INTERVIEW: Lance Fairchild

Over the past few years, the name Lance Fairchild has become a hard one to ignore in the Arizona dance music scene. From humble beginnings in the heart of Tucson’s Art District, Lance found himself completely immersed in its underground community. Quickly rising from regular dance floor patron, he got his first taste of the industry co-hosting the Project Atlas warehouse parties. It wasn’t long after he found himself playing Arizona’s most coveted stages.

In 2019, he turned things up a notch after winning the Goldrush 2019 DJ Competition. In light of the pandemic, Lance has kept his nose to the grindstone playing livestreams and honing his production.

Work Yo Back is his debut EP, landing on hot new imprint Modarnity. Work Yo Back is a dance floor slammer that will literally give you back problems from dancing too hard, while The Computer takes you on a journey with a vibe of Tron meets the mainstage.

Hi Lance, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been great! Just played my first gig since the lockdown at Sunbar in Tempe alongside OMNOM and VNSSA. It was a blast.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Computer”?

I began writing The Computer pretty soon after the pandemic began. It’s gone through probably 10 different versions with different basslines, drums, and arrangements but the vocal and sequenced synthesizer remained and I just new there was something there to it. I recorded the vocal myself and when I imported it into the project I did something wrong and it came out all glitchy which I really liked.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Just being stuck inside and only being able to see my friends online. I’m definitely a socialite and switching from seeing friends every day to only communicating through Discord, Twitter, and Zoom aws a major change.

I understand this is part of a two tracks EP – what lead you to just make it a couple?

So the A side Work Yo Back was made from a completely separate frame of mind. I wanted to make something bouncy and fun. The Computer went through probably 12 different basslines before I just said screw it and took some inspiration from the boomy 808 bassline I made for Work Yo Back. If it wasn’t for WYB, The Computer may have never seen the light of day.

How was the recording and writing process?

I’ll probably get some flack for this but I recorded the vocals for both tracks on my phone (I’m sorry). But I didn’t have a microphone at the time and I couldn’t let that stop me. As for the leads, I’ve really been trying to get deeper into sound design mostly using Serum and Ableton’s Operator. It also must be said I submitted both of these tracks to E.R.N.ES.T.O.’s feedback Twitch stream which was a huge help in addition to sending countless versions of both to my buddies Alltalk and Contribe.

Where did you find the inspiration for the music?

Holding out that the clubs would come back!

What else is happening next in Lance Fairchild’s world?

I’m playing on Blossom’s Super Bad EP release party at Shady Park on May 15th. I also stream every Thursday at 9PM PST on my Twitch and other than that just writing more music which I hope to release before the end of the year.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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