Q&A: Maxim Lany


5Ws :

1)Who are you?

I am Maxim Lany, Dj/Producer born and raised in the city of Ghent, in Belgium.

2)What do you do?

I try to be succesful in everything that I do. That is being a Dj in the first place,                  

then trying to run a label called Lany Recordings, producing music for myself and for my label.

I also run The House Academy, together with my partner Nathaniel from House Grand Cru.

This is platform we set up earlier this year (March 2013) that communicates everything

related to “house” as a lifestyle. Handling wih the criterium “Quality First”.

And next to all that, I am also part of a new business concept called Night Shift,                  

which is a business fare that combines nightlife with setting up new networks.

Our baseline there is “Love Your Network” .

3)Where do you often create/produce? 4)When?

I mostly start producing an idea or a track at my home studio, which is located in a small

room on the top floor of my home. Then, I usually finish the track with a friend producer.

Depending on the kind of track, I go to Antwerp or stay in Ghent or even go to Germany.

4) I try to leave some time between the production process.

I only get up there when I really feel like it and when I have a source of inspiration.

So that, when I do, I get in the right vibe immediately.

5)Why do you play music?

It is a way to express myself, to connect with people. And to be honest it’s what I have been

doing since I was a teen. I always was into music and throwing little dance parties at home.

But when I realized I could actually make people dance with my choice of music,                  

I got hooked unconditionally.

1)Which track defines you the most?

Difficult question.

I could talk about my own productions and explain why and how I made that specific track.

But I only started to make music way later in my Dj career so I already got

huge experience and background in music in general.

So I’ll give an example of a track that has stayed with for as long as I can remember:

‘Tsunami’ from Sven Van Hees.

2)Any track of the moment?

Yes, I’m totally flashed by the new track of &ME on Keinemusik ‘Shallow’. Just amazing!

3)What influences your work?

Everything actually. My girlfriend and my family. My friends.

The other dj’s and producers I work with. 

The music I hear totally unexpected when I’m notpaying attention to it.

4)Do you consider yourself as an Artist? If so, why?

I don’t know actually. For me dj’ing is a lifestyle, it’s who I am.

I use music to connect with people and to create and share emotions.

I don’t know if I qualify as an ‘artist’. I’ll leave that to other people.

I try to make music by using samples and manipulating sounds on machines but                  

I have never had the chance of playing a real instrument.

5)What’s your academic background? Are you an autodidact?

I am yes, I have not followed any musical education. I regret that now.

I went to school, like most people. But I quit after a couple of years of higher studies due to

the fact that I was dj’ing so much.

6)Favorite designer?

Hmm, difficult again. I like Paul Smith a lot. Consistent over the years, classy and yet playful.

7)Favorite Classic movie?

A History Of Violence”. It’s maybe not a classic but I just love Viggo Mortensen in general.

And in this film it shows how people have hidden personalities locked deep inside.    

Emotions have to come out eventually.

8)Favorite book?

Persepolis”from Marjane Satrapi.

It taught me the real beauty of the culture and history of Iran. 

And how everything has changed over the pas decades.

It makes me understand and appreciate culture in general way more.

9)Favorite word ( that you most overuse)?

effectief”(written in Dutch) When I’m trying to explain something.

I get the remark I use it way too often.

10) Favorite music label?

At this moment it’s “Keinemusik”. They are doing their own thing and are way ahead of things.

Experimental deep house and that works on the dancefloor. Not an easy task to fulfill.

11) Your dream collaboration?

Working in the studio with Sven Van Hees of course

12) What’s your life motto (quote)?

Be honest.

13) Any “mot de la fin”?

Yes, I really appreciate the fact that someone from NYC asks me for some words.

For me (and us here in general) the city that never sleeps has the power to make people

dream and hope that some day I’ll make it. So, thank you. And see you soon.