Baron von Luxxury

Baron von Luxxury

 Los Angeles, California, USA
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Biography

Interested in the divide between the underground and the pop mainstream, Baron Von Luxxury seeks that fine line dividing what is cool from what is deeply embarrassing. Dubbed the “Post-Post-Synthpop King” by the LA Weekly, Baron Von Luxury seeks to erase the lines between high and low art by merging elements of innovative dance music with the idiot immediacy of classic pop.

Whether it’s remixing HEALTH one day and Hilary Duff the next; writing rapturously about Glass Candy and Enya on his blog DiscoWorkout.com; or referencing Pet Shop Boys and Steely Dan with equally respect on his forthcoming album “Women of a Certain Age”, his solo debut taps into this classic Moroder-esque disco vibe as well as more modern electronic-influenced indie pop, evoking equal parts Twin Shadow and New Order, with nods to Sparks, Empire of the Sun, Matthew Dear, and YMO, as well as ELO. The album is bathed in dark beats with shimmering synths and his beloved 16th notes, at the end of the day, these are 10 pop songs, nearly all of them 3 and 1/2 minutes in length, and each possessing clever lyrics, a catchy chorus and sexy, hooky melodies for days.

For example “Terry Richardson”, a smooth disco funk number replete with popping bass guitar (a sounds rarely heard since the dark days of the 1990’s Chili Peppers) dares to invoke the unholy uncoolness of “Gaucho” era Steely Dan, updated for the Chromeo era. ”Alice Underground” takes its name from the film his friend Theresa Duncan had written and was set to direct before her untimely suicide in the summer of 2007. “Half the album stems from trying to sort out what happened with Theresa and Jeremy, who had been like a sister and brother to me. The other half is me reacting to my own, sad songs and trying to write something a little lighter.” ”Rosebud Was The Name of His Sled” has just spoiled Citizen Kane for any of you heathens who have yet to see the classic Orson Welles tour-de-force. A slow burning disco funeral pyre evoking Washed Out as much as Sisters of Mercy, it’s another tribute to Theresa and Jeremy, complete with a melancholy sax solo that would make Sergio proud.

In his day job as a published songwriter/producer under contract with Razor and Tie, BvL writes with and for aspiring chart toppers from Little Boots to Dr. Luke protege (and “California Gurls” co-writer) Bonnie McKee. At night he runs the beloved blog DiscoWorkout.com and has done remixes for CSS, Yeah Yeahs Yeahs, HEALTH, Glass Candy, Marianne Faithfull, and many more. Somewhere in between his populist and elitist interests comes his own music, and therein along the aforementioned high/low art divide lies his debut solo album “Women of a Certain Age”, which will be out this summer on LA’s Manimal Vinyl (Bat For Lashes, Warpaint).

Discography

Baron von Luxxury discography

The Drunk EP (2004) Nolita Records
The Dirty Girls (Need Love Too) EP (2004) Nolita Records
Rock and Roll (is Evil) (2006) Razor & Tie/Nolita Records
Sweet and Vicious: The Remixes (2007) Nolita Records
Women of a Certain Age (2011) Manimal Vinyl

Remixes

Hilary Duff - Stranger (Baron von Luxxury Remix) (2007)
Scissors for Lefty - Ghetto Ways (Baron von Luxxury Remix) (2007)
Luxxury - Drunk (Lovesick Vocoders at Night Remix) (2007)
Dirty Sanchez - Really Rich Italian Satanists (Baron von Luxxury Remix) (2008)
CSS - A La La (Baron von Luxxury Remix) (2007)
Marianne Faithfull - Broken English (Baron von Luxxury Remix) (2008)
Robots in Disguise - We're In The Music Biz (Baron von Luxxury Remix) (2008)
Robots in Disguise - The Sex Has Made Me Stupid (Baron von Luxxury Remix) (2008)
Sunny Day Sets Fire - Brainless (Baron von Luxxury Remix) (2008)
Glass Candy - I Always Say Yes (Baron von Luxxury Remix) (2008)
Little Boots - Meddle (Baron von Luxxury Remix) (2008)
The Secret Handshake - All For You (Baron von Luxxury Remix) (2009)
The Turtles - So Happy Together (Baron von Luxxury Remix) (2009)
Del Marquis - Runaround (Baron von Luxxury Remix) (2009)
The Burning Hotels - Stuck In The Middle (Baron von Luxxury Controls Everything Remix) (2009)
HEALTH - Eat Flesh (Baron von Luxxury Remix) (2010)
The Child - Boomerang (Baron von Luxxury Totally Goth Remix) (2011)
Austra - Spellwork (Baron von Luxxury Remix) (2011)

Set List

Live set: 9 songs, 32 minutes.