INTERVIEW | Willaris K. Displays Rich Atmospheric Emotion On New Melodic ‘LUSTRE’ EP

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Willaris K. has been on our radar ever since he traveled the world supporting RÜFÜS DU SOL on their massive Solace Tour. Like the famed trio, Willaris K. also hails from Australia, and his one of the most promising artists we know of coming from Down Under right now.

He’s just dropped his moody new LUSTRE EP, and it’s a testament to his rich, artistic integrity. This new EP is six tracks deep, totaling up to almost 30 minutes of atmospheric, melodic techno-inspired music. Willaris owns this sound, though, making it entirely his own by approaching each track in a distinct way. Each cut on this LUSTRE project plunges you into a shimmering realm of sound.

Willaris K. is also set to drop a club-focused EP, Full Noise, late next month. These two projects will complete his story of the last two years.

We were excited to get the opportunity to chat with Willaris K. and learn more about his production techniques, his most memorable raving experiences, and his favorite post-club snack. Check out the brand new LUSTRE EP below, along with our interview with the Aussie. Enjoy!

Willaris K. – LUSTRE EP

Current favorite artist: Against All Logic

Favorite post-club snack: Souvlaki

House or techno: Techno

You make atmospheric music as well as club-focused tracks. Your sound stretches across a wide spectrum, is there a specific style of music that you connect with the most?

It’s always changing but I love hearing things that I haven’t heard before. I don’t get much time to listen to music now, apart from my daily run which is usually rap music. I try not to listen to too much music within the realm of what I make.

Does your approach change when making different styles of music?

I’m always trying to change my approach when writing, to keep it fresh and exciting (I feel like this curbs writers block). You can always go back to your habits but starting an idea in a way you wouldn’t normally always leads to something interesting.

Do you have a favorite moment from your tour dates with RÜFÜS DU SOL?

Amsterdam was insane. I played at about 8pm and it was full, the whole crowd was up for it.

What stands out the most about the Australian music scene vs. anywhere else in the world?

They go hard, not afraid to rage. I found it similar in Ireland.

What’s been your most memorable raving experience?

The last few years I’ve DJ’d at this tunnel party near Byron and I find it hard to go past the first one I went to in 2016. I remember getting ready to leave and hearing Gosh by Jamie xx in the distance and ran back in. Chaos in a decommissioned train tunnel.

Would you rather play a 5:00pm set or a 5:00am set?

Depends where but probably 5am.

What’s the longest set you’ve ever played?

Maybe like six hours when I used to be a resident DJ. Willaris. K is more live focused so sets are max 90 mins.

If you could play anywhere in the world with no restrictions, where would it be?

Probably the train tunnel.