Fellow Chicagoan and creative mind Daniel Loumpouridis gives us an exclusive peak into his shiny, new electronic EP – the first installment of a much bigger future project
Daniel Loumpouidis wears many hats: gold-record selling producer, songwriter, artist and mixing engineer. Today, he’s an artist, releasing a brand shiny new 3-track EP titled UDGAF.
The first track of the EP is the centerpiece: the self-written, produced, and engineered “U Don’t Give A Fuck“. Following is “U Really Don’t Give A Fuck” (Holymountain remix), which has a more clubby aspect to it and has been on heavy repeat the past week. Lastly we have the soulful, alt-indie rendition of the original re-mastered by Hunjiya.The EP is part of Loumpouridis’ forthcoming two-part project U, Us,: a work that “explores the duality of healing – first through self, then through others.”
Loumpouridis is most known for his co-production, guidance, and genius on Louis The Child’s “It’s Strange” feat. K.Flay (certified Gold-Record). Daniel is also a fellow New Trier High School grad alongside LTC members Robbie and Freddy.
Daniel had this to say about the original track:
“Having someone else speak those thoughts and emotions back at me and reinterpret them, I can’t explain how emotional that was. It’s like gazing into a funhouse mirror – you see yourself, but it’s distorted and warped, because somebody else made that mirror with the intention of doing that. I learned to love my songs because of everyone else, just as the healing process is complete once you allow others in to help build you back up,” says Loumpouridis.
Daniel took time out of his day to sit down and chat with us on his new single and everything Chicago. A true pleasure. If you enjoy “UDGAF” (which you will), stay tuned for the full project U, Us which is set to release later this Summer for this year.
Full story below:
Daniel – thanks for sitting down with us. In full transparency, I had to look back and forth to see if I spelled ‘Loumpouridis’ right like 8-9 times.
Sounds about right. All my friends from high school just call me Lumpy, so if it’s easier we can run with that. Might make that my new artist name if I’m really feeling masochistic one night.
Anyway, great to meet you and big fans over here at Deviate.
Heck yeah! Always great to talk to people from the motherland.
Can we start out by talking about Chicago? You moved out to LA how long ago?
I moved out to LA almost two years ago, but I went to school in Miami, FL so it’s been a while since I lived in Chicago.
I’m definitely a Chicago transplant, but you’re tried and true… what do you miss the most about living here?
The change in seasons. God, I miss being cold. I haven’t had seasons in like 6 years and it GETS to you, mentally. This eternal summer shit is draining, for real.
Thinking on the topic of Chicago staples, it’s hard not to bring up your close friends Louis The Child, which you had a MONUMENTAL hand in their beginning successes. Can you sum up that point in time for the audience?
That song, “It’s Strange”, was magical – no question about it. We felt it when we were making it, and our audience felt it when it came out. 2015 was this perfect sweet spot in music that was post-Flume and pre-Billie Eilish where pop could be whatever you wanted it to be. There were very few expectations other than the fact that people wanted something that made them feel good. That’s all Freddy and Robby ever want to do. I couldn’t be happier to have a place in their journey.
I mean talk about a track that will be on people’s minds for decades to come. Timeless.
“Timeless”?! Wow, talk about a compliment! Thank you, sincerely. It’s no Eleanor Rigby, but I’ll absolutely take the gas up.
One of the great things about working for a blog is you get to hear private streams of unreleased projects. This “UDGAF” EP is such a breath of fresh air for electronic music. Can you talk about the genesis behind both the lead track and the accompanying remixes?
These lyrics are about the idea of losing that intangible “thing” that is a relationship. It’s not me, it’s not you, but it’s “us”. The death of that connection can feel so much like the death of an actual person, even though there’s no physical loss involved. I was thinking about this one afternoon and the chorus melody just came to me in the shower. Fully formed, just like that. I immediately dried off, sat down, made a rough instrumental, and improvised both verses on the spot. Every vocal part you hear on this recording is a first take because I knew I wouldn’t be able to capture that same feeling if I were to try to perfect it. Nothing was written down or planned out, it was just emotion through and through.
The remixes were done by both respective halves of a group called indigoworld. Justin, under the name holymountain and Alice under her solo artist name Hunjiya. They’re absolutely brilliant. They take the ethos of the song and give it entirely new emotion through different contexts. The Hunjiya version makes the song sassy and bitter, with this almost sarcastic tone to her delivery. It cuts, man. And Justin’s holymountain remix puts the groove front and center. It’s an end of the world dance party in the face of utter emotional annihilation. They were both able to breathe such a new perspective on a song that really took a lot out of me, honestly it was incredibly cathartic hearing their interpretations for the first time.
Makes total sense! And I read that this project is going to be injected into your upcoming, more comprehensive work u, us.
These songs are all part of a double concept album about the duality of healing, first through self and then through others. The first half, entitled “U”, was written, produced, performed, recorded, and mixed entirely by me. It was a lot. You literally can hear me figuring out the grieving process song by song. That’s why I kept all the first takes and improvisations. The emotion there is just flat out real, and there was no replicating that.
The second half of the album, “Us”, is those same songs reinterpreted by my chosen family. It’s a study on healing through the people around you, and the vulnerability it takes to let others in. Giving these songs over to my best friends and saying “do whatever you want to them” was one of the most freeing things I’ve ever done, but also incredibly difficult. As a producer, the idea of giving up control like that was not easy. The end result, however, was genuinely better than I could have possibly hoped for. They’re all geniuses, so I knew I didn’t have to worry, but damn they crushed it. Like, really really crushed it.
Any hints or spoilers on the upcoming album?
Bruce Willis was dead the whole time.
It sounds like you have your next few months fully booked up! I’m sure it’s an exciting time for you and the team.
We’ve never been busier. It’s incredibly gratifying to have people starting to latch onto this sound that I’ve been working on for years now. The whole team is so stoked for the next year, we got so many good things on the horizon.
Last question before we let you go: Gio’s, Lou’s, or a write-in?
Pequod’s hands down. No question about it. Lou’s wins over Gio’s any day, and they definitely get points for accessibility, but truly the best deep dish in Chicago comes from Pequod’s and I will die on that hill.
Daniel Loumpouridis is most definitely a Deviate.