Hungarian born producer Sunny Lax aka Levente Márton has been synonymous with the dancefloor since his debut release (“P.U.M.A”/”Cassiopeia”) on Anjunabeats in February 2006. An instant hit, “P.U.M.A.” was supported by Above & Beyond, Paul Van Dyk and Armin Van Buuren, making his presence across the scene well and truly felt. Taking influence from a variety of music, and indeed life, Sunny Lax has become an experienced and versatile producer – enjoying a productive 2011 indeed. Having made waves with his Anjunadeep debut “Big Fat Kiss” (as Levente Márton ) earlier in the year, he has since gone to remix Above & Beyond’s anthem “Thing Called Love” , and also Super8 & Tab’s “Free Love” for “Empire: Remixed” LP. We caught up with the man to talk about influences, future plans, and “Free Love”…
You began producing at the early age of 13. What motivated you to start in the first place? What were you listening to prior to this?
“I was a geek in those times, and so it began with a CD attachment from a geeky PC magazine. There was tracker software on the CD with a lot of demo music, and I just tried it. My music taste has transformed since this time from the rap and R&B stuff to electronic music. At first, the German Line reached me with a Dream Dance compilation. Actually there were just a few real trance tracks on this; the compilation was dance really, but I liked it.”
Did you have a musical upbringing, or was it largely inspired from your own interest?
“I never learnt music, but I have never felt at a disadvantage. I think your own experiences are worth more than somebody just showing you things. And music is an ART not an exact science. You can learn the main rules but some rules just restrict you. And then we have to step over the limits.”
What does it mean to hear DJs like Armin Van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk and Above & Beyond playing your tracks?
“It was always my dream, so it means my dream has come true. It’s certainly a fabulous feeling. I remember when James Grant sent me an e-mail saying: “P.U.M.A. was played in ASOT as Tune of the Week and Paul van Dyk also played it in his show.” I just wrote back something crazy like “WOOOOOOOOOW. OMG, I can’t believe it!!!!!!” or something like that, and the answer back was just: “Welcome aboard!””
Your inspirations include Coldplay, Moby and Vangelis, who are far from the world of trance. Are there any trance DJs or producers that you particularly looked up to as you were going through your teenage years?
Certainly trance DJs have also inspired me. Mainly the biggest like Above & Beyond, Armin, PvD, Tiesto, ATB. There are some nice albums by these names still in my cabinet, and they are dear to my heart.”
With regards to “Empire: Remixed”, you revised and transformed a striking, downbeat track, into an uplifting trance anthem. How did you approach the remix?
“It wasn’t so difficult. The original track is 68 bpm, which is exactly half of a good uplifting track, so it works pretty well with my 135 bpm. Also I wrote a chunky groove underneath, and a whole new track with new chord progressions. That was the hard part, because I loved the original chords, but I tried to write something similar in mood with more party vibe. I didn’t plan to write an uplifting track but somehow it came.”
Who would you say has had the most influence on your career? Personally or professionally?
“Life has the most influence on me. Every good and bad thing can inspire, but my sweetheart is my muse, and she is also an artist; a photographer. But she also has very, very, good hearing. She always checks my tracks before I finish them. And she always has some instructions.”
Is there anyone in particular that you would love to collaborate with?
“It would be great to do something with Mat Zo.”
And finally, what should we expect from you five years from now?
More music, and I think more vocal tracks! And I hope to make my own album. Lately I’ve been focusing on my sound designer side, so there’ll be more sample libraries and sound-sets!”
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