by: Alex Lambeau
June 24, 2022
Over the past year, Vintage Culture has seemingly released music on every major record label. The Brazilian DJ is still one of the most supported artists in dance music, as his sound artfully weaves genres together, resulting in a steady stream of festival-ready hits.
Next up for Vintage Culture is a single with UK-based duo Solardo. Released June 24, Vintage Culture and Solardo reunite for a melodic-house single, “Adidas & Pearls.” While a current wave within house music seems to be moving towards melodic and deep sounds, Vintage Culture continues to be at the forefront of the latest movement in trends. dancing astronaut connected with Vintage Culture to discuss his ongoing sonic evolution, labels helping him push his creative vision, and his new single with Solardo.
How has your sound evolved since your early years of producing mostly Brazilian bass?
Culture of the vintage: When I started as a teenager, my world was smaller. My first ambition was to play in popular clubs and festivals in Brazil. Maybe in my quiet moments I dreamed of traveling the world, or headlining international festivals, but I didn’t say it out loud. The immediate goal was to make music for myself and the audience around me. This style, which is now called “Brazilian bass”, was very popular with 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. It stuck with me. I think fans can hear that on my new track, “Adidas & Pearls” with Solardo and Lowes.
Now, traveling the world, I am exposed to influences from everywhere. This seeps into my productions without [me] even be aware of it. So there was a natural evolution of music.
How fun have the last So Track Boa parties been? The last one at the Belo Horizonte football stadium looked wild.
Culture of the vintage: So Track Boa in 2022 was like reuniting with family and friends. I could feel the spirit of the crowd and the positive energy of 40,000 friends as soon as I entered the hall. There is no greater feeling in the world. Being on stage with these fans is the most comfortable place on the planet for me. This year, So Track Boa, which in Portuguese means “only good tracks”, sold out very quickly and was our biggest event to date. I’m already thinking about next year. I will personally select artists from around the world for the festival.
I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who has supported the festival and my shows around the world. I appreciate the fans so much and I want them to know that. Thanks guys!
Many of your recent releases have been on very recognizable labels including Insomniac Records, Spinnin’ Records, Cercle Records, etc. How do you decide which labels to associate with?
Culture of the vintage: Like producers, record labels seem to specialize in specific genres, or they have a particular sound and vibe. It’s about the musical tastes of their A&R teams. If you listen to Defected’s tracks, you can definitely hear a similar vibe running through them.
With experience and time spent getting to know the people who work on each label, you realize what productions would work for each label and their A&R teams.
With such a hectic touring schedule through 2022, how do you manage consistent quality in your production with such a chaotic schedule??
Culture of the vintage: My mastering engineer works around the clock – kudos to Pimpo Gama in Brazil. Keep in mind that I spent most of the confinement in the recording studio. I missed playing live a lot, but in other ways it was a very creative time for me. I spent quarantine writing, producing and recording almost every day. There is a backlog of great songs waiting to be released. Combined with my new material, I probably have enough music for the next two years.
The new track with Solardo is interesting, how did you find a balance of styles in the studio?
Culture of the vintage: We have great respect for everyone’s work and we [each] have an appreciation for great songs. Lowes are very talented writers, so our goal was to combine our production skills to bring out the best in the song. We wanted to emphasize the vocal melody and the lyrics without impinging on the performance. I’m very proud of “Adidas & Pearls” and together with Solardo and Lowes we created a great track.
Featured image: @vintageculture/ Instagram
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