music • 27 Feb, 2017
AAMIXTAPE: L A R R I A .
Mixing School and The Decks Is Just Fine By Larria...
At the tender age of 20, Nguyen Truong Di (aka Larria) is already no stranger to regulars at Piu Piu, Zuma, and The Lighthouse. The young producer-slash-DJ is still at school, juggling exams with spinning the funkiest tracks the dancefloor’s ever known, night after night. Larria belongs to a new wave of local underground tune-makers, influenced by international artists and the latest sonic trends production-wise, but able to merge that into an authentic Vietnamese sound.
Larria’s signature plays are remixes of vintage Vietnamese pop songs from the 80s and 90s, fused with trap and French house. It’s an irresistible recipe that's been getting crowds on their feet the moment he drops it, and we think it’s reflected in his exclusive mix for us. Thanks Larria! Give it a listen y'all.
What’s the meaning behind your stage name ‘Larria’?
It’s just a random name that I came up with, there’s no special meaning to it. It was originally just ‘Larry’, but I kept changing it until I was happy with ‘Larria’.
For people who haven’t heard your music, how would you describe your sound?
I usually tell them: “My music is very sad” or “My music is actually really bad”. LOL.
What kind of music did you listen to growing up? How did it influence your taste?
At a young age, my parents got me listening to Vietnamese music from overseas, music of the 80s and 90s, as well as classical music. When I was a bit older my older friends introduced me to hip hop, so that’s when I fell in love with the sound and decided to make it the base of all my records.
Where did the inspiration for your recordings come from?
I take inspiration from my eventful lovelife, from the space and time that I got to experience. Through my music I’d like to project both the happiness and pain to which other people can totally relate.
Which artist or song is your favourite at the moment?
‘When It Rains’ by Penthouse Penthouse (feat. Stwo).
What’s your most memorable on-stage memory?
The night of the “Sonder” live music event by Barcode magazine at Indika. That’s the first time ever I felt the love and support for me from the crowd.
What’s your take on the underground music scene in Saigon? Are there any artists that you love?
I can feel that the music scene in Vietnam in general, and Saigon especially, is developing very fast, in a positive direction, which is very encouraging, but still there are a few people that are doing the opposite. Some of the artists that got my attention are Astronormous, Ivy Phi, Chjuljnh, Onionn and Kewt Hew.
Top 3 artists that you’d love to collaborate with one day?
Noï – Tom Misch – Lianne La Havas
Which song do you always play in any playlist?
Too many to remember… Oh wait maybe it’s ‘Stay’ by J-Louis. I play it often and even used it to start off this mixtape for AnyArena.
If you’re a coloured pencil, which colour would you be?
I’ll be pink or black.
What’s your spirit animal?
My ego is the size of…
It’s so big it’s immeasurable. But I know how to listen and not be too big-headed.
Finish this sentence: “It’s never too late to…”
Be free and live your life to the fullest.
- J-Louis – Stay
- Gravez x Oshi – Sell Soul
- Drowning – PYRMDPLAZA
- LIKE U
- Graves & Tails – Vega
- No I’m Not Sorry
- Rascal – Lovely
- RLP – DRP DAT
- Wave Racer - Flash Drive (feat. B▲by)
- Medasin – GOLD
- TINLE – Xin Em Cho Quen
- Hari Won – Love You, Hate You (LARRIA Remix)
- Khali – Syllabus Day
- Exyle - Bemygirl ( W/ Ordnry Yngstr)
- Sivey – A Little Help
- Teedra Moses – Be Your Girl (Kaytradana Edition)
- She Want To Move
- Melange Mode – Never Enough
- Stupead – Alright
- Flume – Never Be Like You (Takaryu Redo)
- Wantigga – Just Friends
- Mat Zo – Soul Food (Clup Mix)
- Centron - Mix This Feeling (feat. Karl-Kristjan)
- Prismatic - Minty (Au5 & Fractal Remix)
- StarRo – House Party
- LARRIA – These Dreams
- SAINT PEPSI SKYLAR SPENCE
- Alpha Centauri – Cthis Feelin
- RoBKTA - Da Trooper
- LARRIA x Chjljnh – Tóc Ngắn
- LARRIA – I’m Crazy About U
- LARRIA – ＷＨＥＮ Ｕ ＳＭＩＬＥ
- LARRIA – ID
- Tsundere Alley - Darling
- LORDSUN - あなたは知らMAGIC CITY
- LARRIA – Cho Nhau Tinh Yeu
- Gonzo – Waves High
- LARRIA – Milk
- LARRIA – Jamie
- H.A.T ft Anh Kiệt – Tuổi Xì Tin ( LARRIA Edition)
- Nguyễn Ngọc Ánh – Lắng Nghe Con Tim
- Bích Phương - Sâu Trong Em (Disco Remix)
- Thùy Chi – Chỉ Là Thoáng Qua ( LARRIA Edition)
Graphics by Thanh Dương
Words by Quyen Hoang