Introducing SANTS, From Sao Paolo PLUS Interview

SANTS is a name you will all be hearing much more of in the coming year/s.  A young producer out of Brazil, this guy has started his journey to spreading his music to the rest of the world with his single Nite Slugs off of his newest album, Low Moods.  This album explores a lower tempo, more chill side of SANTS and while I dig this direction, it cannot be nor should it be obscured that he’s gotten a lot of greatness in his back catalogue.

Below you see two tracks from his newest album (available HERE) as well as two older tunes I’m really fond of.  You will notice a change in style, but you will also notice that with that shift, there is an underlying quality throughout.

The two tunes below from Low Moods, that Badu remix and the older (but still so dope!) Spacejamm’n tune show the percolatin percs and the bass that rumbles the tympanic cavities combine with the synthy melodies and vocal chops to give us a glimpse into the future of this talented producer.  The effortless movement from genre to genre to genre shows an absolute deftness that you might find in a seasoned producer or one of the bigger names.  This quality, above but among others, is what will propel SANTS to that next level.

So give SANTS a follow (Soundcloud, Facebook) check the interview and see where he takes us next.

Nite Slugs by Beatwise Recordings

Waxhole:

Low Moods is a more chilled take on your production. Was this planned or is this just where your inspiration is these days?

SANTS:

I don’t plan. I make music that connects to my reality. It may never sound the same, due to my several mood swings. Haha.I’m into finding nice grooves, beats and synth lines. I love to deconstruct old, new tracks and find their soul. Not saying that “Low Moods” is literally a downer tape, it’s way deeper than that. It’s the soundtrack of living in a big city and dealing with a love and hate struggle caused by it.

Waxhole:

Low Moods is an album that has a lot of different styles. Are these experiments or are they directions you will be producing more in the future?

SANTS:

I think we should always be evolving. With my music, it couldn’t be different. Right now I’m under a serious Brazilian popular music, jazz fusion, post rock and afrobeat bands influence. I’m always trying to learn more and not attach myself to one single genre or music style, always seeking for new artists at bandcamp, soundcloud, old vinyl stores.. You just can’t limit yourself, in any way.

Cloud City by Beatwise Recordings

Waxhole:

The Brazilian scene is alive with trap, beats, juke, and many more genres that can be termed as Future Beats. What is the reception to these styles in the live show environments?

SANTS:

As we know, The Brazilian “Scene” is super mixed, because our country is already culturally mixed, so people are familiar to all kinds of music and cultures. You may find a small “scene” of trap going on, of DnB, of dubstep, experimental music… The thing is, there ain’t no scene. People are always there seeking for a good music/good people environment. So most of these “scenes” may collide into one, during some shows. Today most of the shows organized in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba and more, count with a very diverse DJ/producers line-up. So we’ll find a party that will open with a house DJ/producer, and will end with a trap one (just an example). Therefore, the reception is easy, because most of the people are open to new sounds, and if you’re not really familiar with a new sound, you won’t leave without listening to something that amuses you.

Waxhole:

How did you get your start in producing and who were your biggest influences?

SANTS:

Music was always something present in my life, I grew up listening to Drum & Bass, a bunch of corny 90’s hip-hop, trip hop, R&B artists…you can really notice these in my music, no matter what. So it was just a natural step in my life, to start producing my own.I started making beats in 2007, when I was 15. I downloaded Reason and FL Studio on my PC, kept using both until I found out about new post-dubstep, future bass, all those new sounds that you can’t really label. Then I was solely with my buddy FL. But recently I found my way on Live. Was a struggle back then, but now I understand why Ta-ku, FlyLo and many others are loyal to this one. And about my influences, today I could say Mr Mockwell aka Kaelin Ellis is someone I really look up to. He’s from Florida and makes some dope boom bap beat music. DZA and Kidkanevil too, they made great music on corny shit like trap music. From Brazil, Cesrv, Cybass, Pazes and Psilosamples are producers with a huge influence and authentic style. And Tropkillaz, making a dancefloor kind-of music, but super authentic as well.

Erykah Badu – The Healer (Sants Remix) by SANTS

Waxhole:

What is your studio set-up like?

SANTS:

Dell Inspiron 15z Notebook (nope, not a MAC) running FL Studio and Ableton. nanokontrol 2 controller, traktor audio 10 soundboard.

 

Waxhole:

What’s next for SANTS?

SANTS:

New collaborations, features, singles, EPs. We’ll see. But I confess there’s a lot more to come this year.

 

Spacejam’n by SANTS

Thanks for the interview!!

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