I have performed as a DJ on all 4 continents of the world, except Australia and remixed some of the most famous artists in the scene such as Zedd, Dash Berlin, Rachel Platten, DJ Antoine, etc. Highly motivated and positive driven Music is my passion. Hit my up with any suggestion Lets work together :)
Young, talented, passionate: he has it all.
Stefan Lan might only be in his early 20s, but his skill and experience has already been honed over a decade – starting out as a producer in his early teens, Stefan was originally set to be a classical musician. However, his love for technology and EDM brought him across the field – he switched piano for Macbook and discovered the world of electronic music, he soon began producing and then, naturally, started his DJing career by 2013, just before turning 20.
A lifelong music connoisseur, Stefan quickly gained fame across Europe, Asia and South America, making him a globetrotting electronic musician – he likes the term “DJ” but still sees himself as a musician – on the rise – a name to watch out for in the coming years.
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Interview with Stefan Lan
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mostly I work as a producer on request, for both, original productions and remixes. In addition to that I do mixing and mastering of large scale productions. If I am not in the studio, I am touring around the world as a DJ :)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: That is a very tough question.....I think it is fair to say that till this day Chris Martin and Avicii are the ones who have inspired me the most...
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is a rather unconventional set up for a producer of my category. The centre of my studio is the AVID S6 console, then I have several outboard gears,mostly keys and drum computers. DAW wise I work with either Pro tools or Logic, depending on the setup.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Well, that obviously depends. I do not really have a typical work process as every song and piece of music is different and so is my approach to them, I guess it really depends on the project in the end.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: If I sit down in the studio, I try to bring as much love and passion into each and every project that is possible. From my experience the song and the stuff you work on always tends to get way more nice if you do it with love and passion, but that of course I guess does apply to every aspect in life :)
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think it is my commitment to the work as a music producer. Nothing really is impossible, so if I find a way of doing things, be it difficult or time consuming, if there is a way then I will do it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Personally, for myself I have worked mostly on Club music oriented stuff like House, EDM and Trance. In Mastering and post Production I have worked with all kinds of different genres, ranging from Ambient to Indian Folklore :)
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Yes....for me the most important tip is, to take a break. If you are in the studio for like 24/7 then it is important to sometimes get out of the room, and just go the park or spend some time in a very quiet place to relax your ears and your mind. Here in Switzerland of course this is just perfect and from my studio, I am in the nature in no time. So, again work hard, but don`t forget to take a break also.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I want to work with Adele, her voice is amazing.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: The music that I make for myself is obviously very club and dance music oriented, so let`s say it`s a mixture of house, deephouse, edm, trance. When I am working as a hired producer of course that can be very different from project to project.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been working as a full time producer and DJ for the last 4 years. However, obviously I started to make music when I was much younger. I was given classical piano lessons at the already at the age of 5 and during high school I started building my studio and for me it was always clear that I wanted to become a full time music producer and DJ. Then to get some knowledge about mastering and a decent education about music production I spend various internships and assistant holiday jobs at the SRF state radio/tv channels in Switzerland, that is were I really learnt how to do things properly. And then everything, the production and the touring just grew over the years.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Well, first of all I do hope I never end up there, cuz I guess it might be boring as hell. But if I was ever to end up there, I would bring, my MacBook with Logic and Pro Tools, The Clavia Nord Electro, some decent headphones and a big big load of wood so after the music sessions it would be time for barbecue every night :)
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Look out for people, who you are really comfortable working with. Make sure that when you talk to a provider that you have the chemistry and that you feel in good hands with your project. After all it is your money and your time that gets spend on the projects, so make sure it is been done right and properly.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Again that really depends on the kind of projects, if it is a production request, or request for mixing/mastering etc ? Questions that could arise could be like : 1. Whats your time frame ?? 2. What is most important for you in this collaboration ? 3. ETC....
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception is that producers and DJs like me just party and travel and enjoy and good life. I certainly do not complain about my work/life-style at all, but I should maybe stress that all music producers, mastering engeniers, DJs etc. work very hard in their job.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Most common question is, why are you based in Switzerland and not in LA or NYC where all the scene is. My answer to this, is that I love the nature and everything here in Switzerland so much, I do not really want to leave :)
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I think what I like the most is the flexibility and the independence that I get through my job. I have the luxury to work whenever I feel like it, if it is 3AM at night or 5PM in the afternoon, I am not really connected to regular office hours, I think that is the biggest benefit.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is, that in the end of the day, I will deliver something that you will be completely happy and satisfied with. That is my promise
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Depends. For keys, sometimes I tend to get analog. All the rest is really digital, because it is just faster and more practical these days.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet, as I am basically very new on the platform.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At the moment I am working on a Remix for Katy Perry, I am very excited and proud of this.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: In the past I have worked on a couple of remixes and projects. The one I am personally very proud of, was my remix for Zedd and Mathew Koma, find you, that got picked up by Hardwell in one of his sets.