When it comes to dance music, there are few bigger stars in Brazil than Vintage Culture. Although Paraguayan by birth, the 26 year-old is considered an honourary Brazilian thanks to his long association with the South American country.
He’s been a household name in South America for years, but his appearance in last year’s Top 100, in which he entered the top 20 for the first time, was recognition for his blossoming global reputation. This year, further proof arrived when he made his first appearance at the gargantuan Tomorrowland festival in Belgium, following it up with a headline-grabbing performance alongside Martin Garrix at Ushuaïa in Ibiza. He also made appearances in Mexico and the United States, while the next few months see a string of big gigs across Brazil.
2019 has also seen one of his biggest and most infectious tracks yet: ‘My Girl’, a co-production with Fancy Inc that made merry with samples from Eddie Murphy’s sing-along 1985 pop hit ‘Party All The Time’. It shouldn’t work, but it really does.
Do you submit your DJ setlists to the relevant royalties collecting society?
“Yes, but this is something that still needs work. The process needs to evolve further, especially how the royalties are distributed.”
What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?
“I think a lot is being done through all the awareness generated, but I think there's more to be discussed. It’s a lot to do with the gold rush and all the pressure that has come together with the EDM boom.”
Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?
“Definitely. I organise a series of festivals in Brazil for 200,000 people called So Track Boa and we are always looking into all aspects of how we can balance all kinds of inequalities — it also applies to accessibility, racism, homophobia and sustainability. It is important to understand each region's reality.”
What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?
“So far it's been all about trying to avoid plastic as much as possible and general recycling and diminishing waste production.”
What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?
“Definitely my dad's [combine] harvester. We lived on a farm. I used to sit in that machine and dream about driving it when I grew up!”
What’s your guilty pleasure?
“Partying never ends!”