On the Spot: LP Giobbi

Dec 23, 2021

Alexander Dias

6 min read

We caught up with LP Giobbi at elrow’s Rowsattacks! show in Brooklyn earlier this month. And as always, it was fantastic to speak to the queen of piano house. Her set was a blazing ride through classic house beats, Grateful Dead remixes, and of course, her vivacious spirit and expert improv work on the keys.

After her set, we sat down for a bit of fun and asked her some totally random questions. We covered everything from her connection to 70s music to her favorite track of 2021. Check the video out below and read on to see how it all went down.

What was your first thought this morning?

"Oh, fuck." I played in Vail last night. Three days ago, I was in London. Two days ago, I was in LA. Last night I was in Vail and then I had to get up at five in the morning to drive down to Denver to get here. So, my first thought was ‘oh fuck!’ It's all worth it. Tonight was amazing.

Explain Elrow In three words to me like I've never been here.

Fucking next level hyphenated amazing.

If you could pick any era in history to live in. When would you pick?

I mean, this is a complicated one. I would probably pick the '70s because, you know, The Dead, Janice Joplin. But also, the world wasn't as progressive then. So, I feel kind of bad saying that. So, it's complicated.

Because, in terms of music, it was probably one of the best decades of music, let's just say you would mix the 70s with where we're going?

Yes, which is what I try to do in my sets.

If you weren't a musician, what would you be?

I'd be a midwife. I would deliver babies for women because I became a producer to empower other women to do this. And I think like helping a woman deliver a child is also an empowering experience. So I would probably do that.

My wife and I's midwife was absolutely amazing.

And you'll never forget that, right? Like literally life-changing, like empowering women to like, empower her body to give birth is just, I honestly hope I do in this life.

Would you rather only be able to whisper or only be able to shout?

Definitely shout. That's the easiest question.

I wrote this question for you. But I gave it to everybody else. And I knew what your answer was gonna be. What was harder? Learning to play a 20 page piano concerto or learning to do a mixdown?

That's a really good question. That's a, you did your research question. I honestly think pretty equal. I mean, it took me a few years to learn the Greek concerto from beginning to end. I would say like the same amount of time to really master production. Just, you know, consistent work. Same, same but different?

Yeah, totally. But that taught me how to work, so for that, I'm grateful.

What sound or noise Do you love?

Okay, well, I have a white noise [machine] to sleep. I need it to sleep and actually carry around a white noise machine with me, which takes up a lot of my suitcase. That's how much I love it. Favorite Grateful Dead tune?

Oh, "Franklin's Tower" I just did a remix of it. His lyrics are so weird. I did some research on them. And they're genius. The songwriter, John Barlow, wrote this crazy essay on it. It's just genius.

I'm playing with The Dead actually in a few weeks. They do a festival in Tulum, and I'm doing their after-parties. My parents are coming. I've cried about it so many times. 808 or 909?

808. Favorite track of the year?

Bicep "Apricot." This whole album is cool. There's no vocals. It's just like weird electronic music and went to number one on the pop charts.

Intimate club or festival?

Oh, that's easy, intimate club. Intimate club or rave?

It depends on how long my set is. Two hours

Two hours for both? Then maybe rave.

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Dream collaboration?

I think I know the answer to but let me just think … Grateful Dead. Would you rather be forced to sing along or dance to every single song you hear?

Dance. I can't sing to save my life.

One time I went on tour with a band and afterwards I was talking to the lead singer and I said 'I love that one song you do,' and I sang it to her. And she didn't know what song I was singing. Would you rather swim in a pool full of Nutella or a pool full of maple syrup?

Yes New York or London?

I would say London because of the music scene. Finish this sentence: I love house music because ...

it's body music.

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