Spotlight Interview with Lexto
A new track from Lexto has an almost magical air to it as it blends smooth textures and creates killer builds that transform into cinematic dance soundscapes and gives off a delightful sheen and crisp tonality that feels good to listen to.
"1 AM" has something peaceful about it. There is this sort of calming feeling you get that also seems freeing. It has a vast undertone and although there are subtle changes and additions to the song as it plays on, it always has this smile.
It's actually quite nice for a drive, or a walk, but it also has some drive to it and it is certainly a dance track that balances nuances so well it's intimidating.
As it goes, you'll hear new synths and keys, effects and a little bit of a harder beat due to building percussion but even in those moments you find yourself incredibly relaxed.
It screams of neon nights lighting up street corners late at night. Good times with friends, and the groove is deep pocketed.
It's great to hear music that is actually good for the soul and "1 AM" is exactly that. It's damn good for the soul.
Let it engulf you. Let yourself get washed away with it. It's perfect in that sense.
Lexto has several styles undertoned in his music and each one seems to keep his staple sound in there, so you know its him.
There are some other absolute gems released by the artist but "1 AM" takes the cake for us.
With the release of such a killer single, we wanted to touch base with Lexto to find out where this came from.
Here's what went down.
RAG: Okay so let's start with "1 AM". This single has a genuine and almost cinematic undertone to it. Where did this track come from? - In my early 20's, I used to work multiple jobs back-to-back and I would listen to chill house or lo-fi house music to calm my mind. Also, I used to get out very late around 1 AM so the track was originally created from my past.
RAG: I'm hearing some great styles on this release. Who are some of your biggest musical influences? - The biggest musical influences are Amtrac, Benny Benassi, COMPUTER DATA, Daft Punk, Queen, Freddie Mercury when he went solo, and Diplo. RAG: So how did this all begin for you really? When did you fall in love with making music? - One late afternoon in summer 2006, I was playing video games on the computer and I overheard my older brother using VirtualDJ while mixing to Benny Benassi - Satisfaction. Little did I know that one track would change my life. The sound of the synthesizer was deep and had a ripping effect like no other. I was immediately attached and was deeply in love with the creativity of music. Ever since then, the younger version of me was seeking how to produce/create music. I came upon FL Studio and was taking YouTube classes to watch and learn how to produce. RAG: What inspires you to write a song? - My mind is very odd. Whenever I am driving or surrounded by the world, there are noises and clicks that catch my attention. Like "oh wow! That would be good for a house track or a hip-hop beat." I immediately recognize the sound and recreate it into my own style. RAG: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music? - Honestly, I love enjoying being around my friends and traveling to a different city to take a mental break from reality. It is always good to a small break because working on something for too long can be overwhelming. RAG: Who are you listening to right now? - Great Question! The song I am listening to is Disclosure - Help Me Lose My Mind RAG: Are you doing live performances? - At the time, I do not have any live performance but when I do, I usually make an announcement on my Instagram: Lextolv. However, I do have a residency at best Gay Bar in the valley at The Garden Las Vegas.
RAG: This single seems like a big undertaking. What kind of advice might you have for other up and coming artists out there? - My advice for those who are upcoming and want to aim high, is always be kind and humble to everyone. Surround yourself with those who love and support you. Like Freddie Mercury once said, "You can be anything you want to be, just turn yourself into anything you think that you could ever be." RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music? - I appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to listen to my work and hopefully one day I am able to do a meet and greet! Always be yourself and with a positive attitude, you can be anything you want to be! Love yah!