In an undisclosed location, surrounded by both the beauty and gaudiness of Miami, resides the man behind Oddinhuman Music and The Slowdown Studio simply known as Lumin. Disappointed with this musical era so rich in technology and accessibility but lacking in experimentation and substance, he set out to create tangible, meaningful and progressive soundscapes, armed with his modest but efficient collection of vintage studio equipment and an extensive vinyl collection. His goal: spark the imagination through sound and be fresh while doing it.
A meeting of minds occurred between Lumin and future label mate PFM in 2002. What initially began with open mics and listening to hip hop records grew into exchanging verses, critiques, and production tips. This evolved into their first collaboration on the Hoverock label’s debut release entitled Kite Crucifix Beyond: Valium 1. Lumin’s contribution included a track on the compilation as well as engineering duties for the majority of the project. Since then, he has taken on the role of Hoverock engineer, working out of his own studio, The Slowdown, appropriately named due to its laid back vibe and comfortable atmosphere.
Not one to be limited as solely a musician or studio engineer, Lumin also developed his skills in another field, in which he prides himself greatly – DJing. In 2003, he was introduced to Hoverock DJ Kems while attending a hip hop show. Learning of their similar tastes in music, the meeting marked the start of a dynamic DJ duo who through the years has shared the stage and rocked the crowd at shows including KRS One, Digable Planets, Jeru the Damaja, Rob Swift, King Britt, and countless other well known and local talent. Lumin has had the opportunity to play in clubs across the United States, from New York City to Seattle and everywhere in between. His seamless mix of soul, funk, hip hop, disco, house and every genre in between will always hit the spot for the discerning music lover.
The future for Lumin is simple. He writes:
“I just want to create beautiful music. It really isn’t any more complicated. Of course I have much more music to record and release, not only for the Hoverock label and my own Oddinhuman Music label, but for a few others as well. The DJ gigs will always be there, the engineering opportunities, and you may even see me involved in artist development. More importantly, I just hope to live and grow both musically and spiritually and see some of these projects through before my time is up on this planet.”