Andre Sobota

Brazillian superstar enjoying his Pryda voyage

Welcome to DMCWORLD young man, what a 2012 you are having! Currently in The Buzz Chart thanks to your ‘Voyager’ out on Eric Prydz’ Pryda Friends label. Talk us through the history of the tune…

“Thanks man! The whole vibe came out with the intro. I can’t describe, it just came from somewhere else. I got totally high into that and build up the entire track in one day. It was a true experience, walking around and thinking about things in life that will never be the same.”

We think you have a beautiful deep sound – how would you describe your production style?

“When I start playing notes is when it happens to me, so I allow myself to be very melodic and intense. At the same time I try to make the rhythms punchy and sometimes heavy to support the whole trip to the dancefloor.”

What is the current top 10 you are spinning?

PRYDA – Leja
DNYO – Fruits
Franck Roger – Surrounded
Pig & Dan – Love Song (Stephan Bodzin Remix)
Luke Abbott – Modern Driveway
Ryan Davis – Where The Right Things Are
Sasha Carassi – Void
Patrice Baumel – Chase
Sasha – Requiem
Andre Sobota – Voyager

Few remixes have had such a spectacular inauguration ino the limelight as your remix of Coldplay’s ‘Princess of China’ – talk us through how this remix came about and how you approached the rework…

“The Pryda team were in talks to the band’s label about my own music, which then just offered the remix to me. Once I got the parts I left it to the next day, so I could distance myself from the opportunity side of it, from being Coldplay & Rhianna. Next day I was then able to connect to what the music is, started throwing my ideas without really worrying about the result. In the end I’ve created a lot of new arrangements for a more organic version, maybe to illustrate my surroundings, specially the acoustic drums. It was all a very natural process.”

How old were you when you started to get into EDM?

“19 years old, at that point I was involved with music for 11 years already as a guitar player and composer. It changed my course completely.”

Who were you early DJ heroes?

“My first DJ Heroe was Patife from Brazil, his first compilation full of  jazz improvisations got me into electronic music.”

Tell us about studio set up.

“It’s very simple. I use acoustic and electric guitar here and there, apart from that  everything is recorded, arranged and mixed inside my lovely PC running Cubase through M-Audio soundcard. I use Yamaha’s 50M for monitoring.”

Your home city Sao Paulo is one of the most exciting cities in the world right now. Who are the other producers doing it right now in your opinion?

“DNYO for sure. He has been doing the most exciting music around, watch out this guy. I’ll probably forget great producers, but there’s this guy called Nato Medrado, Andre Salata has always been the techno pioneer here, and there’s now a whole new generation of Drum & Bass producers in Sao Paulo.”

What are the big clubs there right now?

“The Clash, D-Edge, Hot Hot, Manga Rosa, Ballroom, and there’s been talks about the return of the legendary Love Club.”

What is the best and worst thing about living in Sao Paulo?

“Best thing: it is in Brazil. I love the food, the people. I’m not really fan of the architecture though.”

What other producers from around the world are you giving respect to at the moment?

“I love Ryan Davis music, his album is fantastic. Sasha Carassi is the techno pioneer for me, Franck Roger bringing some 90’s innocence to it, the list is actually immense. I’ll always pay respect for M83, Gui Boratto, Sasha, Boards Of Canada.”

What is coming next from the Sobota studio…

“There is finally a lot of original material to come out this year, 3-4 EPS about to confirm. I’ve just finished my first collab with Paolo Mojo, and already thinking on how to approach to new material for PRYDA camp.”

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