Next up in our Last Set series, where we’re talking to a wide range of artists about their final gig before government-ordered lockdowns and travel bans went into effect in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is Denver-based electronic music producer Brian Lindgren (a.k.a Mux Mool).
On July 10 the wildly talented Lindgren will release his fourth full-length album, Skulltaste II, on Detroit’s Young Heavy Souls. August 14 will see the release of his latest and greatest on glorious vinyl edition.
We connected with Lindgren to find out about his last set. His message to his fans? “Feel free to @ me anytime, any platform and tell me you’re excited. I def do wanna hear from you.”
When and where was your DJ last gig?
Brian Lindgren: March 4 at Globe Hall Denver with Shigeto Live Ensemble.
How did it go?
It went great. It was an attentive and excited audience, and I had a great outfit.
What was your mindset going into it? Where had you played previously?
I was feeling very good going into the show. I had some great friends coming down and Zach [Shigeto] is a dear friend. I was looking forward to catching up and spending time with him, Marcus and Ian. I hadn’t seen them since we toured together in 2018. My last show before that was opening up for Yacht at Larimer Lounge which had also gone very well.
Did any tracks, in particular, go over especially well during that gig?
I have a new album coming out soon. I had just gotten the masters of that album back and I was terribly excited to play those live for people. I think I really got some heads nodding with “Boner of a Lonely Heart” that night. There’s this one part where I got this Speak and Spell, spelling out M-U-X M-O-O-L and that was fun hearing that go off live.
What is your best memory from that gig?
Shigeto and I went for a walk together and I had to use my ID to buy him cigarettes cuz he left his wallet at the hotel. Felt like we were teenagers [laughs].
Everyone can’t wait for clubs and festivals to begin again. What do you miss most about DJing? How are you keeping your skills sharp?
There is a very special kind of excitement and adrenaline that goes with performing live that is just magical. I miss being locked into my grooves. I also miss just addressing the crowd and coming up with jokes on the spot. There’s really no better feeling than when you know you just made the day of a crowd of people who enjoyed your show. I’m not exactly keeping my skills sharp right now. I’ve decided to use this time to focus on more writing music and also maybe taking some time to re-tool how I perform live and taking in new ideas and processes. Still do my finger drumming regularly though.
A lot of artists have been doing live streams and working on tracks. What have you been working on during the lockdown?
I’ve always wanted to do home streaming gigs and they are definitely fun in different ways. I like being intimate with crowds and streaming from my home to yours is the definition of that. I’ve been working on making the release of this next album, Skulltaste II, out July 10, really pop.
How can fans support you right now?
They can continue streaming my songs and my new songs and pre-order vinyl copies of Skulltaste II. And hey, feel free to @ me anytime, any platform and tell me you’re excited. I def do wanna hear from you.
Any last words on your last gig?
Stay tuned, ya’ll. My last gig won’t be my last gig.