The #BecomeMajor interview series continues with a candid sit-down from Del Sol LTD (Records) founder Glasshouse. Glasshouse is a producer and DJ based out of South Florida in the United States with releases on various labels outside of his own. He represents #BecomeMajor strongly with his dedication to not only releasing and controlling his material but also to help other artists have the freedom to try new, unique, and creative ways of getting their material distributed and promoted.
Tell us about you, the label and its history.
I’m Lucas Glass aka Glasshouse of Del Sol Ltd. I started the label because I saw a lot of friends in town making amazing unsigned music; along with my own productions needing an immediate home. That soon expanded to a global network that has really opened me up to all types of electronic music from across the world. I’m very grateful it’s come this far at all.
You have a new project by the name of Bushido Brothers, can you elaborate on that?
Bushido Brothers is a new collaborative project with Shawn Jackson out of Chicago, IL. We were introduced through Colombian label Cubek and soon after I started releasing some banging tunes from Shawn on Del Sol. One thing led to another and now we’re producing some of the best music I’ve made in my life, within a matter of months, through emailing stems and project files. I’m pretty stoked on it!
Who influenced you, and why?
Musically, I’d have to say Kaskade, Richie Hawtin, Maceo Plex, early deadmau5, Radiohead, Jimi Hendrix, a lot of slamming tech house artists like Coyu, Carlo Lio, Loco Dice, and so on. I guess it runs even deeper than that, but also really strange things like chemistry, nature, culinary arts, and history.
What makes you different from other artists doing the same music?
I feel like a bring a really unique and eclectic mindset to the table when I get into the studio. I deeply value the canons and fundamentals of house music. But I’m also very into things such as trance, liquid drum n’ bass, hip hop, and even really left field stuff like ghetto bass, minimal, surf, disco. Growing up I also played many organic instruments like guitar, bass, drums, banjo, melodica, and a lot of weird experimental type stuff.
How does the movement of #BecomeMajor influence you?
I really respect what you guys are doing with this campaign in empowering artists and label owners to take their destiny into their own hands. I’ve heard before that if you really want to do something, you should just keep doing it until it’s all you are. The #BecomeMajor movement influences me in a way that encourages me to go the extra mile and strive for greater success beyond the city limits.
What is your overall goal for your music career?
I’ve been making music in some way or form since I was about 15 years old. I’m already very satisfied with where I am at musically and it’s more of a therapeutic form of meditation that I will always take part in. That I am signed to multiple labels that I used to only buy from and now release on is just surreal. The label (Del Sol) has also been doing very well and I’m hearing so much new music that I’m honored to say I had a part in getting out to the world. Absolutely, I would love to #BecomeMajor and take this to the next level; my mission heading into 2016 is to further legitimize the label and my own productions on a global scale.
Do you believe that the independent music scene can overcome major artists?
That and then some! I believe that independent music is more personal and closer to the heart of its listeners than the state of major recording artists and their music. Most of the music that we hear on the radio is quickly forgotten as the public awaits the next wave of singles. Beyond that, other singles get so played out that the public begins to finally lose interest and these songs eventually become tailor-made for future VH1 specials on greatest hits.
With regard to indie music, I feel this is the type of music that you need to seek out and find. The type of music that makes you feel part of something special and less commercialized. The 5-year-old record that you put on when you’ve had a rough day. Closer to the heart and less regurgitated and force fed.
What about being an independent artist do you like?
I prefer how down to earth everything appears. Most of us are not making our money off of productions. Yet we are still functioning and actively working to release the best music possible. Many of us need to have employment outside of music. While this could be considered a barrier, it may just be the inspiration needed to #BecomeMajor. I would not call independent music so much a struggle as a burning ember. Eventually this ember will start a fire.
If you had a wish for the music scene, and in particular how independents revolve around it, what would that be?
I mean, you definitely see local artists supporting headliners in most every city. What I think would change the game would be for some headliners to take locals on regional tours with them and actively assist in getting these lesser known musicians some more exposure. I do understand that a stacked lineup is a better draw. However, how many times can you see the same artists play the same shows before it becomes stale? I’m more into exciting, new artists, but perhaps that’s why I am a label owner to begin with. 😉
What are you doing in your day to day to try and #BecomeMajor?
Currently, I’m enrolled back in school at St. Petersburg College for Marketing and Business Administration. I wanted to pursue curriculum that would help me in my music and label career, along with now events. I also make the time in-between work and life to try and hit the studio once a day. Almost like the gym, which I also am dedicated to. Realistically, I would say the key focus is to keep making moves and staying busy with rewarding goals.
What is upcoming for 2015?
I’ve got a lot of new music coming out on some of my favorite independent labels: Bosom, Maintain Replay, Cubek, Cornicello, Furious Funk, and many others along with Del Sol Ltd. As far as the label, we’ve really ramped things up with our releases and are seeing a large influx of amazing, quality new music from all over the world! I’m very excited for some new releases incoming on the label from Hasty, Andrew Calder, MOZE, Ajak Altus, Daniel Cuda, and more.
Finally, where can folks find out more information on you?
You can find out more about me and listen to new originals, remixes, and DJ mixes over on my SoundCloud at www.soundcloud.com/glasshousesound.
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