Dzeko & Torres
Adrian Lux can’t seem to leave the studio these days. After all, he’s trying to make a proper album here—an intro-to-out collection of absolute anthems, custom made for clubs and living rooms. He’s off to a splendid start, too, with three inescapable singles (“Can’t Sleep,” “Strawberry” and “Teenage Crime”) that bridge the gap between head rush house and the kind of cutting-edge pop that seems to only come from Sweden. “This is going to sound weird,” says Lux, “But it’s hard for me to not write single-type songs—tracks you’ll want to listen to a million times. And that’s okay. It’s better to make one of those than three that sound good, but not great.”
Raised in Stockholm by a former punk rocker and a fashion photographer/filmmaker, Lux was as restless as his parents from an early age. For instance, when he wasn’t learning how to play guitar, Lux was landing modeling gigs for such major campaigns as the Swedish postal service and Stockholm’s answer to Barney’s, Nordiska Kompaniet.
He didn’t take music seriously until he was 17, however. That’d be the year his friends used their secondary “gymnasium” education as an excuse to build hip-hop beats. Dancehall and Dipset were Lux’s two obsessions at the time, although all that changed once he graduated and took a trip to Brazil. “When I got there, the music wasn’t what I expected at all,” explains Lux. “In some ways, it was better—like I didn’t hear samba music more than five times. Instead, everyone was mostly into cool electronic artists.” And by that, he means everything from electro to drum ’n’ bass. Not to mention traces of moonlit techno and moody progressive house.