VILLA DIAMANTE INTERVIEW PART 2
Villa Diamante is the genius mash up Producer from ZZK Records in Argentina and the Editor of the ZZK Records and ZIZEK Club blogs. We continue with Part 2 of his interview with Generation Bass.
GB: What do you think of Cumbia Villera?
VD: I find it funny that I have to come to an American like Oro11 to tell me the most interesting thing about cumbia villera. I like the slow rhythms touched with those heavy and psychedelic keyboards.
GB: If you like Cumbia Villera, which artists would recommend?
VD: I am not a great specialist in Cumbia Villera, but Pablo Lescano with Damas Gratis or Pibes Chorros, are the some of the best artists in that scene that I can think of.
GB: Can you tell us, if you can, what is the difference between Cumbia from Colombia and Cumbia from Argentina?
VD: Argentine cumbia has a lot of diferencies from cumbia villera, romantic cumbia, santafecina cumbia, cuarteto cordobes. It´s still Cumbia but with a drum and bass tempo and in that sense there are a lot of different types of cumbia. I don’t know if it is the same in Colombia.
GB: How do you see the future for Nueva Cumbia?
VD: I can’t predict what’s going to happen around the world but definitely in Buenos Aires, I can see the way the artists are going. What I like is how; elements of cumbia are being taken and mixed with music from other countries and genres. Realistically though, I don´t know if in years we will be calling this music cumbia anymore, its more, electronic Latin-contemporary music that I think ZZK is really working towards.
GB: Please give us your TOP 10 Cumbia records of all time.
VD: As I said before, I am more influenced by new cumbia than traditional sounds so this is a list of my top 10 new cumbia tracks.
Fauna – La Manita de Fauna
El Remolón – Pibe Cosmo
Marcelo Fabian – Beija Flor
Chancha Vía Circuito – Rodante
King Coya – Cumbias de Villa Donde
Sonido del Principe – Bersa Discos
Dick El Demasiado – No nos dejemos afeitar
Damas Gratis – Solo para entendidos
Sonido Martines – Chicha para el jetset
Zizek Sound Vol. 1 y Vol. 2
BACKGROUND & MUSICAL INFLUENCES
GB: How did you get into music, what are your musical influences?
VD: Since I was young I have been listening to music. Listening to anything from my dad’s old vinyl to the old school mix tapes my friends would make me. In terms of influences, it’s a mashup. My influences can be anything from the sonic Argentine rock of the 90’s to hip-hop, experimental music, bastard pop, techno, idm, drum and bass and hip hop Latino. Specific bands whose music I like would be Joy Division, The Ramones, Erland Oye, and LCD Soundsystem.
GB: Do you live for music?
VD: Since 4 years ago, it´s hard to live from the music in Argentina, but then if you live doing what you love, it’s the best thing that could happen to you.
GB: When you are not working on music, what sort of music do you listen to?
VD: Lately I have been listening a lot of Argentine rock from the 70s to the 90s. Since my English is really bad, I like to listen to music in my own language because I can completely understand the lyrics and use them to inspire me.
GB: Who you do you rate at the moment?
VD: Daleduro, El G, Mugre, Zurita, Lucas Luisao y DJ Nim.
VD: El Remolón, Black Mandingo, Marcelo Fabian, Daleduro,
Frikstailers, Modeselektor, Sonido del Principe, Chancha Vía
VD: Fauna, Santogold, Surtek Collective, Tremor, Calle 13,
King Coya, Tego Calderón, Meneo.
and more more and more
GB: Your all-time favourite artist?
VD: In Argentina, Babasonicos is a band which formed at the beginning of the 90’s. They made me change the way I understood music talking about different artists, films or drugs, and it opened my mind to other ways of thinking. When I first listened to their CD Dopadromo I felt like I could understand what it was like to be very high when you’re only 15.
GB: Your all-time favourite song/piece of music?
VD: Pescado Rabio – Desatormentandonos /Artaud
GB: Your all-time favourite movie?
VD: I am a real fan of Jean Luc Godard, I could see his film “Yo te saludo, Maria” or “historia(s) del cine” thousands of times, but is too long and I can’t stand staring at the TV screen for hours!
GB: Your all-time favourite book?
VD: I don’t have a favourite book, but I have got a favourite author: Cesar Aira is an Argentine writer who tells his stories in a very particular way. He uses a non formal technique to express an unusual form of fiction.
GB: Your greatest influence – music or otherwise?
VD: I believe that the majority of concepts that I manage in music with Villa Diamante, come out from novels, essays, or press articles that I read. Analysing marketing theories and watching how the markets move, similar to how the industry adjusts is a huge influence for me.
GB: What is next on your musical agenda?
VD: At the moment, we are developing ideas with the VJ resident of ZIZEK Club, Lucas DM, and a new audiovisual project which is very bastard pop. That makes me very happy, to work with other artists.
GB: I, for one love your Dubstep vibes on the mash ups you have done, can we expect more of this or even original tracks soon?
VD: I have been working with El Remolon on a couple of tracks, and always I want to produce my own tracks. For me, that‘s the next step, but for now I have too much work with ZIZEK Club and ZZK Records, it‘s hard to find time to produce, but it is definitely the next step, that’s for sure.
GB: Where do you see yourself in another 5 years time?
VD: In Buenos Aires, maybe writing a book or making a band, I wish I could sing!
GB: If there is one thing you would like to say to the world, what would it be?
VD: “We think we´re ready to live our best moments. You know?
But it is better if we are happy”. (Victoria Mil)
GB: What is your favourite blog (wink, wink) and why?
VD: I am not going to say Generation Bass, because you already know I read it every single day and I download everything they upload. But I have more than 100 favourite blogs that I check every 15 days, to be up to date with the music that goes around.
My favourites are Taringa.net, Hypem.com because they concentrate on a lot of information. Generation Bass, Chrome Kids, Bassjam, Dutty Artz, Ghetto Bassquake, Cooliado, Mad Decent, Masala, Mudd Up, Mugre, Puritan Blister, Syntheticrocks, wayneandwax and unknown music are also a selection of my favourites.
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I WOULD JUST LIKE TO THANK VILLA SO MUCH FOR GIVING US SO MUCH OF HIS TIME FOR THIS INTERVIEW, WE LOVE YOU MATE
“One day Daleduro came to me and said, listen to this… And a whole new cosmovision of dance forms became present with all those fat bass tones and a heavy rhythm style out of post-nuclear Jamaica. Dubstepism is getting closer to Latin America with some reggaeton folksteps brought down to Dubstep rythms.
The only contemporary music genre that I could see getting born, devoloping, and probably dying. All of this information that makes me in Buenos Aires try to understand a cultural movement that is developing on the dancefloors of London and all of these gigabytes of music was given to me by Daleduro, my best dealer”
01-Villa Diamante – Tonolec vs Kromestar
02-Villa Diamante – Doña María vs Ital Tek
03-Villa Diamante – Intoxicados vs Kromestar
04-Villa Diamante – Daleduro vs Calle 13
05-Villa Diamante – Benga & De La Guetto feat Randy
06-Villa Diamante – Skream vs Gallego
07-Villa Diamante – Scuba vs Alexis & Fido
08-Villa Diamante – Eloy vs Mbz
09-Villa Diamante – Ital Tek vs Jomar
10-Villa Diamante – Daleduro vs Jahcoozi
11-Villa Diamante – Juana Molina vs Benga
12-Villa Diamante – Lykke Li vs Martyn
13-Villa Diamante – Daleduro vs Lady Tigra
DOWNLOAD ROCK AR HERE
“With an unconditional and fucked up love for all of Argentinean rock, this is just a tiny sampling of all the disks that I’ve been collecting through Taringa.net. Many were in the form of old cassettes, vinyls, and scratched CDs, and some I had read about how they existed and as a vice I started compiling all of the records I loved from Argentinean rock”.
01-Villa Diamante – Victoria Mil vs Clipse
02-Villa Diamante – Charly Garcia vs Busta Rhymes
03-Villa Diamante – Los Encargados vs Big Boi
04-Villa Diamante – Abuelos de la Nada vs Old Dirty Bastard
05-Villa Diamante – Plastilina Mosh vs Mike Jones
06-Villa Diamante – Babasonicos vs Crime Mobb
07-Villa Diamante – Antonio Birabent vs Fergie
08-Villa Diamante – Adrian Cayetano Paoletti vs Jurassic 5
09-Villa Diamante – Sumo vs Clipse