At 18 years old, Landis LaPace is pretty much a typical American kid. He graduated from high school in May 2015 and lives with his mother in Florida, where he still has chores. LaPace is not a typical kid, however, in that he’s already DJ’d festivals such as Splash House in Palm Springs, Electric Forest Festival in Michigan and EDC in Las Vegas. LaPace returns on July 15 to play SoundYard by MomentUS Entertainment at Place on Seventh Street alongside DJs Gerry Gonza, LondonBridge, Type3 and DJelani. So much better than taking out the trash and mowing the lawn.
It seems like many of the younger people in the music industry are more into the EDM bangers and the really commercial stuff, and it takes awhile for them to find and catch on to actual house music. What attracted you to house and techno?
I discovered Skrillex, who obviously everybody knows. I started listening to music, and I discovered dub music. Then I got into the BS, commercial EDM, for just a short time—not too long. I remember hearing my first tech house track and I was like, “Wow, this is crazy.” It’s just so different, and very funky and groovy, and I fell in love. A big part of getting into the more underground type of music was when I went to Ultra [Music Festival] when I was 15 or 16. Carl Cox was there, and a friend told me, “You have to go see Carl Cox at least one time,” and I was like, “All right, whatever.” I went and saw him, and I was blown away by the music he played, the way he played it and the whole kind of feeling. It was really cool. That played a big part in me getting more into the underground side of things.
House music has a long and rich history going back some 40 years. Have you looked into the older stuff, or are you more into the modern house music?
I definitely listen to older house music; I know the sound and everything. It’s really cool. Lately, I’ve been into a lot of Drumcode techno. I don’t like to limit myself or pigeonhole myself to just one thing, so I play what I believe sounds good. I don’t really care what genre it is as long as it sounds cool, and I think other people will like it.
What does your ideal workspace look like?
I live on a lake, so my bedroom has a perfect view. It is my bedroom, but at the same time, it feels like a natural place to be creative. I never take my production laptop on the road with me; I’ve never taken it anywhere. I go out on a weekend and then play a couple of shows. I’ll get really inspired, come home and just nail a couple of tracks down throughout the week. I get really inspired by a lot of big festivals, as well. I get to see multiple acts that I like. That’s how that process works.
What does a typical day at home look like for you when you’re not touring or working?
I go for a run or work out. I’m always working in the yard; it’s kind of a lot of maintenance with the trees and everything. I’ll maybe do something on the lake like take the kayaks out or go fishing, then I always cook dinner. I love to cook. Whenever I’m home, I try to cook almost every night and hang out with friends throughout the day.
I would totally live with my parents still if they lived near me.
I still live with my mom at home, but I am self-sufficient. It’s not like I’m freeloading off my parents.
You were making music in high school. How did you pick up that skill at such a young age?
I had a friend, Bradley, who did a lot of stuff on the computer. He had FL Studio [production software] on his computer. Because he knew I was into electronic music at the time, he would tell me, “Hey, man, come over. Let’s make some music.” We messed around and he taught me a little bit of the basics. I learned from tons of YouTube tutorials and tons of hours spent toying with everything. I never took any formal classes. I guess you could say I’m self-taught.
What does your mother think about your music blowing up and you flying all over the country, doing these shows?
She’s very supportive and very proud that I’ve even made it to where I am, even though I’ve almost just got my foot in the door. She’s really happy to see that I’ve had some success.
Is she surprised, or has she always known that you were going to be successful in music?
I don’t know. I never really planned to do this, so my whole family was probably a little surprised when this happened.
When I was 18, I was not at all paying attention to a career or the rest of the world. I was just screwing around at home trying to figure out how to get beer. What do your friends think?
They are also really proud of me. A lot of my friends love techno and house music, so they think it’s really cool that I’m able to travel the country and make money off it.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I’m actually starting EMT school soon while also doing music! It’s hard to tell what the future will look like in this industry, but hopefully I can include both of those things in my life.