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May 8, 2021

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LDRU1What does L D R U stand for, and how did the name come about?

L D R U 
stands for lanky drowned rat unco. Haha nah – left down, right up. It’s part of a cheat from grand theft auto.

Can you explain to us how you started making music?

I had a back injury at work and had about a year and a half off. I’ve always loved music so I thought I’d start making it.

What or who is your biggest musical influence?

My emotions 100 per cent. If I’m in party mode I’ll make bangers then when I’m hungover or devo I’ll make nice melodic stuff.

How does it feel to be signed with Future Classic?

Stoked! They are a bunch of legends that like my tunes so I couldn’t be happier.

What is the highlight of your music career to date?  

Knowing that people listen and like my music.

You are only young yourself and you have remixed Lorde’s single Love Club, which has become quite a dance hit. Lorde herself is only 16. Do you think age works in your favour when creating such catchy tunes?

Couldn’t tell you because I’m not old yet. I hope to make catchy music forever.

We hear you are pretty keen on the beach? Do you like Byron Bay?

Love the beach and Byron. I’ve been up there a bunch of times, can’t wait to get back and be a hippy.


LDRU plays Sunday Safari at the Beach Hotel with Rufus & Sampology.

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