One of the most attractive and stimulating characteristics of some of the labels that are giving the most talk in recent years is that they do not stick to any particular genre, and they know how to navigate like a fish in water between different musical styles. Something very typical of every music lover and music lover, who is unable to rank any genre. An example of this is Goutte d'Or Records, a label affiliated with Cracki Records, to which we can thank Agar Agar, Saint DX or Alma Elste, and where the producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Diogo Strausz presents his first single: "Vuelo de Sagittarius" .
We have had the pleasure of speaking with Diogo, and this has been the result.
Can you tell us a bit about your experience? Where are you from / how did you get into music?
Hello readers at Chromatic Club, thank you guys for having me here.
I’m originally from the beautiful Rio de Janeiro. Now I’m in São Paulo and quite often in Paris.
Music is in my blood because of my dad and I relate to it since forever. From my band as a teenager to my career as a music producer and for the past years as an artist working with Gout d’Or Records, Razor N Tape, Greco-Roman, Far Out Records, Risco and others.
How is your sound evolving? What artists and genres do you like to mix at the moment?
I try not to think in term of genres, for me the dance floor is a place for groove and musicality. The best sets I’ve heard were very eclectic and that mixture helped expand my mind for that moment.
How do you feel your music influences or impacts your listeners?
I try to bring them to a fantastic Brasil, but they’re free to go wherever they feel like :)
What projects are you working on right now? What can you tell us about your last job?
At the moment on a remix for Razor N Tape from Brooklyn to a new artist they recently signed (and I’m quite excited about because he’s from Rio de Janeiro) and mixing a record for indie rock band Holger here from São Paulo.
Where are you and what have you been doing now?
I’m in São Paulo, inside my studio, and I’m literally doing what I mentioned before. Just taking a little coffee break to speak with you guys.
Has that sound changed much in recent years? What is your musical criteria?
Yes, sound must always be changing. Our soul is an infinite source of musical ideas.
What can you tell us about the remixes? What do you admire most about the Yuksek remix?
We just released the Yuksek remix, he’s a reference for me since I was starting out. I admire how timeless he is as a producer and that characteristic translates in the remix he did. We have as well a remix from Mangabey in the record who created this beautiful sunday afternoon jam for the first track “Bota a Cara no Sol”.
Do you feel safe now to play a more experimental sound?
I try not to think that way, the words “experimental” feels overrated sometimes. I prefere freedom then experimentation. Today it’s too easy to be experimental since we have so much access to all sorts of tools. But to free yourself and to free others in the process, even if just for a moment, that’s something big.
We all know that the digital revolution has affected sales, but has it affected creativity?
It definitely did. If you change the medium where the creative process happens you change the rules of the games. It’s like changing gravity or any physical laws. We would need to adapt.
Can you tell us about your present and future projects?
Yes, excited to go to France for a petit tour with my live in April and I will go back there in July to play Macki Festival. Also there’s much more music to come out this year with my Parisian friends of Gout d’Or Records.