Music interview: Alba going back to his roots after whirlwind world tour

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Cera Alba is a Hot Creations man, and has played with the label all over the world in Ibiza, Miami and more, as well as turning in his own creamy bassline driven house.

He has become a staple of the Hot Creations world and for good reason, but has also been tapped up for releases by the influential ViVA and ALive labels.

Soon he returns to Leeds where he has been installed as resident at new night La La Land. “It does feel like a homecoming, I’m really excited,” he says. “Hopefully I will see some friendly faces in the crowd. I wouldn’t say I’m nervous, The Warehouse is a great club and with a class sound system.”

He has no real reason to be nervous given how many gigs he has played in the last year on a near constant tour of the world. From parties at WMC to festivals in Croatia via just about every club worth its salt in the UK, Cera has worked many a different dancefloor in his own unique style.

“Leeds was hugely influential on my career and shaped musical tastes,” he explains when asked about his hometown’s impact. “If it wasn’t for the thriving scene in Leeds I don’t think I would be doing what I am today. I think there are a few key factors which have helped Leeds become such a mecca for electronic music. I feel Leeds offers a great community, which you rarely see these days. It’s a give you a sense of belonging which feels very special. It’s something that gets lost in the bigger cities such as London and Manchester. I think this really allows people to thrive in the industry and in turn that helps improve the city. I feel it’s a bit ahead of the rest of the UK, well it was 10 years ago when I first started at Leeds Met.”

You could say Cera himself was ahead of the game with his fresh, forward looking house sounds. They are sleekly produced, often come with a baseline that brings boys and girls together on the floor and range from deep and sultry to more sharp edged and jacking. Most recently he has been tapped up by another local label, Gruuv, for a new EP that will surely sound track many people’s summer in 2014.

“The response has been really good for this one. I would say it’s the first big step in my new direction in terms of sound. ”

Soon he will be back with another EP on VIVa in September, which we are told, “is slightly tougher with more of European tech house style in mind” whilst Cera also says his sound is constantly on the change. “I think the more gigs I have played the more I have been influenced to produce peak time house and techno. I still learn new things everyday but I feel far more comfortable in my ability now.”

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