Pictured: DJ Lux performs with frequent collaborator AJ McLean. Together they form All the Cool Kids. Photo courtesy of DJ Lux / Provided by TAG Collective with permission.
DJ Lux, the famous producer, writer and remixer, is currently on tour with the Backstreet Boys. He is supporting their DNA World Tour, with upcoming dates in Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Canada, among others. In total, he will join the boys for 22 dates.
DJ Lux should be well known to many Backstreet Boys fans. He is one half of the duo All the Cool Kids with BSB’s AJ McLean. He also brings his many years of music industry experience to every performance — experience that includes gigs with Jennifer Lopez, Bruno Mars and Beyoncé, according to press notes. His new single is called “Little Heartbreaker”.
Recently Hollywood soap box exchanged emails with DJ Lux about his support for the Backstreet Boys and what he has in store for the future. The questions and answers have been slightly edited for style.
What can fans expect from your Backstreet Boys DNA World Tour opener?
When fans come out to see my set on the road, they can expect to be taken on a musical journey through some of the greatest club records of the last three decades, performed with a live drummer and myself with Aaron Space playing the keys to give a new approach to legendary songs. To top it off, my good friend Francesco Yates (singer of the world hit “Sugar”) and Vara join us on stage to perform their singles and keep the party going.
How did you work with AJ McLean?
During my career, I had the chance to work with great artists with crazy success. AJ is definitely one of my favorites. Such a fun experience not only being creative with him and playing in our band ATCK (All The Cool Kids). It didn’t take me long to figure out why his fans are so fiercely loyal and passionate about supporting him.
What do you like about the single “Little Heartbreaker”?
First off, this song has been in the works for a while, and seeing it blossom is a really proud moment in my career. One of the things I love the most is that I got to do this one with my buddy Aaron Space, one of my favorite singers.
Do you like being backstage or on stage? You have done both in your career.
Honestly, I like both. I think I need both equally. Those are two things that really go together for me. When I create music in the studio, behind the scenes, it’s usually with an idea of what I want to express live. So as a DJ I’m always looking for a sound or a hook or a moment that will make people feel a certain way when I play live and it all starts for me in studio.
When did you first fall in love with music?
I grew up in a family that strongly embraced music. My grandmother was a professional pianist and singer. My father was a singer in church, so I was always there [it]. But the first real age bracket for me that I remember understanding what music meant to me was when I was about 8 or 9 years old and I started learning to play music and putting songs together.
What does the future look like for you beyond this tour?
Well, for me, as a reference earlier in this conversation, being able to be backstage and on stage, I hope to continue to do those two things on a large scale. I’m excited to continue releasing music for myself and producing records for other well-known and up-and-coming artists, as well as other opportunities that open up to major tours and festivals.
By John Soltes / Editor / [email protected]
DJ Lux will support the Backstreet Boys until September 14. Click here for more information.