GIGsoup recently sat down with DJ LuDec, a London-based DJ who graces the night with her eclectic swing and bass sound. On a cold, wintery morning we talked festivals, new beginnings and how to inspire the younger generation.
Hey Lucia! Would you like to introduce yourself?
My name is Lucia Decermic, but I go by the name DJ Ludec and that’s quite new. I didn’t have a name until recently!
What sort of music do you play in your sets?
It’s very eclectic. I came from the hip-hop scene of the late 80s, and that had a very strong influence on me. I suppose that even if I’m playing house theres always a vintage sound to the music I play. Swing and bass, Balkan beats to house, Garage, drum and bass to techno. But remixed, vintage and funky.
When did you start DJing?
I’d say something like a little over two years ago. I have a dear friend Amanda Rodgers who is one of the founders and curators of Stranger Than Paradise- she gave me my first show at Hootananny in Brixton, which was a massive gig! Almost at capacity in a 1000 person venue.
What a crazy first set!
I know! I was just the warm up act to start, and then as time went on, I actually managed to get a main slot. It was so fun! After that I had some amazing breaks. I was very fortunate to meet Chris Tofu from Continental Drift, and he put me on at Wilderness Festival and Bestival.
I actually trained at London Sound Academy before starting out. When I started DJing I had just turned 45. At the time I was putting on parties and music events with bands and wanted to be able to DJ properly rather than just put on a playlist or hire a DJ who wasn’t going to play the tunes I wanted. It’s such a battle as a woman to get into the scene; it’s such a male dominated environment. It’s been very exciting to play to such a large range of ages, people who are in their twenties all the way up to eighty. I’ll drop something like Mista Trick’s drum and bass remix of Glen Miller’s ‘In The Mood’ and you’ll see older people enjoying it as much as the young ones!
Being able to get young people excited and inspired by showing them older music that they might not have experienced before is really exciting. I think the commercial music industry is quite a battle, and young people don’t have all the time to research music and really look into the history of the genres they like. My generation had to really look for our music; you had to go and hunt it out yourself. I think young people can almost be sitting ducks for anything the industry might decide to throw at them. I mean in Shoreditch, you have venues like Passing Clouds that have shut down and have been replaced with commercial clubs that play mostly just popular stuff.
What are you up to at the moment?
I’ve slowed down a bit, I tend to do lots of one off shows.
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What moment stands out for you in terms of DJing?
I recently did a performance at Wilderness Festival where I was playing with a incredibly talented Roma Gypsy violinist from Serbia who’s in a very successful band called Faith i Branko. player. It went down incredibly well, and it wasn’t practiced! We want to work on it a lot more and get a bit more of a solid act on the go.
What have your experiences been of playing on the scene as a woman?
It definitely is difficult, but I don’t want to talk about all the negatives. I think you just have to believe in yourself. I think women are much better at that now. I think we’re much more able to now to be proud of ourselves as people.That idea that your different or less able is rubbish and you have to believe in yourself. Just go for it! One thing that I’ve realised recently is that you also have to play what you want to play and not care what anyone thinks. Theres so much competition out there, and if you’re trying to fit in your never going to win. You have to push your boundaries as far as you possibly can and step out of your comfort zone if you really want to see what you’re capable of. This is the most valuable lesson I’ve learnt and can share with others. That and practice your butt off!
You’re incredibly busy! You’re a mother, you have your own business, you DJ. How on earth do you manage your time?
I’m actually really disorganised. I just try and do things when I can. You just have to get on with things and try not to make excuses. I think that taking on stuff thats terrifying and you can’t imagine how you’re going to do it and just doing it anyway is really important.
You can catch DJ Ludec at The Rocket on the 9/2/2018 and The Station House on the 23/2/2018.