Where they’re from: Milwaukee, WI
Songs you’ve heard on 88Nine: “Stranger Things,” “Yaaa Glitch”
RIYL: video games, Massive Attack, dreamy electronic pop
Where to see them live:
Album release show with Dashcam and Immortal Girlfriend on November 1 at 9 p.m. at Cactus Club
Five questions with LUXI
1. When did you start making music and when did you get into electronic production?
It’s hard to pinpoint the exact time I started making music…I was very young when I started. My mother was a folk singer and guitarist, which was probably my first exposure to making music. I know I wrote my first sheet music around five years old because my mom (my grandma who raised me) recently found it in one of her cookbooks.
In high school, when I wanted to record my songs to be able to send them to friends, I started experimenting with different free programs on the computer. It eventually evolved into getting the next best program every couple of years. The next tool I used was GarageBand, then I found Logic and started using that, until finally landing on Ableton Live, which I’ve been using since 2011. Since then it’s been a long evolution of just trying to get better and reach my full potential.
2. Tell us something people would be surprised to know about you.
I’m sure there’s a lot, [laughs] but probably the biggest thing is that I was raised by my grandparents who I call mom and dad. I think it definitely shaped who I am as a person now and it helped teach me to be a more compassionate person. It’s probably why I have the intense need to create and express myself.
3. Do you have a day job?
Currently I’m pursuing my art and music full time. Recently I opened a small online boutique and still haul my art out to the fairs during the summer. I also do small mixing projects for artists who find me online, so I’ve been able to piece together an income through multiple sources.
It took a long time to get there, my last place of employment was a sign company that I was doing design work for. I also used to work at a place doing vinyl decals on cars. I also previously worked at a video store and a roller skate rink.
When I was working full-time I worked 16 hour days or more. I’d work for eight hours at a job then come home and work for eight hours more on my own business and projects…for at least two years. It was intense. There were many days I’d go to bed completely depleted and wake up crying having to go to jobs that I didn’t like. It was very unhealthy, but the work I put in has been worth it and I’m glad I did it. I’m very grateful to be where I am now and to be able to pursue my passions full-time.