Lukas Satin aka Cyberluke is a 30-year old tech entrepreneur and a music producer who has a significant love for dance music. His technological company Nanotrik, sell wearable devices for music, such as a WiFi finger or a full body motion capture gear, which sounds very innovative and interesting. However, above all this, with his music, he wants to bring a unique style influenced by Drum & Bass and Eurodance genres. Discover more about him below.
1 – Where did this love for music begin for you?
It has started in my childhood, I was listening to various music charts and sometime I could listen one casette for hours :-). During that time my favorite music was by 2 Unlimited, Pharao, 666, Culture Beat, Masterboy. Officially it was probably during the high school, when I bought my first DJ mixer and turntables.
2 – Why did you decide to start producing music under the alias Cyberluke?
I played Uplink hacker PC game a lot and this was my nickname, didn’t find anything better that would suit my personality. 😀
3 – What inspired you to create your latest single “Back Again”?
Mostly I was producing Drum & Bass with a lot of modulations (neurofunk, liquid funk). Last three years a lot of things happened. A girl broke up with me after six years and a lot of friends left the city, so our DJ crew and studio room also got a break. During the start of this year, I realized that I need music in my life and tell stories. A lot of friends tell me I have a talent, but I need also a lot of a motivation to trust myself and finish more projects. I hear a lot that you have to believe in yourself and keep doing what you love. The outcome is much better if you do it this way and are not forced to do something just to survive. My main moving energy is mostly anger. I’m trying to be very tolerant of things & people. But when it is too much over the line, everything will blow up and I’m trying to solve the situation by some quick action with the best effort algorithm, lol. That way I can make radical changes in my life, like alter the concept. It helps me keep in continuous motion moving towards my inner goals. One such thing happened at the start of the year. I got angry with my current life situation and bought a couple of gear including a limited edition Korg MS-20M on E-Bay. And I decided to do the most of the things myself, so I can do it my way relying purely on trust in myself and being critique in my own decisions. As perfectionist, I never had this problem. 😀
4 – We know you love Eurodance music so much. Do you think this style is still relevant in Europe despite the global domination of EDM?
Since last two years, there was a lot of big Eurodance events featuring the original artists. This year there are like three of them in different cities and that is just my small country in the middle of Europe. So I think people are not enjoying pure EDM produced by one guy on a laptop, but are looking for a more sophisticated content with more complex melodies and also some vocalists. I’m not saying it features some complex orchestration, but it definitely has more varying riffs and melodies than a current mainstream EDM in my opinion. What I would like to see is not producing Eurodance like it was before nor do I want to hear 90s vocalist with Benny Bennasi style of bass. I would like to hear is something fresh just being inspired by colorful & happy melodies from the 90s with some kick & bass that is new and progressive. Some kick & bass combination that just blows up the dancefloor. From festivals I have been at, the combination that I think works the most and is really fresh with a little bit of that underground culture in it is Psytrance. It is really a very spiritual dancefloor music that makes the use of every frequency on a festival sound system.
5 – How many artists are part of your newly created label A Better Sound? Can you give us some names?
The current number is 8 including myself. A part of our sound is, for example, Atlanta-based DJ Dohrok making EDM, but with the sounds of dubstep. It sounds faster and does not make me feel boring on a party like normal dubstep, lol. His debut release is scheduled during the first week in July. Also, my longtime friend VinylFanatic is supporting a lot, not only with his music. Recently we started to work with AJ Belik (Russia), Arkin160 (France), Duistere (Belgium), Nipox (France), Under The City (Italy). Especially people from Italy & France has often more melodic content and maybe stay true to their origins.
Well, I was thinking about the goal. But the main goal is just to enjoy the process and get out with some really great music major labels are ignoring.
7 – Can you describe your role as the founder of the tech startup Nanotrik?
In a lot of big companies it is hard to start using a new technology. There is more managers than thinkers, which makes the communication not very beneficial. One day, I got angry again and started a sidejob as a freelancer. Currently my work is more technical like CTO, find & evaluate new technology, both software & hardware. Make some prototype, play with it, do some presentation, go to some event. I found lack of communication with people very frustrating when just writing code as a software developer. And my hobbies are quite extreme for an average office person ^_^
8 – What is your favorite gadget from Nanotrik? Why?
I like them all, because we never buy components we do not like. Interesting are these new cloth materials like conductive thread, conductive ink. But recently we started to go more into VR and applying these materials & some hardware for that. On maker events, we had the biggest success with a ring containing Wi-Fi plus a high-quality motion sensor we assembled on our own board. Children enjoyed it on both PC games and mobile VR. I’m also trying to hack it and find the best scenarios, where it could work with DAW for a producer or MIDI/OSC app for a DJ. I had some DJ gigs with it, but it was not ready yet and it is better for live show with live synthesis than just for two or three Traktor DJ effects that get boring quickly. Good for a buildup, where people can hear the frequency rise up you do just with your hand, but not like creating live dubstep bass. For that, me as a DJ would have to take that 6-core i7, 24GB of RAM I have in my studio, lol.
9 – Where can we stream your music? Are you planning to release an EP anytime soon?
Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Tidal, Shazam. A lot of places for listening, really. Yes, I would like to release it on 13th August – my birthday. But that depends, I must be happy with my finished tracks. I’ve heard that no track is finished, just abandoned. So when I abandon like 4 tracks, we could call it EP :-). Recently I got a big opportunity to spend some time in the studio with famous Topspin (No Money duo). My Drum & Bass journey started with No Money and they still kill it with their neurofunk basslines, so I’m really happy when I can like talk face to face. It is a big honor for me even I’m not telling it. Anyway, I was forced to buy a Cubase Pro, which is not cheap, so I hope we will also make some tunes together in the near future (using Reaper DAW on current projects).
10 – How do you manage your time? Is it hard to be an artist and a CEO at the same time?
Yes, it is not easy. Sometimes I’m drained by negative people at work that I don’t have a mood to make some melodies. Sometimes I just take a vacation and close myself in the studio, that works pretty well. I try not to have a classic 8 working hours scheme, rather than work 4 hours, take 2 hours break, then work another 4 hours. It helps me maximize the actual focus & energy and not procrastinating.