Laidback Luke: Getting Sirius in NYC

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Laidback Luke: New Electric Area show.

New York City—Apparently, superstar DJs are racking up more frequent-flyer miles than many flight attendants these days.

Or at least that’s the life Laidback Luke has been living, a fact he realized while recently conversing with an airline employee about his 200 (usually commercial) flights per year. And what was the latest stop for this purveyor of the Dirty Dutch sound? NYC, baby.

We caught up with Luke—aka Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen, age 35—this past Tuesday night, as he was on the mic and behind the decks at Manhattan’s SiriusXM headquarters to promote his brand new weekly show on the satellite service’s channel, Electric Area—Super You & Me Radio. (Kick off date: Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 pm EST.)

Prior to his half-hour set for a lobby full of fans and contest winners, Luke spoke from inside the Sirius fishbowl with host Danny Valentino about the DJ’s life. Dubbing himself DJ “Homeless”—and what bigtime DJ isn’t somewhat homeless with all of this traveling?—Luke expounded on the wildly successful Super You & Me Ibiza residency, which had been up against stiff island competition like David Guetta’s massive F*** Me I’m Famous parties this past summer.

When asked about his Mixmash record label, he explained it as a unique avenue for releases from the artists that he helps train and work with—past pupils being Afrojack and Avicii. And wouldn’t you know it? Avicii’s global smash, “Levels,” was Luke’s favorite 2011 track. You and a lotta DJs, Luke.

When he hopped on the decks post-interview, hands were in the air as he cranked out bangers with his signature Dutch sound. Kicking off with his mix of Wynter Gordon’s “Dirty Talk,” he dropped in some sweet “Pressure” from Nadia Ali, Starkillers and Alex Kenji, and upped the ante with Afrojack and Shermanology’s “Can’t Stop Me Now.”

Later on, we heard his collab with Sander Van Doorn, “Who’s Wearing the Cap,” a title Luke said was inspired by the difficulty some people have in distinguishing between himself and SVD. Soon thereafter, he dropped the “it song” right now, Switch and Andrea Martin’s “I Still Love You.”

Yes, Luke, we feel the same way. Well done.

– Natalie Raben

Laidback Luke: New Electric Area show