Despite having never set foot in Indonesia, Lapalux, Stuart Howard, claimed to be excited at the prospect of finding new inspiration for his sound on the Indonesian soil. “I’m planning to go to record shops and find gamelan style of music then do bits and pieces with it,” he says prior to performing at the rooftop of Hotel Monopoli Jakarta for The Other Festival.
Hailing from Essex, the electronic musician is among the most prominent names in the subgenre of wonky, typified by its off-kilter, unstable beats. “I like to fuse drum machine and modular synth. My sound has a bit of everything to it. I improvise a lot and see what happens when I’m playing,” he explains.
This go-with-the-flow attitude is certainly reflected in his loose, kinetic compositions. “When you’re making music, you get to the point where you know how certain things are made and done. After a while, it gets boring listening to the same thing over and over again,” he reasons.