101 with Litmus

Acid basslines, silky pads, swinging hats & a cheeky vocal have propelled the Sydney-based Litmus into the limelight the past year. His groovy take on minimal house has landed him releases on PIV, Pathway Traxx, Sukhumvit Records, Dailycid & No Art.

Holding down regular appearances at some of Australia’s most esteemed haunts of house (think the likes of SASH, Breakfast Club & Goodbar) Litmus’ funky flavor and technical prowess in his DJ sets are just as alluring, with never a dull moment, as each track finds its way into the next through an unstoppable groove.

What was the funniest / most bizarre request you’ve ever had while playing? 

People that ask for R&B midway during the set, or “PLAY FISHER BROOOO” definitely takes the cake. 

Can you describe your studio setup for us? 

I use a wide combination of machines in my studio, and I have lots of friends that are kind enough to lend me certain machines, which is nice to help diversify your sound from time to time. I really prefer to be hands-on in the studio, I feel it helps the flow of my production.

At the moment what’s in my studio is the following; Roland TR09, MFB 522, Roland 707, Korg EMX-1, Jomox Alpha base, Roland JX3P w/ PG200, Ensoniq EPS, Korg Minilogue, Roland SH-101, XOXBOX, Akai APC40, Moog Sub Phatty, Roland SP-404sx and a Mackie mixer.   

Could you tell us the story about your first gig? 

It was at a place called the Tunnel in Kings Cross, I was playing mashups or something along those lines, in my linen shirts and leopard print CD case.

Name three artists that currently inspire you. 

Mathew Jonson, Sweely, and Shonky.

Recall the worst experience of ‘killing the vibe’ in the club. 

Ahhhh not too long ago I was playing in Berlin at Goldengate. I was about to finish my set, would have been about midday. The club was pumping and the vibe was unreal. This girl came over and tried to pour her drink into my glass over the decks, and managed to pour her drink all over the CDJ. It was fine for about a minute then it went into an emergency loop on the other CDJ, as it was linked. The CDJ went crazy and started going into reverse and stuff and they had to come over and change the CDJ… It was kinda funny, but a huge vibe kill. 

What do you do before and after your set? 

I normally do pushups, get on a pump, then have 13 shots in a row. Kidding. Head in a little early, suss out the vibe. Afterward, I do yoga in the toilets. 

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? 

I have had so many jobs, one of the worst would have been working at a gym. So much testosterone, it sucked. 

What are your favourite labels at the moment? 

Lowmoneymusiclove, Art of Dark, Sukhumvit and Squeeze The Lemon.

Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace and two glasses of wine—what song would you play? 

Shuggie Otis 'Purple'.

Last but not least. What's the best advice you've ever received? 

Be yourself and don’t take life too seriously. Especially the music, it’s all supposed to be fun at the end of the day. 

Litmus ‘Hygeine’ EP is out now on No Art - buy here.

By Saša, edited on 31 January 2020