or international house? Who inspires you?
I prefer more international than local and the person that influences me the most right now is Atjazz (Martin Iveson). I think he’s a really great producer.

What sides of deep house do you like to explore?
I prefer the more underground side. Stuff most people don’t listen to. I feel like there’s a lot of talent there. It’s underrated.

What kind of elements do you like to use in your music?
I love the keyboard. I love the Rhodes piano, electric piano, sometimes the jazz guitar…

What have you been working on in studio?
I’ve been busy with 3 tracks and it’s going to be an EP that I’m gonna put out. It’s the first EP that I’m putting out. Hopefully I’ll get it out by the end of this year, so I’ll see how it goes.

Do you know what the EP is going to be called?
I titled it ‘Deep thoughts and shallow dreams’. It was weird how I came to it. I think I was about to sleep and I thought if I was to start an EP, what would I call it? Then I reflected about what do I like to think about? I think there was a time when my friend told me that I think deep at times, so I thought that’s neat, I like that. So I took that and shallow dreams - when I sleep I don’t have a deep sleep, someone can just walk into the room and I’ll wake up.

What made you decide to focus on making instrumental music?
I think it’s just what I used to listen to a lot. Most of the stuff I used to listen to didn’t have vocals and I thought it still sounds nice. You can still make a full track without vocals. Most people think you need to throw vocals on, but I thought yeah that would be nice but what are they going to say, how are they going to sing to it? So yeah, if I had to put a vocalist on I’d probably ask her to do some poetry or something.

What are your plans for the rest of the year?
I want to get into DJing later on in the year, but first I need to get some equipment. So I’m working on that and as soon as I get it, I’ll jump straight into it.

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