LABELS:Tronic / Systematic
Wehbba is one of Brazil’s main electronic music ambassadors, having his name featured across the globe on respected labels and party flyers, and has been an active producer for the past decade, having developed a very distinct style, marked by stellar production skills.
His achievements as a producer can be measured by the number of respected artists who he’s worked with over the years, either remixers, remixees or collaborators.
Although notably and actively working with swedish techno stalwart Christian Smith, the list can be extended to the likes of Laurent Garnier, Danny Tenaglia, Robert Babicz, Bushwacka!, X-Press 2, Samuel L Session, Funk D’Void, Valentino Kanzyani, Stephan Bodzin, Joseph Capriati, to name only a few. His productions have been featured on labels like Tronic, Systematic, Bedrock, Soma, Audiomatique, 2020 Vision, Noir Music, Toolroom, Suara and many others.
Hello mate! How Are You? What do you have scheduled for today?
Hello Lars, all good over here. I’m just back from taking the dogs out for a walk, down in São Paulo. Now it’s time for some heavy studio work…
Please tell us a bit about your latest releases!
I’ve been a little quiet this year, as I took a lot of time focusing on writing new original music, rather than working so much on remixes, like I’ve been doing a lot in recent years, and now I have some great new releases coming up which I’m very excited about. My last release was a track called ‘Mechanics of Machines’, featured on Tronic’s ADE compilation, including some words from Derrick May speaking about the e“creation” of techno, really cool stuff
Which release was the one who gave you the most attention so far?
That’s a very tough question. In recent times, I’ve been lucky enough to have a few very successful tracks here and there, like my collaborations with Christian Smith “Second Life” and “Third Floor”, and also our “Mutate” collaboration which was remixed by Kaiserdisco to great effect, not to mention my remixes for Robert Babicz on systematic, Joyce Muniz on Warung Recordings, and Marc Marzenit on Tronic, all of which did really well on sales and were played by an incredible amount of great artists. I believe consistency is what brings the most attention, so I try to keep working hard all the time and hoping to make better music as I go.
Tell us a bit about your upcoming releases! Is there anything special planned in 2016?
I have releases planned on Systematic in November, Tronic Music in December and Knee Deep In Sound in 2016 as of this moment, and I am very happy with these, as they’ve been crafted during a crazy moment of my life and they represent a break from a long hiatus of original, solo releases of my own. I t’s been a long time since I had so many original singles scheduled in a row, all of these releases have an interesting story around them and I’m very excited about what’s gonna come next.
As you are touring a lot, please tell us something about your experience around the globe. What is your favourite city or country and why?
2015 has been a crazy year for me, touring-wise, I’ve been to a lot of countries I’ve never been before as a DJ, and it’s always very inspiring for me. It’s hard to pick a favourite city or country, there are many places I really like, and that’s what keeps it interesting as well, as travelling a lot is really, really hard. I can mention a few highlights of the year so far, like Enter in Ibiza, my tour in Argentina, Hong Kong, Tomorrowland in Brazil, Terraza also in Brazil, Amsterdam, Uruguay, anyways, this just from the top of my head, I might be forgetting some many others as well, sorry!
What was your funniest or craziest experience while touring?
Recently I went to Amam in Jordan for the first time, I had very little time down there and I really wanted to visit the Dead Sea. The gig was really good so we all know how things can get a little intense in those situations. The promoter then organized a trustworthy driver to take me to the Dead Sea, so after I had maybe 2 hours of sleep, the driver actually arrived earlier, and I checked out of the hotel. There were a few cars waiting, and nobody waived or said anything, so I went asking one by one if they were waiting for me, until I found one who said “Dead Sea, yes”, so I figured he was the one and jumped into the car. He didn’t speak a word of English, and he didn’t quite match the description that the promoter gave me of the driver, but I was so tired and confused that I just rode along for a while, until he asked me which hotel I was going to, which really scared me that he might not have been the right one. I freaked out, and since our communication was really limited, I mimed my way around telling him to call the promoter’s number. Luckily he was awake and picked up the phone, and told me that his driver couldn’t make it and sent a trustworthy friend of his , and that it was supposed to be all good. By the time I arrived at the Dead Sea, all I could think of was being at the Airport lounge, so I stepped out of the car, took 1 picture, and asked the driver to take me to the airport, and then he picked a really weird desert road, which wasn’t the same one we came from, and which freaked me out even further, as there was no mobile signal! So after many attempts to reach the promoter, we finally had some signal, and he said that it was fine, that it was a shortcut to make it to the airport faster. It was one of the worst hangover ‘boosts’ I ever had! But all was good in the end and all the people there were so lovely, that all I can think about is going back there asap.
You have moved from South America to Europe. Do you see differences between the club culture?
Definitely, there are huge differences. I feel Europe in general has a much more established club culture, and in South America, despite the huge growth in the past decade, it’s still not quite as diverse and developed. There are amazing scenes like Argentina, for example, where people are really open minded and are able to diggest many different styles all at once, to the same level, so I still like to come quite often to South America and not only witness but also be a part of this growth, while being influenced and inspired by the whole movement in Europe.
What were your TOP 5 gigs so far?
ENTER – Ibiza / ES
Tomorrowland – Itu / BR
Terraza – Florianopolis / BR
Volar – Hong Kong / HK
Insane Partners – Rosario / AR
What are your top 5 tracks that are really working the dance floor in your sets at the moment?
Wehbba – View Of Delft
ANNA – Addiction to Control
Danny Daze – Ready2Go
Aphrohead – Grown Man Cry (Carl Craig Remix)
Christian Smith – Day One
Thank you for your time and this interesting interview!
Interview by Lars
Whitesquare – Can’t Change
Rampa – Newborn Soul
Wehbba – The Red Sun
Harry Romero – Brusko
Wehbba – The Bridge
Jesper Dahlback – Do it Right
Wehbba – Um Den Kern
ANNA – Momentum
Wehbba – View Of Delft
Tale Of Us – North Star
Kaiserdisco – Jet Stream (Christian Smith & Wehbba Remix)
Mathias Kaden – Get Funky (Nick Curly Rmx Dub)
Sebastien Bouchet – Captain Drag