Following onwards from the first collection of sonic healing weapons, Fantastic Twins’ newly founded Microdosing label returns with another mind-warping 12″ compilation, featuring Lucas Croon, Oceanic, Gilb’R and Neuzeitliche Bodenbeläge & Sam Irl. 

Microdosing is a series of compilation 12″s selected by Julienne Dessagne aka Fantastic Twins, and designed in collaboration with visual artist Geff Pellet. After a well-received debut EP, featuring music by the likes of Manfredas, Autarkic, Smagghe & Cross, Naum Gabo and Julienne herself, the French producer and live performer presents the second ‘collective experiment aimed at helping you fighting back your modern obsession with happiness.’

Vol. 2 sees another talented bunch of producers contribute to the cause, including Oceanic, Neuzeitliche Bodenbeläge & Sam Irl, Gilb’R and Düsseldorf-based DJ, producer and filmmusic composer, Lucas Croon. With the latter fantastic contribution streaming here today, we shot some questions across the Themes For Great Cities and Aiwo rec. mainstay, covering his background, projects and future plans. Big tip!

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Hi Lucas, how’s it going? What have you been up to this Summer?

Pretty good, thanks! I’m on vacation at the moment, work and pleasure, had my live and dj set gig on Goulash Disko Festival in a small cozy island in Croatia. And now I’m about to head to Belgrade, where I will also have 2 gigs. One of them will be my first time on 20/44 boat and also I’ll DJ with my girlfriend in a relatively new gem of Belgrade – called Dim, which also belongs to the Drugstore family.

Whilst strolling the internet, I found there is not a lot of info on you going around. Can you tell us a bit about the period between when you became into music and when you started making music yourself? And what keeps you busy on a day-to-day basis?

I started making music when I was 15 and I got more and more into it with time, so I would say when I was 20 it got more serious and I slowly started earning money with it. Apart from my own music projects, I compose music for commercials and movies as a freelancer and besides, I am a projectionist in small art cinema in Dusseldorf showing 35mm movies. I have my own studio in the building where I live, which is a pretty lucky circumstance and that’s the place where I am spending most of my time, creating music for myself or working on different projects and colabs. I often shuttle between Dusseldorf and Cologne where my girlfriend is living and I am sometimes involved with jobs or projects there.

Since then you’ve been involved in several Krautrock and Synth-pop centered collab projects, such as BAR, Stabil Elite and The Kloom. How do these conjoined efforts differ from your work methods and sound as a solo artist?

Mainly it’s about working and creating alone or in a team. Playing in a band provides you more exchange in opinions and directions, which can be both rewarding or challenging. My solo project is more focused on club-related stuff and it’s closer to my experience as a DJ. With my solo productions I tend to express my idea of dance music using various styles.

It seems you’ve been turning open the tap of your Lucas Croon project with a string of EP releases on Themes For Great Cities and Aiwo rec., and remixes for Malka Tuti. With your EP outings being reserved for vinyl only labels, I’m curious to hear if that’s a conscious decision on your part. And if so, why?

I’m close with all the mentioned labels, so working with them was more a natural outcome. We’re in a constant exchange, planning and collaborating together. Kinda family thing. Nevertheless releasing on vinyl is important and I’m not such a big fan of “only” digital releases in general.

Tell us a little about that increase in output. Has your focus shifted more towards your work as Lucas Croon, rather than other projects and composing filmmusic? And is there anything in particular that has been inspiring you, or peaking your intrest, as of late?

Yes, after playing a lot with my band over the last years, I now feel more like working on solo stuff and developing own styles. I really enjoy playing music as a DJ, which I seriously started about two years ago and my residency at Salon des Amateurs pushed and inspired me additionally, as well as the music scene around it which I’ve been enjoying for over ten years now.

This latest endeavor brings you to Julienne’s – aka Fantastic Twins – freshly established label Microdosing. What can you tell us about the track and how did it end up on the package?

I was super happy about Julienne’s request to participate. I was experimenting a lot with slow, trance-y and downtempo music which did not really fit to my other releases. The track was already there in a very raw version, but it changed a number of times before the version got final and I felt really happy with it.

With Microdosing setting out to be “a collective experiment aimed at helping you fighting back your modern obsession with happiness”, I’m curious to hearing your thoughts on this modern-day pursuit..

The obsession with happiness is not that new actually – it traces back to the beginnings of the humankind. Keeping yourself busy and creating is always good no matter what you do. I do understand that nowadays everything got a bit too hectic and overwhelming, since we’re exposed to so many things, where technology plays the key role. But it’s important to go back to basics sometimes.

What else is coming up – maybe a new EP we should keep an eye out for?

Nothing is set yet, but I’m working on different outcomes as well on a long player. Beside the remix for Shari Vari on Malka Tutti, I also remixed a track by Calm which is about to come out soon on Hell, Yes! Records.

Microdosing Vol. 2 is scheduled for release September 27th. Grab your copy via Bandcamp.