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Villeda: Artist Interview & Podcast

admin interview, Podcast

The Podcast:

The Interview:

MM:  How did it all start for you?
V:  My dad used to be a DJ in LA when he was in college and my Grandfather owns a few radio stations in my home country Honduras since I can remember. You can say I grew up around music regardless before I even understood the power it has. I remember my dad would play records in the house every day and little by little i started to fall in love with the art of DJing. Mixing two records and making them sound like one. That Merging to me was fascinating since the first day I realized how it works. Then later on I fell in love with the art of production as well. But that’s a different story.

MM:  Who is your biggest inspiration?
V:  One of my biggest aspirations is Jeff Mills for still keeping it Old School and his skills on the decks.

MM:  Who do you have a lot of respect for?
V:  I have a lot of respect for Martin Buttrich because of his elegant but yet powerful approach in every set. He always plays really hard to find music and takes you in unique journeys.

MM:  What single night out has been the most memorable for you as a DJ?Villeda
V: I would say my most memorable night as a DJ was when I played at Sunjam Festival back in 2013. My time slot, the energy of the ppl, and my connection with the crowd. All the 2 thousand european souls had their eyes on me and not one was not dancing.

MM:  As an attendee?
V: As an attendee i would say the most memorable night was when I experience Sunday School for Degenerates for the first time back in 2007. It was by far one of the best times of my life.

MM:  Are you able to share any of your secret tricks with me?
V:  Of course. Knowledge is meant to be shared collectively. The only way Ive learned my stuff is by having someone else share it with me. So here it goes.. When your trying to beat match on CDJS always place your bpm at the first percentage point factor so you can reference and have an idea of where your tempo of that track lives. You have to focus on the track your bringing in. If your track starts losing sync (slower or too fast) then you move your percentage point towards the opposite direction by one factor. The percentage point is going to depend on how you have your CDJ Calibrated. Could be .3% or .5%.

MM:  What is one mistake you see a lot of up and coming DJs making? / What advice would you give to aspiring DJs?
V:  I think its a mistake to start learning with a computer and then depending on Software and wave forms and all that. The whole point of the art of Dying is to feel the Master tempo of the track with your hands and have control over it. Computers and technology can be bad sometimes when you don’t understand this craft and you just get lazy and use automatic sync. Don’t depend on software to be able to express yourself. It becomes too generic and boring for you and the crowd can feel that. Get into it at a level where you’re really busy matching the tracks and feeling the music. It becomes human and real for the people your trying to connect with.

MM:  Where do you think the scene is headed? One year from now? Five years from now?
V:  I don’t really know where the scene is heading. But I can tell you this. Vinyl is coming back strong and little by little real DJ’s are taking the time to shop for records and spin really special hard to find music. But theres a lot of easy to use DJ setups now a days and music portals are releasing more and more crapy music every day. If you got a small budget you don’t even need to know about real Dying and you can get your hands on some digital decks and play top100 Beatport tracks, and call yourself a “DJ”. Bottomline who knows where we headed lol.

VilledaMM:  If you could eternally be stuck in one year’s music scene, which year would it be?
V:  2010

MM:  What is one subgenre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves?
V:  Mini Tech

MM:  What is it that you love about the scene?
V:  One thing i love about the scene is that it brings people together no matter where you come from or what race you are. Music as a whole is in the center of it. Music has the power to heal and create new possibilities for people’s minds. But we gotta be careful with drugs.

MM:  One thing that bothers you?
V:  One thing that bugs me about the scene is how little by little you see less humans and more zombies dancing around.

MM:  What is your opinion regarding the difference between old school DJing where everything was restricted to vinyl and modern DJing where most tracks are never put on any physical medium before or after release?
V:  The difference was that before you would have less access to music like now. That would give more exclusivity to the DJ and his music. Also sound quality has been sacrificed because as you might now, vinyl sounds a lot fuller and gives a better representation of music in the dance floor than Digital. More Frequencies = You feel the music at a deeper level. Your body absorbs those frequencies and connects you to the music at a greater extent. It used to be more about the music and the ritual of dancing more than just a trend. Now its become so easy to access music and become a “DJ”, like i mentioned before. Now you get less quality and saturation of wannabe’s who do it just to look cool. This might be killing the whole essence of this beautiful art. This happens less in Europe.

MM:  Do you think this has hurt exclusivity of having a certain sound? A DJ’s ability to have a “unique” style? Is having your own style separate from all the other DJs out there even important in modern Dying?
V:  Its Definitely hurting exclusivity and uniqueness because you have a lot of the same but then you if your smart and understand good music you appreciate when you have quality and you can tell the difference right away. It just depends on the market and scene your focusing on. Obviously if you compare the US to Europe you will notice a big difference of quality when it comes to Music Elements, Instrumentation, Unique Style, approach, detail, and elegance.

MM:  What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?
V:  Furcoat – You and I (Original Mix)

Bio Snapshot:

Honduran DJ and Producer Villeda has been making music since 2010. His sound is broad, and his tracks filled with powerful bass and groovy rhythms. Moving beyond the local scene in Tegucigalpa, Villeda moved to Florida to further his music career. He graduated from Full Sail University with a degree in Mastering and Recording Engineering in 2013. Currently calling Miami Beach home, Villeda is also the co-label head of RETUNE MUSIC, the leading electronic music label in his home country of Honduras and Central America, as well as the Mastering Engineer for New York based and the well Respected label NOSI Music. Villeda has been a regular on the DJ circuit in Honduras since 2005, quickly rising to the top ranks of the scene through his mastery of the turntables and ear for only the best music. Today, Villeda plays with the Miami local scene and large events throughout Central America. He’s also resident DJ at the infamous annual festival of the region, SUNJAM.

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