You performed an astonishing set last year in Seoul at the Boiler Room event. We were also there, and enjoyed your set the whole time. How did you feel during your play and after?
Ah thank you so much, it means the world to hear that! I loved every bit of it - Seoul is one of my favourite cities and the enthusiasm and open-mindedness of the crowd really put me in a lovely, free mental space of playfulness and enjoyment. The crew that hosted the party was the nicest, and after playing we hung out for a bit with the other DJs too, who all played incredible sets. Someone in the backstage had my album too and asked me to sign, which was a very cute moment that made me feel a real warmth in my heart.
Are there any memorable episodes that you would like to share from your last experience in Seoul?
So many - but i think my favourite was eating army soup with Closet Yi for lunch one day. That soup is my religion I swear - I think about it once a week at least. And I talk about it to my friends in Lisbon almost as often. All the meals were highlights to be honest - we also did BBQ twice which was... unforgettable. It was lovely hanging out with Closet and Bowlcut at SCR and playing a set there, I got a stuffed Pikachu as a present from Bowlcut and it lives in my room with me now. It was dope also to sign Mignon's fannypack and get him to sign the t-shirt I was wearing. Shopping for cute things at line friends with Closet and Naone was also a super fun time, we laughed a lot.
It was very unique that you played a wide variety of music that night, from Techno to almost HipHop. What kind of music did you dig through this time in our INTL mixtape?
Yes! It really felt right to zig zag a lot and take ravers for an emotional ride with me that night, what a feeling. This time I played stuff with imaginative percussive parts, strong synth lines that feel intriguing in terms of sound design, some ecstatic arpeggios too - but it's still in my opinion quite a sunny mix. I included some music off the new Naive compilation - Maria Amor, Gag Reflex and Russell E.L. Butler - and other old and new tracks that speak to me, by Jasmine Infiniti, Azu Tiwaline, Truss and more.
Then where do you think your artistic roots come from?
I think I was kinda lucky to find the artist in me, maybe life sent me that way by means of starting to hate school and the 'system' and the idea of getting a job and working 9-5 until I retire. But to be honest ever since I was a kid I was obsessed with music, writing and drawing, later with photography too... I think I'm prone to experimenting and having fun with things, not taking life too seriously - and that's a great breeding ground for art. Putting music out into the world feels really exciting and necessary to me - Naive started out as a means to do that independently and pick and choose according to a necessarily ever-changing sonic vision with the common thread of friendship and spontaneity - all the releases are by people i've come to make friends with and whose music touched me and excited me.
You're also well known not only as a DJ, but also as the founder of label 'Naive'. You must have been busy enough to focus on the tour side for the past few years, so it made us curious what is your motivation for releasing other artists' works to the world?
Putting music out into the world feels really exciting and necessary to me - Naive started out as a means to do that independently and pick and choose according to a necessarily ever-changing sonic vision with the common thread of friendship and spontaneity - all the releases are by people i've come to make friends with and whose music touched me and excited me.
Are there any releases from Naive that you would particularly introduce to your fans?
Perhaps the latest compilation is a good place to start - 100% of all sales will be donated to anti-racist causes forever and it showcases almost all artists that have released on naive and naivety so far. The music in it is really important to me, it includes some of my favourite cuts of recent times. Other than that, both naive and naivety's releases are all tied as my favourites - i couldn't pick one if I tried I think!
Lastly, since we're spending a lot more time indoors, is there any fresh music or movement in the scene that you've discovered lately that you would like to share with us?
I'm constantly flabbergasted at music coming from Brazil - I copped this comp from Tormenta, a label from São Paulo, recently and it features really great stuff. White Prata is one of my fav artists and her track in this release is banging. Vasquez is another favourite from São Paulo. Here in Lisbon i'm constantly in awe of the output from the Troublemaker Records artists, can't put my finger on it genre-wise which is a perfect feeling. Danykas from Lisbon has recently put an EP called 'Dina de Brava' which is flawless - her and Satélite make really exciting tracks.
Translation by Closet Yi