Have you heard the single “Save Me?” What about “Don’t Push Me Back” or “Chemistry?” Well, do yourself a favor and listen. The guys in Above & Beyond are promoting and supporting this guy and I am excited to watch him grow. Louis Tan was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, and is living proof that good music can stem from any part of the world. Influenced by guys like Myon & Shane 54 and Markus Schulz, LTN is making a name for himself in electronic dance music. I had the chance to meet him and learn more about all of his new singles and his plans in dance music. Oh, and he recently releases his debut artist album titled People I’ll Never Forget. It is my pleasure to introduce you to LTN.
“Fuego De Amor” and “A Long Walk To Freedom” are out now exclusively on Beatport. I’m digging both those tracks. Why did you decide to release them exclusively on Beatport?
These two are the most demanding instrumental tracks from my album People I’ll Never Forget. My label Enhanced Music decided to release these two as a preview for my album’s upcoming extended mixes.
Tell me a little bit more about the album.
It’s about all the people who are involved in my life, whether they support or challenge me, all of them make me become a better person and a stronger person. I’m thanking my family who have always been there for me. Without these people, I wouldn’t be where I am now.
What does LTN stand for?
It’s from my name; Louis TaN. (laughs)
Over the years you have worked with a lot of different record labels. Why does a DJ bounce around from one label to the next?
In my opinion, we always want to release with a better label each time. We want our music to be heard all around the world, so we are looking for the label with the best exposure for their artists. Labels are very important and determine the music quality.
Who are some of your biggest influences?
During my earliest year, Above & Beyond, Paul van Dyk, Armin van Buuren, and Tiësto were my biggest influences. I know their music direction has changed but they were the pioneers in the industry.
It seems like every DJ has a podcast. You have Above The Sky. As a DJ, tell me what it is like releasing a new episode every month? Heck, some guys release a new episode every week!
The idea behind my podcast is that when my fans listen to it, they go on a journey. I am a little bit picky when it comes to selecting songs for my podcast. The reason I don’t do it every week is because there are many songs that have the same sound. There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as the outcome is good, but I just want to provide different sounds for each podcast.
Las Vegas has become the center for electronic dance music in the United States. What are some of your favorite venues in Sin City?
I have been there once, at that time I have to say that Marquee is my favorite.
I don’t see a lot of tour dates on your website. Are you planning a tour later this year?
At the moment, I do a lot of local gigs. But since I joined Assured Agency, I am starting to get more gigs, which will be updated on my website soon.
What was it like working with Katty Heath?
A label approached me to do a collaboration with her. It was fun and we make great music together.
Earlier this year Armin interviewed you on A State of Trance. Tell me more about that. Did you get nervous talking with him?
I was very happy to be a part of A State of Trance 650 in Jakarta and it was a privilege to be interviewed by a legend. It was a great experience and I was a little bit nervous.
Voting for the DJ Mag Top 100 is going on right now. As a DJ, what does that list mean to you, and do you think, if you made the top 100, it would change anything?
DJ Mag Top 100 means that the artist is recognized all over the world. On the other hand, it is also more like a popularity contest. Of course, it would change my career as most people will always look at the top 100 as who’s the best of the best.
What’s next for LTN?
I am working at a lot of remixes and singles and also slowly in my free time, working on my next album.
Thank you so much for doing this. In all of the interviews I do, I always give the artist the last word. Go.
I would like to thank you for giving me an opportunity to do this interview. And I would like to say hello to my fans. See you around the world.