“Don Cline, God of Gnar, we ask you to allow us continue to do back flips and fuck bitches. In your name we pray”. This started off my interview with Eugene DJ and close personal friend Alex Ries AKA LeMove’. We talked about his musical career over homemade pizza and Charles Shaw. This was my first interview EVER, and definitely one of the most enjoyable to date. Alex is ambitious and well spoken, as you’ll see in the interview.
What sort of music did you grow up with before you discovered electronic music?
Before I was “musically conscious” if you will, I was listening to what my dad listened to which was Jimmy buffet, Blues traveler, Paul Kelly, etc. The kinds of bands that old people love. However I became attached to them as well as the pop culture music that was around at the time. I also always had a love for crazy European techno music that was not even close to the EDM sensation that we have today. I remember my first CD was Michael Jackson’s Thriller which I got in my Christmas stocking when I was a child. I probably know all the lyrics to every song because I listened to it so much. My love for music goes way back.
Do you experiment with other genres of music?
Yeah, I started production messing around with techno and then got really into it in high school making hip hop beats and then transferred over to EDM later on. I have been trying to get back into making hip hop beats because they are super fun to make and I can learn more about production through a different platform.
How did you first get turned on to electronic music?
My friend Jason brought a CD on a party bus in high school that his older brother made for him and it had some classics from Basshunter and N trance, stuff like that. The party bus was a blast and everyone seemed to like the music, Jason and I especially. We started searching and building our EDM library and trading back and forth from then on and the rest is history.
Who was the artist who really inspired you to begin producing?
I wasn’t really inspired by an artist in the industry as much as my buddy Tom and I were stoked on producing and kind of had a friendly competition going in high school that pushed each other to higher limits.
Has your family been supportive of your musical pursuits?
Yes very much so. My parents started me with piano lessons as a young child and encouraged me to practice and they have always wanted me to keep with music. I think from the standpoint of a parent, they wanted me to have those intelligence and learning benefits from understanding music but I would say I never saw it that way. I always liked being able to sooth my brain with some song that I had committed to memory. I hate reading music, but I could memorize a piano piece like it was nobody’s business. My parents are aware that I DJ and still make and play music but I don’t really share much with them in that department of my life because I kind of see it as my escape from everything and everyone else. Not that I really need an escape at all but when I’m making or playing a show (unless I have to please a difficult crowd of sorority girls who only want to hear Cat Daddy), I make the rules, I run the show, I can do whatever the fuck I want to do. For production, if other people don’t like the music that I produce, they don’t have to listen to it. It’s not that bad because I personally love every song I make as if it were my child. Granted I feel god-like when people tell me they love my music.
What has been the hardest of being a DJ?
The hardest part of DJing for me comes in two parts, one is the fact that I DJ in Eugene, Oregon where I go to the University, which means the crowds that I play for are sometimes a bunch of young people, heavily influenced by pop music culture. Some have closed their minds off to other music I.e. EDM which is what is my love and passion. I want to punch myself in the face for doing this but sometimes I will have to play the same song like three times in a night because three different girls want a song and they will pout and moan and talk shit until they get it. After the show they base their opinion off those little interactions. I can’t have that kind of publicity when I’m trying to book shows on the regular so I please the crowd so I get paid. However when I’m playing at my fraternity or my house, I call the shots and play what I think they will like but I put my own spin on it all, including my own tracks. The other difficult part is the fact that I have committed my life (On my own terms and to myself) that I will become one of the biggest DJs/EDM producers that this world has ever seen. That fact alone does not scare me at all because I am in the process of thinking it into reality. However, when dealing with that scene it is difficult for me to do it sometimes stress free because I am always saying to myself, “How can I be more like Kaskade or Dada Life?” Or, “How can I move people and have bigger sounds than…(insert huge legendary DJ here) Doesn’t matter who it is, because I am always comparing myself. I have learned now to learn from the big names and not worry about sounding like them. It is frustrating now but it is a good motivator and will pay off when I am working with those who I am comparing to now.
What is your favorite part of being a DJ?
My favorite part of DJing is the moment in the show where I see people doing less than they should be, i.e. texting on the wall or dancing with 95% intensity, and I have the perfect mix in my head that I know everyone will go nuts for. (Example at 10:00 in “LeMove’s First Final Mix” found on my soundcloud page). I mix in my free time at home and get general ideas for mixes to play at shows and practice them until I could do them on the fly. Once that’s done I just drop them when I want people to go wild, play the mix and improvise on the spot according to the crowd. It always works. I feel like I am the puppeteer in those situations because I can literally decide if I want the party to pop off and hype the energy. However people can’t sustain that level of intensity and dancing/raging forever so I have to choose wisely when to drop it and how long I keep it going for.
How would your life be different without your music?
I honestly do not see myself doing anything else besides music in my life so I imagine my life would suck because I guess I would do nothing. If I were without my music I would have to pick up a new hobby to occupy all of my time. I would probably finish up school and go on to do something not as fun as what I am doing with music.
What has been the single greatest moment in your DJ career?
So far I would say getting contacted fairly often by people who want me to DJ their events. It’s more of a recent collection of moments. I guess the good word has been spread about my music because the business has been picking up quite a bit lately. I like making money when I DJ but I almost like doing it for free more because I feel less pressure to fuck up. I can really break free and get creative with it compared to when I’m paid as its much more of a service I am providing and I have to play what I need to get paid and asked back. I get enough of both and those mixed with the ones I do under my own terms, I have a damn blast.
What does the future hold for LeMove?
One cannot say for sure but I can say that you can expect LeMove to never stop making music and you may also catch me at the top of the charts at some point, for I will not stop improving and learning and producing until that goal is reached and surpassed. Even after I have reached that point, it is not over. There will always be more. I will have many new songs coming out more frequently and an EP is on its way as well as some collaborations with my buddy. I am also working currently on 4 songs, one of them being my first Original track with vocals from a local singer. This I am very, very excited for.
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