Interview with Australian music producer Sult, where he shines a ‘Viral Light’ on his life

Sult is the electronic manifestation of 26-year-old Australian, Luke Andersen. An emerging, experimental producer, who has progressed through a diverse range of music and sub-genres in the past. Only recently, discovering his niche and ultimately, his innate desire and motivation to develop the sound he’d envisioned since 2014. Somewhere just left field of driving techno stompers and slightly northeast of melodic and progressive house lies Sult’s production. Sult is the co-creator of Flux nightclub, at Phillip Island, Victoria. Where he and his brother, BANDO, host a variety of International, Domestic and local artists each Summer. Regularly opening and closing the decks at his home town for a variety of established producers, including, but not limited to Kaiser Souzai, Gabriel Moraes and Kase Kochen.

We had the incredible opportunity to have a chat to Sult where we spoke a little about him and his music.

At what point in your life did you have that moment where you said to yourself “This is it. This is the type of music I want to create?”
It was 2013 / 14. At the time I had little understanding of the basics of music production or the determination to pursue it. I was in complete awe of the releases from Boris Brejcha, Victor Ruiz and Alex Stein and the powerful leads that came with them. As Victor and Alex veered away from bass-heavy, Brazilian tech house into grittier, heavier techno territory, my own tastes were evolving simultaneously.

Now I’m inspired by the likes of  SAMA, Mario Ochoa, UMEK, Loco & Jam and Thomas Schumacher to name a few.

Please list some of your favourite genres that you enjoy listening to in your spare time?
I mostly listen to alternative rock and techno but I’m pretty open-minded to most genres. Anything besides commercial trash, disco and big room trash.

What key pieces of gear/software are you using to define your sound?
For me, the biggest key to my sound development at the moment is Massive by Native Instruments. However, I’m in the process of heavily expanding my library of synths, hardware and plugins. I’ve just this weekend purchased myself a Komplete Kontrol S49 to compliment my production. The next expensive piece I’m itching for is Omnisphere 2.5.

What inspires you outside of music? What do you turn to when the creative well runs a little low?
The Australian outdoors. When the inspiration isn’t flowing, I’ll usually take a break from production for weeks at a time. When it starts to feel as though I’m forcing it, my creativity dies quickly. I lack the tendency to methodically grind it out.

What is your opinion on the ever-spreading sub-genre vine? Are there too many? Do you think there’ s perhaps a sub-genre that doesn’t get the attention it deserves?
You would think with such diversity, artists would be able to choose something that reflects their tracks. It’s often not the case. Look how distorted the perception of progressive house is from one venue to the next. Do we need guidelines? Or should Soundcloud increase the character limit for genre specification?
“Slightly progressive, kinda melodic tech-house with war horns that sounds like techno but has random hats so is probably tech-house”.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, what do you prefer?
At this point in time. Music creation, the satisfaction of other artists playing and appreciating your music is unbeatable.

As a music artist, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?
The Australian scene is in serious danger right now. NSW mostly. Over policing and ridiculous regulations are being imposed on events. Personally I’d like to see the decriminalisation of possession, universal pill testing at festivals and the discontinuation of sniffer dogs, for the safety of punters.

And less day time disco at Victorian festivals. Fuck disco.

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar? Who shouldn’t the world sleep on?
Mha Iri is the next Alex Stein. Watch her closely and check out her latest EP, it’s unbelievable.

Also, heavily underrated names that’ll be big players in the scene soon are Unknown Concept, Ebony Willis and Sion. I expect my brother to take the scene by its technological balls in the coming years too.

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
I have a number of original projects in the works. If I can be patient enough to not release them individually…… Realistically I should be putting them towards my first EP release.

Famous last words?
“Disco free Australia for 2020”

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