Exclusive Mix & Interview
July 14th, 2019
Genre: World / Ethnic Music
Label: Numa / Garasadah records
Welcome - Introduce yourself to our audience. Anything special you would like them to know?
My name is Vincent. I am a self-taught musician. I have always played with friends in bands since I was teenager, a guitarist in rock bands and a bassist in a reggae band. I still play today with Dawta Jena & Urban Lions, an electro vocal project.
Vinzoo is my personal project, also the name used by close friends. I call my style Digital Ethnic Music and I consider myself like a sound gardener. I plant notes and harmonies with love. I let them grow and cook them when they're ready. I mix...I add some mysterious sauce. I love when it's spicy, when the flavors come from somewhere, when sonorities come from far away. Also, I am French but I think you would have noticed it at the sight of my very bad English.
Tell us about your passion. Where does it come from and what it means to you.
I am passionate about music. She is the only one who can travel, provide emotions, convey messages, unite people and make them feel better, and all at the same time. I like the idea of being able to be at the origin of that. To create an emotion, to move a leg, an arm, a body. Or just have your eyes closed and dream. I try to use and mix acoustic and organic sounds that I play, record or sample. My sound is very natural for Electro. It is influenced by my life but also that of others, by the world in which we live, our beautiful planet. I also had the chance to travel and I think it feels in my music.
"I consider myself like a sound gardener. I plant notes and harmonies with love. I let them grow and cook them when they're ready."
What are you currently doing to push your own limits in terms of the music you make?
When I compose and produce songs, I think there are no limits. It's infinite and that's what's good. I love experimenting and I could spend hours, days, weeks on a single track because there is an infinite way to adjust it. Everything is possible and I like it.
For the live sets, it's a little different. I need to put myself in danger with moments of total improvisation, with flutes or guitar for example. This makes gigs livelier for electronic music and makes them unique, that's what I'm looking for. I'm not a DJ who plays songs ready, each of my songs are flexible and will depend on the present moment
Music production. Hardware vs Software. Thoughts?
For my productions I use Ableton Live on PC with different VST's. I like to play bass and all that I can record but I do not always do it, it depends on the inspiration and needs of the song. For the live set I use Live and The APC40 as a controller with a MIDI keyboard M-AUDIO and a looper BOSS on which I plug a microphone to play percussion, flute and sometimes a guitar. I am thinking about investing in a real synth soon because there is nothing like being able to physically touch an instrument.
What is your long term goal as a producer and how do you do you plan on achieving it?
I would like to be able to perform live more because as a musician, it is in these moments of sharing on stage that are the strongest, most intense and most sincere. On stage we can not lie. Otherwise, I did not set a long-term goal as a producer. The main one for me and continue to take pleasure and especially to give it. It's very hard today to have good visibility on the net, we find ourselves easily lost in the middle of artists and information and it's hard to pull out of the game. My ambition is to continue to produce and release songs on different labels that would allow me to stand out. I hope to make it happen.
"I need to put myself in danger with moments of total improvisation, with flutes or guitar for example. This makes gigs livelier for Electronic music and makes them unique..."
If you were a characteristic of sound, which would you be?
I think I'll be the bass, the vibrations, what you feel more than what you hear - rather discreet but indispensable. The bass that brings stability, the foundations on which you can rely, without which everything would collapse. I am very sensitive to its frequencies. I am a true roots Reggae lover and I think bass plays the main role in this music. This might explain that.
Vinzoo, in a few sentences. Tell us about this mix you made for us. Where did you get your inspiration. Is there anything special you want the audience to know?
I have released a lot of songs lately and I have not added them to my live set yet. It's done and it is not yet very well run but I'm happy. All the songs in this set are Vinzoo songs or remixes that I could do for others. I revisited them in Live and I recorded this live set for you at home with the moon and the stars. I had a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy listening to it. It would be really nice to return. See you soon, I hope.