Explore Vintage Culture’s new single with Solardo, the evolution of his sound, and more [Q+A]
In the last year, Vintage Culture has seemingly released music on every record label in sight. The Brazilian DJ is consistently one of the most supported artists in dance music, as his sound weaves genres together in artful fashion, resulting in a consistent stream of festival-ready hits.
Next up for Vintage Culture is a single with the UK based duo, Solardo. Released on June 24, Vintage Culture and Solardo come together for melodic-house single, “Adidas & Pearls.” As a current wave within house music looks to shift towards melodic and deep sounds, Vintage Culture continues to be at the forefront in the latest movement in trends. Dancing Astronaut connected with Vintage Culture for a chat about his ongoing sonic evolution, the labels helping him push his creative vision, and his new single with Solardo.
How has your sound evolved from your early production years of mostly Brazilian bass?
Vintage Culture: When I started as a teenager my world was smaller. My first ambition was to be playing at popular clubs and festivals in Brazil. Maybe in my quiet moments I dreamed of touring the world, or headlining international festivals, but I didn’t say that out loud. The immediate goal was to make music for myself and the audience around me. This style which is now called “Brazilian bass” really appealed to the fans.
I combined this style with international influences that I grew up listening to—bands like Depeche Mode, New Order, [and] Radiohead. These artists have a great sense of melody and focus on the quality of the song itself. This has stayed with me. I think the fans can hear this on my new track, “Adidas & Pearls” with Solardo and Lowes.
Now, touring the world, I’m exposed to influences from all over. This seeps into my productions without [me] even being conscious of it. So there was a natural evolution to the music.
How much fun have the latest So Track Boa parties been? The last one at the Belo Horizonte football stadium looked wild.
Vintage Culture: So Track Boa in 2022 was like being reunited with family and friends again. I could feel the spirit of the crowd and the positive energy of 40,000 friends as soon as I entered the venue. There is no greater feeling in the world. Being on that stage with those fans is the most comfortable place on the planet for me. This year So Track Boa, which is Portuguese for “only good tracks,” sold out very fast and was our biggest event yet. I’m already thinking about next year. I will be personally selecting the artists from around the world for the festival.
I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who supported the festival and my shows around the world. I appreciate the fans so much and want them to know this. Thank you guys!
Many of your recent releases have been on some highly recognizable labels including Insomniac Records, Spinnin’ Records, Cercle Records, and more. How do you go about determining labels to partner with?
Vintage Culture: Just like producers, record labels seem to specialize in specific genres, or they have a particular sound and vibe. This is about the musical tastes of their A&R teams. If you listen to the tracks from Defected, you can definitely hear a similar vibe running through them.
With experience and time getting to know the people who work at each label, you realize which productions would work for each label and their A&R teams.
With such a busy touring schedule through 2022, how do you manage consistent quality in your output with such a chaotic schedule?
Vintage Culture: My mastering engineer is working around the clock—shout out to Pimpo Gama in Brazil. Keep in mind I spent most of the lock-down in the recording studio. I missed playing live very much, but in another way this was a very creative time for me. I spent lock down writing, producing and recording almost every day. There is a backlog of great songs waiting to be released. Combined with my new tracks, I probably have enough music for the next two years.
The new track with Solardo is an interesting one, how did you find a balance of styles in the studio?
Vintage Culture: We have a high respect for each other’s work and we [each] have an appreciation of great songs. Lowes are very talented writers, so our goal was to combine our production skills to bring out the best of the song. We wanted to emphasize the vocal melody and lyrics without stepping on the performance. I’m very proud of “Adidas & Pearls” and together with Solardo and Lowes, we created a great track.
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