[Interview] Landis LaPace Gets Funky at The Music Room


By Taylor Casey  

Photo by Avery Newmark

Landis LaPace, an 18-year-old up-and-coming DJ from Lutz, FL meets with me at Bone Lick BBQ in Atlanta, GA. He's playing at The Music Room and I couldn't be more excited to chat it up with him. He started working on music in the 7th grade on his friend’s laptop and now he's on tour playing in cities across the US. We sit down after eating and get to talking.

What was your first show like?

It was honestly one of my favorite shows. I opened for Ardalan in Orlando. The crowd was awesome and there was really high energy in the room. All of my friends were there. It was perfect.

What does it feel like to see people dancing when you are playing?

It’s so weird. Kind of awkward at times because people look at you and just think that you’re just pressing buttons so it’s not like you are playing an instrument or anything. But it’s an unreal feeling just seeing everyone dancing. I’m thinking, "Wow, I get to make people dance for a living.”

Any groupies yet?

[laughs} Nah...

How do you describe your music to people?

I just tell them it’s just like weird house music.

Is that how you describe your music to your grandma?

Yeah. That’s exactly what I tell her. {laughing} “Just trust me grandma.”

If you could play with any other artist in the world, who would it be?

Realistically, probably like Billy Kenny in Denver but if I could pick any person in the world I would definitely choose Carl Cox.

Where would this epic show take place?

In space! It would be so sick.

What should we expect from you in 2016?

Honestly, I don’t know. I just want to keep making music and progressing and growing as an artist.


Having never been to The Music Room before I arrived around 11:00 P.M. There are just enough people to surround the bar. It’s a good vibe all around. The sound quality over all really impressed me. It was the perfect Goldie Locks ending. Not too loud and not too soft. The next day it didn’t matter about all of the smoke I had inhaled from the dancing machines at the venue. I didn’t have to yell to talk to people so my voice was still intact in the morning.

I see Landis casing the joint making sure everything is just right before he comes on at midnight. Even at a young age you can tell he really wants everything to be perfect. Landis keeps the party going with his funky beats and the crowd is loving what they are hearing. He might not know what 2016 has in store for him but I can only imagine that it will be great things.