Watching artists mature through their musical careers is a major part of the sentimental side to CDR. It’s been a while since we first crossed paths with Eric Lau and those Freeness days. Definitely, time we caught up with the London-based producer, let’s go!
When and where did you first attend CDR? What do you recall?
Back when it was at a venue called Bridge & Tunnel. I remember being really nervous not knowing what to expect!
How did you hear about CDR?
I think I heard about from going to a night called Blacktronica. I met Charlie Dark there and he encouraged me to go.
What has CDR meant to you?
It was the first time I ever got to hear my own music on a proper system in a public space. It gave me confidence and allowed me to get real feedback.
Have you collaborated with, or hope to, any artists via CDR sessions?
I haven’t yet but I’m definitely open to.
Any other noteworthy CDR memories?
CDR did a nationwide tour and compilation CD called Freeness and I was lucky enough to be part of it. It really helped me gain a lot of exposure and made me believe I could take my music to the next stage in my career. I also remember hearing my track on Radio One when the CDR team were interviewed on Gilles Peterson’s show. I was in a car with some friends coming back from doing some workshops, I will never forget that moment.
Please could you describe your work life/creative life tussle. Any tips or tricks for managing to keep making music?
The work life/creative life tussle goes hand in hand. I feel that if you can utilise all your skills you will be able to have enough resources to be an artist and make the music that you wanna make. I supplement my artist side by doing other things like DJing, mixing, spec work, teaching.
Have you a favourite club and/or soundsystem?
Plastic People, had so many great memories there. Not only is the sound great, I always seem to learn something new about music there every time I go.
Please give a brief description of your current production/recording set up.
Mac Pro, Logic, MPC, UAD 2, EQ’s, 1210, Moog Little Phatty, Event ASP8
Have you a favourite piece of equipment? Something you always return to or at the centre of your studio.
UAD 2: just allows me to get a good sound without having to spend £100000’s Been on UAD since it first released.
Also my friend lent me an Orban EQ which is not really known, but is amazing on drums!
Any projects or tracks your working on at the moment that you’d like to let us know about?
I just released my second full length album entitled One of Many. Also working on an instrumental project.
Finally, have you any advice or words of warning for producers/musicians developing musical works in progress to play at CDR?
My advice would be just be to just do you.
See/hear plenty more at ericlaumusic.com.