From the moment that the Daruma brand was unveiled back in the Spring/Summer of 2015, Andrew Luce and the producer/artists behind the forward-thinking collective have been turning industry heads and garnering critical acclaim for their highly unique, genre-defying compilations. Fresh off the recent Vol. 006 release of the Daruma compilation series, Luce, who is a resident artist and a Daruma co-founder, is looking to build on his passion project’s success through his next production, the debut release from the all-new Daruma label. A collaboration with Blood Company’s Graves and in-demand vocalist Chelsea Cutler, “Up To You,” is out now.
“This is showing that I am a musician…not just a ‘Soundcloud producer. There isn’t any ‘Soundcloud Producer’ out there right now putting out any music like this, and it took me the last two or three years to be able to bring myself to step out of my old box.” – Andrew Luce
Despite being a musician, producer, and integral part of the Daruma family, Andrew Luce simply considers himself to be one thing: an artist. A firm believer in hard work and perseverance, the 18-year old producer possesses a maturity beyond his years, having accomplished more in his evolving career than many of his senior peers dream of achieving. The “Up To You” release is a first for the San Francisco-based Luce in many ways; it’s a step away from his stylistic comfort zone, a first time collaboration with label-mate Graves, and as the kickoff release of Daruma’s label, marks the first time in the young producer’s career that he is confident of his work’s global appeal. Having worked with Cutler in the past for his Blanc EP, Luce’s chemistry with Cutler is on full display as her haunting vocals take center stage in “Up To You,” laying the foundation for a beautifully crafted, experimental track with immaculate production. Not to be outshined, Graves and Luce combine their intrinsic abilities to showcase the creative abilities possessed by two of Daruma’s finest trailblazers.
About Andrew Luce:
Very few artists have truly been able to adapt to the constantly evolving electronic music landscape. Fewer have been able to organically rack up over 60 million online plays, co-found a music collective, gather support from some of the biggest players in the industry including Diplo, and make an appearance at the legendary Coachella Music Festival. Still, even fewer have managed to do all of these things before their 18th birthday. Andrew Luce, a Bay Area native, has shown the talent of performers twice his age, making waves with a distinct and well-executed sound design that consistently employs a powerful low end. Whether you’re dancing on the floor or winding down back home, Luce has you covered.
Daruma is a creative movement and international artist collective comprised of a select group of producers from around the globe. A true home for artists simply looking to express and share their creativities, Daruma embodies a culture of inclusiveness that extends to any artists creating remarkable work. The mentality that art should know no boundaries is embedded deep within the collective culture and its respective members live by this mantra. To date, Daruma has released a number of eclectic compilations and recently debuted a visual arts division of the collective. “Up To You” marks the launch of Daruma’s highly anticipated label arm.