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Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Euan McGraw - 2016-10-17 15:55

Brazil's passionate affair with dance music is one that saw the initial EDM tidal-wave roll back and leave a love of deeper sounds in its place. Dancefloor groove is one that's borne naturally into its people defined by samba and carnival, and this guy, Vintage Culture, is at the forefront of it. His embrace of disco, bass and deep house all wrapped up with a sprinkling of pop has set Brazilian clubs on fire over the past 12 months — particularly 'Sometimes feat. WOO2TECH', a nu-disco banger that's still setting even main rooms alight.

“2016 was quite a year,” reflects Vintage Culture, aka Lukas Ruiz. “Lots of positive feedback; sold-out shows; releases on Spinnin' and Ultra Records; toured different countries and places; had dozens of people tattooing things related to me; made it into DJ Mag Top 100 without really campaigning...”

It's a list of achievements we expect to go on as his unstoppable rise continues to transcend the bounds of Brazil's borders and into the States, Europe and beyond. Imagine where he'll land if he actually does campaign? ADAM SAVILLE

What have been the new frontiers for you this year? “Worldwide touring, important releases and exploring my home country. A year to be very grateful for!”

Is electronic music taken seriously enough as an art-form? “I think that in the same way that it is always evolving, yes, even though there are so many questions going on regarding the (not new at all) entertainment factor of a DJ performance nowadays.”

What’s the best new bit of DJ/production technology, and why? “The slice to MIDI function on Ableton 9 is my new favourite.”

If you had to switch your style to another genre, what would it be? “Hmm... Somewhere between trap and bass house?!”

As a fan, what is the top price you would pay to see yourself DJ? “It really depends on the context, what else the event is offering etc. After all, DJs are part of a bigger experience, from the soundsystem to the location itself.”

What can be done to prevent drug-related deaths at dance music events? “Legalisation and proper education, urgently.”

How can we increase diversity in dance music? “I'd say diversity in dance music as it is now is great. It has just increased year after year, the one thing that we are losing and consequently missing is unity.”