The dance scene in Romania has a growing reputation as a thriving source of talented DJs and producers who are creating their own interpretations of the electronic music blueprint. One of the most talked about names to emerge recently is Luca M who has an impressive series of productions to his name already as well as increasing demand for his DJ skills. 2014 looks set to be the year when Luca steps into the spotlight in a major way.
Born and still based in the city of Bacau in Eastern Romania, Luca Madalin-Alexandru, to use his full name, has had a passion for electronic music from an early age. By the time he was 15, this passion had transformed itself into his first attempts at making music, a skill he quickly mastered. As support for his productions grew, DJing was the logical next step. It quickly turned into something Luca loved just as much as making music.
As well as playing all over Romania, the last two years have seen Luca make his mark on the international club scene with particular highlights being Txitxarro in the Spanish city of Bilbao where he plays on a regular basis, and the Mint Club in Leeds in the UK. There have also been trips to Mexico, Italy, France, Germany, Austria and Moldova with more international dates already in the pipeline for 2014.
Luca acquired his production skills through patience and determination starting with the most basic of equipment. At times it was a steep learning curve, but as his confidence and technique grew, he began to forge his own distinctive style. Beginning in 2008 with releases on local Romanian labels such as Sintope Digital, and Italian labels like Italo Business and 303Lovers, it wasn’t long before more established imprints began requesting tracks. Significant releases include ‘Grumpli’ on Starlight Unlimited, ‘Pufarine’ on Area Remote, ‘Habarnam’ on Cr2, ‘Alinare’ on Steve Lawler’s VIVa MUSiC, ‘Peak Week’ in collaboration with JUST2 on Kittball, ‘Sweet Love’ on Chus&Ceballos’s Stereo Productions, and the ‘Principe’ EP on Carlo Lio’s Rawthentic Music. ‘Melilla’ was included on ‘Defected in the House: Miami ‘11’ mixed by DJ Chus and David Penn.
‘Grumpli’ reached No. 4 in the Beatport Top 100 Tech House Chart in 2010, and the recently released ‘Pufarine’ and ‘Sweet Love’ already looks destined to be just as popular. Leading DJs showing their support of Luca’s music include Richie Hawtin, Marco Carola, Joris Voorn, Paco Osuna and 2000 and One.
In fact, Luca’s output has been nothing short of prolific with tracks and remixes across a wide selection of labels. He has also found time to launch his own label, Get Funky Music, in 2011 which he runs jointly with regular studio partners JUST2. They managed to sign tracks from artists like David Herrero, Hollen, Tube & Berger, Tony Dee, Redondo and many others. Impressive work from an artist still in his early 20s.
So what exactly gives a Luca M track its special quality? It’s a dynamic combination of energy and groove underpinned by a funk-fuelled bassline. This is tech house in the true sense, and the secret behind his popularity with other DJs and clubbers from dedicated house heads through to techno connoisseurs.
A good time is guaranteed when Luca is on the decks. “As a DJ and producer,” he explains, “when you see people enjoying your music, you can say mission accomplished! The mission is to make people happy. It’s the most beautiful feeling, and makes me stronger and more committed to finding a way to make my music even better.”
01// Loquace – You Know Why [Kiara Records]
02// Mattia Damato – 108 (Luca M & JUST2 Remix) [My First Love Records]
03// Luca M & JUST2, Alvaro Smart – Gimme Some [Witty Tunes]
04// Saeed Younan, Luca M & JUST2 – Double Damage [Witty Tunes]
05// Luca M & JUST2 – Red Alert (special edit) [CDR]
06// Luca M & JUST2 – Sweet Love (Rework) [Stereo Productions]
07// Luca M & Khris Rios – La Locura [Get Funky Music]
08// Jay Lumen & Max Demand – Hipster Chicks (Dub Version)[Suara]
09// JUST2 & Beeghy – Groovy Land (Oscar L Shinshy Remix)[CDR]
10// Miguel Lobo, Larry Peters – Coincidencias [Digital Traffik]
11// Junior Gee – Music Will Listen [Plastic City]