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Even with an alias like Lucky Date, Jordan Atkins-Loria had to hustle hard to carve out his own space in the electronic dance music world. His diligent devotion to the craft has recently begun to payoff in a big way though. With an inimitable progressive house sound, he’s become a sought-after artist and remixer, drawing the attention and endorsement of everyone from David Guetta and Tommy Lee to Porter Robinson and Excision. However, it’s taken a lot more than luck for him to get here…

1. What is the best part about being a producer?

Endless possibilities.  Being a producer allows you to play any instrument you can think of and even allows you to go further creating fresh, new, never before heard sounds.  That's where I have all my fun! 



2. How did it all start for you?

I started producing in Reason when I was 13, I started by making hip hop and quickly shifted into making electronic music.



3. What would you be doing now if it wasn't for music?

 I would either be a social worker or a teacher.  I have always loved teaching so let's go with that.



4. Is talent, hard work, or the connections you make the most important factor for being successful?

All of these are obviously very important but I truly believe hard work is what pays off.


5. When do you usually make music?

 When I'm home I wake up and take my dog to the park. I get home around noon and produce from then on.  Usually until about 7 or 8pm .


6. What is your favorite synthesizer? Which one do you use most in your productions?

- I still produce primarily in Reason which does not support VST/AU.  My favorite synth in Reason is called Antidote.  Sylenth and Spire are by far my favorite synths when I mess around in Ableton.



7. Do you work on mastering/mixing by yourself? Favorite Compressor/ Limiter//Maximizer ?

 I do all my own mixing.  I don't really master any of my tracks, I mix em loud and release as is.  I do it all in Reason so I petty much use their compressors and maximizers.


8. What was the best reaction you've gotten when a fan got to meet you?

 I met a girl in Hawaii who painted me an awesome shirt.  That's def my favorite moment so far!


9. How did you discover Vandalism?

 I found out about Vandalism through collaborating with other artists.  Every single person I've collaborated with has used your patches!  I decided to buy Ableton almost entirely to use Vandalism sounds haha, I bounce what I like to audio and import into Reason. 


10. What makes you choose Vandalism over other competitors?

 To be honest I don't even know who your competitors are!  I use Vandalism because the quality of the sounds are unbeatable. 

*All pictures of Lucky Date come from his facebook. Follow him for more!