Eclectictalk cu Sun Glitters

Victor Ferreira aka Sun Glitters este un artist luxemburghez care face, dupa parerea noastra, muzica electronica de calitate. Cu ocazia mini turneului din Romania l-am cam luat la intrebari.

E: Buna Victor!
Ma numesc Andrei si colaborez cu EclecticFM, unde incercam sa promovam muzica electronica de calitate. Multumesc pentru timpul acordat si ne vedem curand.
V: Buna baieti, ce mai faceti? Sper ca bine! Multumesc frumos pentru sprijin si da ne vedem curand!
E: 1. Cand ti-ai decoperit vocatia pentru muzica si cum?
V: Comparativ cu alti artisti eu am inceput foarte tarziu sa produc muzica…Am inceput ca DJ la petrecerile pe care le organizam cum prietenii pe cand aveam 18 ani. Primul meu instrument a fost un microfon de pe vremea cand faceam rap cu un prieten. Dupa perioada aia a venit o relatie cu chitara bass si activitate si cantari alaturi de trupe de rock. Primii mei pasi catre muzica electronica au fost in 1996 sub psedonimul “sug(r)cane”.
E: 2. Ce ai studiat la scoala? Cum ti-a schimbat asta perceptia si cum iti folosesti intructia de atunci acum in muzica?
V: Studiile mele au mers intr-o directive complet diferita fata de ceea ce fac azi. Am studiat arhitectura dar niciodata practicat…Primul meu job real a fost timp de 8 ani intr-un magazine de muzica, o experienta grozava tinand cont de ceea ce fac azi, pentru ca am descoperit o gramada de stiluri musicale care m-au influentat sa incep sa produc si cant muzica. Am mai lucrat 5 ani ca graphic designer si inca mai fac grafica pentru anumiti client si artisti…
E: 3. Cum este viata in Luxemburg? Atat cultural, muzical cat si politic?
V: Viata este foarte buna in Luxemburg, in special pentru oamenii care au copii. Dar nu totul este la fel de usor precum oamenii cred! Din punct de vedere cultural totul a inceput sa se schimbe intradevar prin 2007 si din acel punct a crescut exponential. Din perspectiva muzicala nu este foarte usor sa iti dai cu parerea pe bune. Pentru mine, am avut si inca avem artisti foarte buni care produc muzica de calitate! Desigur ca scena este foarte mica si sunt foarte putine locuri unde poti canta. Din punct de vedere politic nu cred ca sunt ce-a mai potrivita persona de intrebat…
E: 4. Cum este viata pe drum in turneu? Care sunt cele mai placute amintiri ale tale?
V: Viata in turneu este ceva grozav! Am avut norocul sa vizitez tari in care nu as fi ajuns niciodata daca nu faceam muzica…Singurul lucru deranjant este faptul ca solitudinea nu este intotdeauna usoara si de fiecare data cand lipsesc mai mult de 2 zile mi se face dor de familia mea pe care o ador!
E: 5. Cu ce se ocupau bunicii tai? Ti-au influentat cumva muzica si ceea ce faci acum?
V: Bunicii mei? Din pacate acum mai am doar o bunica. Dar sa stii ca bunicii mei au trait toata viata lor in Portugalia si eu aveam ocazia sa ii vad numai cand mergeam in vizita de Sarbatori. In mod clar insa m-au influentat in muzica pe care o fac, chiar daca nu direct. Muzica mea este o muzica simtita, si pentru mine, eu au o dedicata o mare parte din aceste sentimente.
E: 6. Ai ascultat pana acum muzica romaneasca electronica? Sau orice fel de muzica romaneasca?
V: Da normal. Primele mele concerte in Romania, pentru ca am mai fost si in Bucuresti, Iasi si Cluj au fost experiente placute. Primul nume care imi vine in minte este Av Satellites si show nostrum impreuna din Iasi. Ca sa imi aduc aminte de toata lumea ar trebui sa caut un pic pe internet, pentru ca a trecut ceva timp. Nu este chiar asa de usor sa retii pe toata lumea!
E: 7. Am observant ca ai niste camarazi muzicieni deosebiti, ne poti povesti un pic despre cum i-ai cunoscut si cum interactionati, daca faceti schimb de sfaturi si sugestii?
V: Da, sunt foarte norocos sa cunosc multi artisti, atat cunoscuti cat si mai putin cunoscuti…De cunoscut i-am cunoscut la intamplare. Intalnirile noastre au fost natural, unele din cauza caselor de discuri sau a propunerilor artistilor insesi. Am fost des rugat sa colaborez si sa remixez pentru diferiti artisti. Pana acum toate colaborarile acestea au fost productive si eficiente pentru ca am ramas prieten cu multi dintre acesti oameni. Des as putea spune ca vorbesc cu Antony de la Isan, discutam mai ales despre tehnici de folosire a benzilor de inregistrare si el m-a ajutat cu partea de masterizare pentru muzica mea. Si cu Derwin cunoscut si drept Gold Panda am discutat mult despre setup-uri live. Sunt foarte multi oameni cu care vorbesc despre asta. Pentru mine acest gen de schimb de idei este foarte important.
E: 8. Ce alte activitati preferi in afara de muzica? Arta vizuala? Pictura, sculptura, desen, cinematografie, arhitectura? Si pentru ca are legatura, cine face superbele coperti pentru muzica ta si designul visual care iti insoseste identitatea?
V: In general toata arta Sun Glitters imi apartine. Este foarte important sa ai controlul asupra identitatii tale. Pe langa muzica sunt multi artisti pe care ii apreciez. De exemplu ca sa mentionez cativa: este video-makerul Ryochi Kurokawa care face niste expozitii foarte bune. Imi plac desenele lui Jon Burgerman. Sunt un fan Kevin Spacey si mai ales al rolului pe care l-a facut in Suspectii de Serviciu. Agentia Non Format este foarte talentat in domeniul designului grafic. Cred ca ar deveni o lista uriasa daca as continua cu toti artistii pe care ii apreciez.
E: 9. Ce parere ai despre Sun Ra? Black Sun Empire? Sun Kill Moon? Empire of the Sun?
V: Singurul lucru pe care il am in comun cu ei este cuvantul Sun, probabil. Stiu numai de Sun Ra, dar nu este stilul meu favorit si cred ca am vazut acum cativa ani filmul Imperiul Soarelui dar nu imi mai amintesc povestea…Scuze!
E: 10. Ai vreun hobby pe care vrei sa il impartasesti cu noi?
V: Imi place foarte mult sa desenez personaje si sa joc fotbal.
E: 11. Ne poti spune 5 artisti pe care ii asculti acum?
V: Ca sa fiu sincer ascult mai multi artisti in momentul de fata! In fiecare zi playlistul meu poate fi complet diferit. Inca ascult multa muzica rock, dar pot sa trec rapid la muzica electronica… Hai sa incerc sa fac aici un Top 5, fara o anumita ordine a preferintei: Limalo, Botany, Gold Panda, Go Dark, Young Magic
E: 12. Care sunt locatiile tale favorite pe internet? Ceva platform muzicale favorite?
V: Soundcloud, Create Digital Music sau Motion, XLR8R, The Fader, The 405, Pitchfork, iFound, (FFFFound!), Soccer Manager, …
E: 13. Care crezi ca este diferenta intre un radio care emite onair si unul online?
V: Pentru mine nu este nici o diferenta, atata timp cat au muzica buna si sprijina artistii, dar in special Sun Glitters!
E: 14. Povesteste-ne un pic despre nostalgie si cum iti influenteaza flow-ul creativ.
V: Exista putina nostalgie in muzica mea. Este un sentiment care apare foarte natural in productiile mele si nu stiu exact cum sa iti explic asta…
E: 15. Cum ai stiut ca primul tau album “Everything Could Be Fine” este finalizat?
V: Albumul acesta este in mod clar unul din varfurile carierei mele in toate aspectele. Si cu toate acestea este unul finalizat rapid. Cred ca nu a durat mai mult de o luna. Am fost foarte inspirat in perioada aia si unele cantece erau gata intr-o singura zi. Mai apar momente de genul ala…Cand am simtit ca este gata nu imi mai amintesc dar stiu ca mi se intampla la fel si azi: Ascult o piesa de mai multe ori si lucrez la ea pana sunt multumit de rezultat!
E: 16. Cum s-au materializat colaborarile de pe “It’s Snowing and the Girls are Singing”?
V: Aveam mai multe piese nelansate si neterminate gata cam in aceeasi perioada in care am lansat “Everything Could Be fine”. Era un fel de colectie de B Sideuri. Asa ca am inceput sa le trimit contactelor mele poate era cineva interesat sa colaboreze cu mine. Cum erau doar vocalist implicate, am decis sa lansez acest disc de Craciun pentru fanii mei!
E: 17. Ne poti spune cateva propozitii despre “Scattered into the Light” si cum reactioneaza oamenii din jurul lumii la acest disc? Am observant ca ai reusit cu success sa il promovezi peste tot prin lume.
V: Daca e sa compar acest album cu primul meu disc, acesta a fost gata intr-un an de zile! De mai multe ori am ajuns in punctul in care eram nesigur de cum suna si de cantece…Cred ca am gresit pentru ca il comparam des cu ce facusem in trecut. “Everything Could Be Fine” si “High EP” au fost niste succese reale si reprezinta un moment important din cariera mea drept Sun Glitters. Intr-unul din aceste momente m-am cunoscut cu cei de la Diverting Duo dupa un concert pe care l-am avut impreuna in Sardinia. Dupa o luna m-au rugat sa le fac un remix si m-am indragostit de vocea Sarei. Am rugat-o sa cante pe una din piesele mele si rezultatul a fost atat de reusit incat trebuia sa o rog sa ma ajute sa termin albumul. Inca stiu ca a fost o decizie corecta!
E: 18. Ce citesti acum?
V: Intrebarile tale! Glumesc!
Nu pot fi un mare cititor nici daca incerc…Dar trebuie sa ma straduiesc mai mult, in special in turneu! Ca sa iti raspund la intrebare, ultimul lucru care imi vine in cap este un roman de Stephen King pe care l-am citit acum ceva timp. Dar nu imi mai amintesc numele cartii.
E: 19. Care este partea ta favorita cand faci un remix? Povesteste-ne cum abordezi lucrurile.
V: Fiecare remix este diferit, deci nu pot sa declar ca am o parte favorite sau o reteta. Ce pot spune insa este ca imi place sa esentializez dupa mai multe ascultari care sunt cele mai importante pasaje sau melodii care ma atrag. Aproape intotdeauna scot toata sectiunea ritmica si adaug tobele si bass pe care il vreau eu pentru remix..La sfarsit intotdeauna este mai degraba o reconstructie a piesei decat un remix.
E: 20. Care era jucaria de care erai cel mai atasat in copilarie?
V: As sustine ca in egala masura Playmobilul meu si colectiile de LEGO!
E: Mult noroc si o zi buna!
V: Bafta si voua baieti!

E: Good day Victor!

My name is Andy and I collaborate with a radio called eclectic FM. We try to promote, as much as
we can, good quality electronic music. Thank you for your time and see you soon.
V: Hi guys, how are you doing? Hope well! Thanks a lot for all your support and yes see you soon!
E: 1. When did you discover your musical calling and how?
V: Maybe compared to a lot of other artists I started very late producing music… I started as a party DJ when I was 18 and we organized parties with friends. My very first instrument was a microphone from the time I was rapping with a friend. After that came the love for the Bass Guitar and I had some great times playing in several Rock Bands. But my first steps in electronic was in 1996 under the Moniker “sug(r)cane”.
E: 2. What did you studied in school? How did it change your perception and how do you use that
training now in music?
V: My studies went completely different from what I’m doing today. I studied architecture but never
achieved and practiced that… My first real job was working for 9 years in a Record Shop and that was a great experience for what I’m doing today, because I discovered a lot of different styles of music that
maybe influenced me a lot for starting playing music live the way I do. I also worked for 5 years as a Graphic Designer and I’m still making even today some Graphic design works for some clients and artists…
E: 3. How is life in Luxemburg? Both culturally, musically and politically?
V: Life in Luxembourg is good especially for people who have children ;). But not everything is easy going as many people think! Culturally, everything started to really change in the year 2007, I guess, and from
this point on it grew up more and more. Musically is not really easy to give a proper opinion. To
me, we had and still have, very good artists producing very good music! Of course the scene is
very small with very few places to perform. Politically I’m sure I’m not the right person to ask… 😉
E: 4. How is life on the road touring? What are your fondest memories?
V: Touring is something great! I had the chance to visit countries that maybe I would have never had the
chance to visit, if it was not for the music… The only thing is, that sometimes being alone is not always
easy, and if I’m away for more than 2 days I’m always missing my lovely family!
E: 5. What did your grandparents used to do? Did they influence your music making somehow?
V: My Grandparents? Unfortunately I have just a Grandmother. For all their lives they were living in Portugal and I had the occasion to visit them only during the Holidays. But of course they influenced me in my music even if not directly. My music is done with feelings, and so for me, they have for sure a big part on it!
E: 6. Have you ever listened to any Romanian electronic music? Or any Romanian music at all?
V: Yes, I played with several great artists some years ago when I first played in Bucharest, Iasi
and Cluj. I especially remember the great show from Av Satellites when we played together in Iasi. I have to go back and surf the internet to remember all the other artists names, it’s been a long time ago.
It’s not always easy to keep all the artists in mind!
E: 7. I’ve noticed you have some special musical peers, can you tell us a bit about how you’ve met
them and how you exchange crafts or skills?
V: Yes, I’m very lucky to know a lot of great artists, both known and unknown… How I met them it’s really randomly. Some of these encounters have happened in a very natural way and some due to labels and requests of the artists themselves. I got asked to remix or collaborate with a lot of people. Up until now all these collaborations went really well and we are still friends. I’m constantly in touch with Antony from Isan and we exchanged a lot of interesting tape recording technics and he made me lots of mastering for my music! With Derwin a.k.a. Gold Panda I’ve also talked a lot about live setups. But there are lots more. For me this kind of ideas exchange is very important.
E: 8. What kind of artistic endeavors do you prefer besides music? Visual art? Painting, sculpture,
drawing, cinematography, architecture? Somehow related to this question, who does the beautiful covers of your music and art in general?
V: In general the Sun Glitters Art is done 99% by myself. It’s very important to keep an eye on your
whole identity. 😉 Apart of music there are a lot of artists I like in all ways! For example, to name
just a few: there is Ryochi Kurokawa, who makes really great video exhibitions. I like Jon Burgerman’s
drawings. I’m a fan of Kevin Spacey as an actor, especially on The Usual Suspects. The Non Format Agency is very good at Graphic Design. And, and, and… I think my list would be huge if I had to name them all!
E: 9. What do you think of Sun Ra? Black Sun Empire, or Sun Kill Moon, or maybe of the Australians from Empire of the Sun?
V: The only common point it’s maybe the word Sun. I only know Sun Ra, but it’s not my cup of tea
and I saw the movie Empire of the Sun but can’t remember exactly the story… Sorry!
E: 10. Have you got any hobbies that we can hear about?
V: I like a lot to draw characters and to play football
E: 11. Can you name us five artists you’re listening to right now?
V: To be honest I listen a lot to several artists! Everyday my playlist can be completely different. I still
like a lot of rock music, but I can switch suddenly to electronic music…
But let’s try to make a top 5 from these last days in no particular order:
Limalo, Botany, Gold Panda, Go Dark, Young Magic
E: 12. What are some of your favorite internet locations? Got any favorite music platforms?
V: Soundcloud, Create Digital Music or Motion, XLR8R, The Fader, The 405, Pitchfork, iFound, (FFFFound!), Soccer Manager, … 🙂
E: 13. What do you think the difference between online and on-air radio is?
V: For me, there is no difference, as long they play good music and support the artists and specially
Sun Glitters!
E: 14. Tell us a bit about nostalgia and how it helps your creative flow.
V: There is a little nostalgia in my music. But it’s a feeling that comes very naturally in my
productions. It’s something I can’t really explain you…
E: 15. How did you know that your LP “Everything Could Be Fine” was finished in a musical narrative
way?

V: This album was definitely one of my best work ever in every aspect. Also it was achieved
very quickly. I think it was done in approximately 1 month. I was really inspired and some songs
were done in just one day as well. There are moments like that… When I felt it was done I can’t
really remember, but I guess it was like it still happens today! I listen to a track several times and I work on it until I’m really happy with the result!
E: 16. How did the collaborations on “It’s Snowing and the Girls are Singing” came about?
V: I had a bunch of unreleased and unfinished tracks that were done at the same period of
“Everything Could Be Fine”. Some kind of B Sides. So I started to send them to some of my contacts maybe they were interested to collaborate with me, and as it was only female vocals, I just decided to release it as a gift for Christmas for my lovely fans! 😉
E: 17. Can you tell us a few sentences about “Scattered into the Light” and how people around the
world are reacting to it? I noticed you’ve been successfully taking it across the globe.
V: Comparing it to “Everything Could Be Fine”, this one took me like 1 year to finish! I was several
times really unsure about the sound and the songs… I think the mistake I made was trying to
compare these tracks to my previews works. “Everything Could Be Fine” and the “High” EP were
a real success, on a very important moment of my career as Sun Glitters. And I think that was the
moment I was always thinking about! But later on, I met the guys from Diverting Duo during a show I
had in Sardinia (Italy). After one month when they ask me to do a remix for one of their songs,
some things happened. I felt in love with Sara’s voice, and asked her to try singing on one of my own tracks.
The results were so great, that I just had to ask her to help me finish the album.
And I think it was the right decision! 😉
E: 18. What are you reading right now?
V: Your questions… Haha, no I’m joking! 😉
I never was into reading books even if I try it… But maybe I should try again, especially while touring! To answer your question, the last thing that comes to mind now, is a Stephen King novel a read a while back.
But I can’t even remember the name of the book… 😉
E: 19. What is your favorite part in remixing a song? Tell us how you approach things?
V: Every remix is different, so I can’t really tell you which is my favorite part because I don’t have a recipe! What I can tell you is that the first part of the process is listening to the original several times and catch the most important parts or melodies… I will also always remove the drums and bass lines from the original song and add my own beats and play my own bass lines… At the end it is more of a rework of the track than a remix. 😉
E: 20. What was your fondest toy as a child?
V: I would say my Playmobil and LEGO collections!