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Lucas Wootton

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Location: Mistissini
Website: https://www.hostibus.com/music

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Short description of your art.

I began experimenting with electronic music production around the year 2000. From early musical works pieced together using combinations of freeware and demo software combined with entry level editing suites (Sound Forge) and multitrack editors (ACID), to my latest productions created with a modern digital audio workstation, I have generally striven to share with the world a grounded but signature take on both the genre of trip hop and, to a lesser extent, drum n’ bass.

Where did you learn your art?

Growing up in the eighties, I heard a very eclectic mix of music throughout my childhood and teenage years. From the score of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope on vinyl, to the latest pop on the radio, I grew up loving The Police, Men at Work and The Talking Heads. Other artists like INXS and the Eurythmics also had a big influence on musical tastes early in life. Later I discovered the likes of Faith No More, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against the Machine and many others. As I grew older and wiser, I began to discover more classic 90's hip hop also. I'm still discovering today. I took piano lessons as a child but didn't fully complete my musical training - opting instead to take up guitar in my early teens. Inspired by electronic music pioneers and legends like Squarepusher, Photek, Goldie, Icarus, Aphex Twin, Mocean Worker and a slew of dazzlingly innovative artists from the 90's, I would go on to slowly learn the craft of electronic music production in the Windows desktop environment. My DAW of choice is FL Studio, though I have begun to dip my toes into Ableton Live Lite, Presonus Studio One and, most intriguingly, Harrison Mixbus 32-C. Currently I'm learning the craft of DJing in order to facilitate the performance of live shows, while I complete what will be my first 'studio album', so to speak.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

All around, all the time.

Have you received any formal training?

I have not pursued a formal education in the field of music or audio engineering.

What other art forms do you practice?

I enjoy photography. Not professionally, but my album art thus far has utilized photographs I have taken myself.

Do you sell your work? If so, how?

I do have a compilation album of an assortment of tracks I produced during the period between 2000-2015. It's called Collected. I recommend finding it at CDBaby, where I offer it at a reduced price, but it is also available from most popular music services. My first ever formally published track was on Montreal hip hop artist Anakin Slayd's first major release Stalwart Empire in 2009. It is titled "True Lies and the Gods That Tell Them", wherein the artist commissioned me to remix a classic Ennio Morricone composition from a spaghetti western. My newest single has just been published as of November 1st, 2019. Follow the link to www.hostibus.com/music for quick links to most popular music services. Unfortunately, Covid-19 has has slowed completion of my album. I do expect to have a new single available by the holidays, however, and should be able to make a determination of an exact release date for my album shortly thereafter.