Lucent Dossier Experience, is a Los Angeles cirque style interactive, avant-garde circus, electronic rock band, performance troupe and entertainment company. They combine original music with fire, aerial and circus performances. I’ve been lucky enough to see them twice at Lightning in a Bottle festival 2013 and 2014. Currently, they’re finishing up their first national tour and are performing in Los Angeles at Club Nokia with amazing The Human Experience (feat. singer Haley Reinheart) and Nico Luminous on Saturday, the 26th of July.
I got a chance to sit down with Dream (Lucent’s leader) and Metaphase (Lucents producer / live percussionist).
Dream: We were inspired to inspire! Literally. We wanted to create a space for radical acceptance. In order to do this we had to radically expose and except ourselves and each other. It’s been a long, amazing journey. We wanted to mash up music and fashion styles and get away with it. We wanted to mash up the traditional with the non-traditional. We wanted to be more of who we really are. First we had to figure out what that was. We’ve done it together. We still are doing it together. With ourselves and our fans – the Lucenites (seekers of light) It’s a together thing.
Metaphase: I was brought in 4 years ago, and then began producing and drumming with Lucent. I fell in love with the project and have always seen it as a perfect place to experiment producing funky new styles of music.
Metaphase: We usually switch around content depending on if it’s a festival or more of a theatrical music venue. I wouldn’t say it depends on geographical location, just more the context of the venue. For example in Milwaukee we played at a huge rave, and our set was geared towards that, we may play a few more heavy songs in a row during that type of set.
Metaphase: Yes, our mission was to rock it out and we did that. We made a ton of new friends and people always left the shows smiling.
Dream: At the moment we are going into cocoon mode. We will incubate for the next few months creating new ideas and working on a residency. We hope to get out there again. Only the future knows…
Metaphase: It’s possible. We just finished 3 new songs we’re premiering in Vegas and LA this weekend, so new material is always flowing. Our album Light of the World will be out very soon, so keep an eye out for that!