LHW Takes U through The Interlude

Music producer and musician Layton H Weedeman also known in the music industry as LHW has released his debut EP INTERLUDES under Yellow Couch Recordings.

After learning how to play drums under Thom Callan for 5 years, he went on to study music at the Berklee College of Music after graduating from high school where he learned how to read and write harmony and chords on the piano.

Cuban troubadour, Roberto Poveda, introduced LHW to Loisel Machin back in 2018 while working on his Troubadour of Brooklyn project. Even though Layton and Loisel musical backgrounds and growing up in two different countries, LHW in the US and Loisel in Cuba, they both love hip-hop and gravitate towards the same classics from the 90s like Nas’ Illmatic.

LHW had more to say about his life and music in a new interview with Mister Styx of Musicarenagh.

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 Is there a story behind your stage name? After playing for many years as the drummer in my band, Courtesy Tier, I began to venture out as a DJ in 2013. I used an old nickname given to me by a friend in college, Laytonic, as my stage name, but then decided to use LHW for my solo debut because I wanted a fresh start.


Where do you find inspiration? 

I’m not really sure where it comes from, but it just happens. A lot of ideas come to me while doing normal everyday things like washing the dishes, reading a book, or going on a walk.


What was the role of music in the early years of your life?

Music was entertainment for me in my early years. As a kid, I loved watching MTV when MTV only played music videos. I also loved listening to the radio. My dad always had a music collection in our house growing up as well which he played at night, on weekends, and during holidays. Music was always around me.


Are you from a musical or artistic family?

My parents are both creative people. My mom is a painter, and my dad is a landscape designer. My sister is an interior designer and my brother is an illustrator and painter as well.

Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?

My first drum instructor, Thom Callan. When I chose to learn the drums as my first instrument, he happened to be advertising drum lessons in the town where I grew up. Within a week from the day my parents surprised me with a drum set, I was signed up for private lessons with Thom.
I think he recognized a great talent in me because during the five years I studied with him, I learned and was able to perform a lot of the styles he showed me. He taught me how to read and write drum parts and play just about every form of popular music from Rock, R&B, Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Afro-Cuban, Mozambique, Disco, Hip-Hop, and Funk.

He supported my decision to continue studying music in college and gave me a level-headed attitude I think is needed in order to endure the many ups and downs of the music industry.


How did you learn to sing/write/to play?

I learned how to play the drums at a young age by taking lessons from my first instructor, Thom Callan, a professional drummer, personal trainer, and martial artist, who taught me the importance of posture behind the kit, how to hold the sticks, and how to be versatile in many different styles of music.

I then went on to study music at the Berklee College of Music after graduating from high school where I learned how to read and write harmony and chords on the piano. It was during my time at Berklee when I met my good friend and bandmate, Omer Leibovitz, who shared a lot of the same passion and taste in music as I did. We formed a band within a few days of meeting each other and have been playing and working in music together ever since.

A lot of our studies during this time came from a jazz perspective, learning how to improvise with other musicians and listen for subtle changes at the moment. Before my debut album release, I spent hours on YouTube learning how to use recording software and reading articles and interviews with my favorite artists in order to learn what they did.

What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?

The first concert I went to that I can vividly remember was seeing Sonic Youth at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia during their Washing Machine tour. It was the first time I remember going somewhere with a group of friends, without parents, being up close to the stage, experiencing the music, and being part of a live audience. I loved every second of it and remember wanting to be on stage with them.


How could you describe your music?

I make sample-based hip hop using a stripped-down and minimalist approach. I grew up listening to a lot of different music, but for my debut sound, I dove into my American east coast hip hop influences from the 90s.


Describe your creative process.

My creative process typically involves listening to music I like or picking up an instrument and starting to play. Nothing is really planned too much. I just dive in and see what happens.

What is your main inspiration?

My main inspiration comes from listening to my favorite albums from some of my favorite musicians and artists. Songs I grew up with, I still play over and over again today. Certain songs and albums have just stuck with me and they never get old.


What musician do you admire most and why?

Miles Davis. He was always putting music first and never stayed in one place, musically, for too long. I admire his growth as an artist and how he always pushed into new territory.


Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?

Yes, very much. I started as a drummer playing a lot of grunge and heavy rock music in local bands. I still play the drums and over the years my style has changed, learning to play other genres like Jazz, Funk, and R&B. I’m constantly listening to and discovering new music from around the globe. So much of it has influenced my playing. I’ve also learned how to play the bass guitar and the piano. Both instruments have helped me evolve.


Who do you see as your main competitor?

I don’t believe music to be competitive. I use music as my artistic expression. To be a musician and release music into the world can be a vulnerable experience. I don’t do it so I can get the most points or accolades. I’m just grateful to be able to create and share.


What are your interests outside of music?

Collecting vinyl records, reading books, learning about cryptocurrency, exercising, and having good health and a clear mind.

If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?

I’d definitely be doing something creative. Maybe dancing or acting.

What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?

There can be many hurdles in the journey of music, but they mostly come back to personal growth and skill development. I don’t like to think of them as problems. Most of these hurdles are my own personal growth as an artist. I’m always spending time learning something new and picking up new skills. To be able to manifest and create the music I hear in my head is something that takes time, practice, and patience in order to achieve.

If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?

I try not to focus on what’s happening in the industry much. My feeling is if the music I make resonates with me, then it’ll resonate with others. I just try to focus on making good music.

What are your plans for the coming months?

The coming months will be spent working on a handful of new projects.


Do you have any artistic collaboration plans?

I’m currently working on a lot of new music including collaborating with artists from Cuba, Roberto Poveda, Xiomara Laugart, Juan-Carlos Formell, Loisel Machin Rodriguez, Coco Fusco, German saxophonist Lars Haake, American producer and songwriter friends, Omer Leibovitz, Will Raines, Aaron Louis, and I’m providing music for The Artoholiks podcast coming out soon.

What message would you like to give to your fans?

Thank you for listening!
01. Love Seeds
02. As If
03. Minted Floss
04. Junk Cereal
05. Parked On The Sidewalk
06. What Have You
07. Underneath Moonlight
08. The Day Is Hours
Layton H Weedeman – beats and samples
Loisel Machin Rodriguez – electric and upright bass
Produced by LHW
Associate Producer Roberto Poveda
Mixed by LHW and Omer Leibovitz
Recorded at Yellow Couch Recordings in Brooklyn, NY
Cover photo by Leyla Lacheri
Album design by LHW
Mister Styx
Mister Styxhttps://musicarenagh.com
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