LUCID LABS - BIOGRAPHY
Rasmus Lindén is the man behind the Swedish trance project Lucid Labs. The music has been described as an ”odd combination of pulsating rhythms and melodic elements that takes the listener through a dark and epic journey”. The name Lucid Labs origins from the phenomenon of lucid dreaming. In short terms, lucid dreaming means”dreaming while knowing that you are dreaming". In this state you can control your dreams and do anything imaginable.
First and foremost, Rasmus is being recognised as a producer and musical chameleon, even though trance music holds a special place in his heart. A trademark of Rasmus is the excellent technical quality of the music.
– I appreciate all kinds of music, but there is nothing more irritating to me than hearing a badly produced track, he says.
Besides Lucid Labs, Rasmus is also known for a line of other side projects and collaborations, for example the newly released hip hop project Enjin, where he’s not only the producer, but also the writer and rapper.
– Writing lyrics has always been a very useful way for me to express my feelings. I guess it’s some form of self therapy, he says.
Although he might be a sucker for complex writing and high quality, in school, he was never one of the a-students.
– I’m self-taught all the way through. All the programs that I use, I’ve figured out myself. Once I get an idea of what I want, I won’t stop until I find a solution. I’ve spent far too many nights rummaging through different synthesizers and sound tables. I suppose it is part of my diagnosis, he says with a laugh.
It is now been almost ten years since Rasmus went into therapy after being burnt out and exhausted after seeing and living the Stockholm nightlife as a barkeeper for too long. He was diagnosed bipolar type II, a disorder that causes periods of both depression and anxiety, and periods of high energy and impulsiveness, similar to, but not as extreme as, the manic periods that characterizes bipolar type I.
– It’s so obvious now that I look back, how much the music helped me channel myself, my frustration, anger, and also as a reliever of stress. I think it’s very common when you have a disorder similar to mine, like ADD, ADHD or borderline. If you don’t find a way to transform what’s inside of you into something else, you’ll explode.
For a number of years after being diagnosed, Rasmus couldn’t go near his studio.
– It was an overwhelming time. I didn’t feel like myself, and at the same time it was a big relief. I felt numb and lost for words, and the music was lost as well. If I wasn’t the mad scientist, the up-and-down passionate, depressed, deep and impulsive self, then who was I? Years went by before I could even feel any inspiration again. At the same time, I worked on myself. Began to open up a bit, and see myself in a new light.
When Rasmus this year decided to release old Lucid Labs tracks, the circle became full.
– I wanted to release some of my old tracks before beginning something new. And it will be something different, just as I am different now as opposed to ten years ago.
Well, not entirely different.
– I’m still the same guy. I’m still bursting of emotions, I’ll never stop being impulsive, crazy, upset and delirious. It’s like I tell my wife all the time; you knew what you were getting into.
He says and laughs.