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Poll 2020: Vintage Culture

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The chance to remix Moby's 'My Only Love' this year came as a dream come true for South American luminary Vintage Culture. “It was a real honour. Moby is committed to protecting the animals and the tropical forests that exist in Brazil,” he tells DJ Mag from his studio that, during quarantine, continued to be a hub of creativity. He laid his magic touches on Tiësto's 'Coffee (Give Me Something)', Alok's 'Party On My Own' as well as anthems 'Slow Down', 'Head & Heart' and 'The Power', and continued working on stacks of his own material. 
 
He was able to complete a summer tour of Brazil at the beginning of the year and since then has notched up over 100 hours of live sets, with an aim to keep his fans happy while isolated. “Everything will come back. We have to be patient, which is the most difficult thing, and take advantage of the time we have to be productive and efficient in our work,” Vintage Culture says. 
 
 
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
 
“Studio time as much as possible. I am organising my career, planning for 2021. And family time.”
 
 
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
 
“To manage and understand your copyrights, deals, royalties. To learn how to make your brand profitable even without performing live shows.”
 

What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
 
“I believe that whatever is necessary. We must respect and love people. If we are all together, so that each one can do their part, we can end racism.”
 
 
What industry changes are you personally pushing for to make the dance music scene more inclusive?
 
“At the beginning of the pandemic, I engaged with causes that raised the equivalent of $100k to NGOs that take care of homeless people in Brazil. Now the intention is to continue this project over the years regardless of the coronavirus.”
 
 
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?
 
“New Order 'Blue Monday'.”

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2020-10-20 12:40

Style: 
“I'm a mix of styles.”
Best known for: 
“Vintage Culture.”
Tune of the year: 
“Josement 'All Night Alone (Chris Lake Edit)'.”

Poll 2019: Vintage Culture

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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!”

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2019-10-17 16:30

Style: 
“Electronic good vibes music.”
Best known for: 
“Pioneering a personal genre where nu-disco and deep house gets a big room-infused touch.”
Tune of the year: 
“Maverick Sabre ‘Slow Down (Slow Motion Remix)’.”

Poll 2018: Vintage Culture

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From: Brasil
DJ style: “Big room-infused deep house.”
Best known for: “Remixing remarkable vocal-driven classic songs and becoming a pop star in his home country, Brazil.”
Fave tune of 2018: “Rüfüs du Sol ‘No Place’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “CamelPhat.”

Vintage Culture makes yet another leap up the poll this year, following a jump of 23 places in 2017. This time he’s up another 12 and has finally broken into the coveted top 20. Well, what do you expect after the year he’s had? “I was able to bring my music to amazing places such as Rock In Rio Lisboa (Portugal), Ushuaia (Ibiza), Mysteryland Festival (Amsterdam), EDC (Orlando), Lollapalooza (São Paulo),” the Brazilian tells DJ Mag. Back in his homeland, VC’s also supported Martin Garrix for four dates of his tour. And his own Só Track Boa label parties haven’t been doing too bad either, hosting events in World Cup arenas around the nation — some reaching up to 20,000 attendees!

VC adds that he’s also enjoyed working on “lots of new music and collabs, meeting Adam K — a new friend and great studio partner from Canada — and shooting nice and inspiring video clips.” Sounds like a pretty great year to us, and now his Top 100 DJs placement can be the icing on the cake!

Words: BEN HINDLE

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-12 10:42

Poll 2017: Vintage Culture

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The special connection that Vintage Culture feels with his crowd is one of the most important aspects of his life, and he tries to let his fans know that every day. “Being chosen by the people tells me that I am doing something right and motivates me even more to keep the pace of heavy touring, hard working, and making more and more music,” he explains to DJ Mag.

It's been a heady year for him, opening up Martin Garrix's Ibiza shows at Hi and Ushuaia, playing the closing of the massive Rock In Rio and pulling the biggest of crowds to Lollapolooza's electronic music stage. And his So Track Boa label parties are also going from strength to strength across Brazil. “It's just amazing and I cannot be thankful enough,” he says. Electronic music in Brazil is seriously taking off right now, and he's clearly super-proud to be a part of it.

VC firmly believes in seizing the moment, as well as creating it, and with this in mind he's just started his own clothing line called VNTG — well crafted and designed garments. “On the production front, there are many tracks coming out or about to come out that I feel very happy with.”

Plans for 2018? “Basically, to keep on doing what I have been doing so far and growing both personally and professionally in the process, sharing love, friendship and the mantra of my life: good vibes!” 

 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Jon Dommett - 2017-10-17 10:54