Vinny Villbass Q&A

Welcome to Magazine Sixty, Vinny. Your new single, Trust is released on Oslo label: badabing diskos. Tell us about what the tracks title means for you?

Thanks. «Trust» is an interesting thing. One thing is the importance of trust between people, both geopolitically and socially. But one question that has become equally important after the isolation during the pandemic is: Do you trust yourself? Who are you as a person without the collective safety net? And do you need to trust yourself in order to trust others? Trust is quite a rabbit hole if you have too much time thinking about it.

The title is my hope for a little bit more «Trust» in this world. It’s a fine thing!

You also provide the vocals, how important do you think words are in Dance Music given the amount of instrumentals around?

This track was made in the darkest time of the pandemic, so this vocal is more a scream for help and anti-social frustration (HELLO… IS ANYBODY OUT THERE), then any (if any) importance of including words in dance music. But I definitely mean that vocal in club music should be more on the poetic side than some kind of concrete meaning. The meditative part of dance music is fragile, so better to leave it up to the clubber to define an actual meaning to the lyrics. Also, the voice is the most intense instrument that we have, so it should only be used with love and care. Not sure this scream for attention is though, so you are more than welcome to skip to the instrumental version.

The label was set up this year and this is the third release. How have you found the experience so far? Have you discovered any particular positives or negatives to running your own label?

I have been involved in a few labels thru the years, and there are 2 important things running your own:

  • You don’t have to wait forever and ever to get the tracks out.
  • You can involve your favorite people and create a collective of likeminded.

We are already a colorful bouquet of house music enthusiasts in Oslo releasing on badabing.diskos in near future, and playing at our monthly badabing nights thats been running for 10 years. Sommerfeldt, Frifot, diskJokke, Boblebad, LAFT, Sounds of the Suburbs, etc..

Talk us through how you produced Trust. Do you start with a single idea or can it be inspired by something outside of music? Do you have any favourite pieces of software / hardware you like to use?

I am very analogue when I produce. I don’t use sequencers and play everything by hand on my synths to get a human groove to it all. I usually start of with creating a loop of synth layers that should sound warm, but also driving. After that I start filling in with drums sounds and percussive synth sounds that enhance the groove. Then I layer out the structure of the track and start with the details. Well, for this track anyway. I try to do it differently every time. Repetition has never been my strongest side. I enjoy detailed changes over time.. It is way too much boring loops in club music these days. But luckily you have people like Four Tet, Bonobo, Bicep etc pushing boundaries of sound collages.

How would you describe the club scene in Oslo? Any recommendations for bars, restaurants to visit also?

Oslo is still a very small city, but a lot has happened the last 5 years. Its turned more international in many ways, with its fantastic restaurants, food courts, bars and cafe’s. But the clubs are still very restricted by governmental laws about closing hours and alcohol restrictions. We might be the only country in the world where we have governmental nightlife spies going undercover to make sure the clubs follow the rules. I definitely think that a government undermines people’s ability to develop their own moral if you introduce too many unnecessary laws. In that sense I do miss Berlin and the community-driven freedom aspect you experience there.

Outside of club music what are your most important influences/ (any painters, writers etc)

Nature expands my senses. I love to be at my 300 year old cabin in the mountains and smell the fresh air, feel the wind in my face, while practicing some meditative outdoor carpenting.

How do you see the future in terms of how artists, musicians will be able to make money regarding streaming etc?

The club and concert scene is going to be more local in the future. More local residencies on clubs, which makes sense also in an economical way, because you reduce the unnecessary costs of flights, hotels etc.. and the impact on nature. So stay true to your local crowds!

When it comes to selling music, bandcamp and new sites alike are going to take over for todays horrible income distribution from sites like spotify. SHAME! And also, the best labels today earn more money on selling merch online than on music. So watch out for badabing coffee mugz and organic tooth picks.

You play guitar in diskJokke. How did you learn to play and what is your favourite guitar?

Diskjokke is my dj partner since 2000, and when he released his first album, we got our heads together to perform his music like a band. At the moment I could only play «nothing else matters» by Metallica, but luckily we toured enough for me to learn how to play properly.
I bought my Fender Telecaster in Hamburg when I visited to DJ for the Minimal Anders guys in 2010. Loads of fun, I wonder if they are still throwing parties in this super harbour warehouse… 🙂

Tell us about your involvement with Osloclubcast and the importance of radio in 2022?

I started OsloClubCast back in 2012, as a promotional channel for the Oslo club scene, first internally in Oslo, but the later years thru international concert videos to promote Norwegian club music. I now run OsloClubCast together with my man Daniel Vaz, and we have a youtube channel with more than 50 000 views. So the importance of radio is still huge, but FM transmitters has been replaced by youtube, soundcloud and spotify playlists.

People need music more than ever. The importance of a hug has never been more relevant. So please go out, dance, hug your friends, and find your inner rhythm. This is why our slogan for the badabing club nights is: «Come alone, come together»

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Bill Evans Trio: The Legendary Bill Evans Trio – él Records

It’s easy to talk Jazz. That free flow of emotion dancing across the keys, the particular notes struck with quiet intensity by the bass player, the timely accentuating shuffle of drums speak of life in times past and present like no other language. As you listen to Bill Evans play the piano time flies like the sound of yesterday. Like tomorrow is yet to happen. Committing some of the finest music (and that’s period) to vinyl the Trio’s output is neatly captured here on this latest release from the excellent él Records.

You can hear the echo of Bill Evans all over Miles Davis, Kind of Blue as his signature motif embarked on the journey that led to this unparalleled collection of five albums including, for me, the masterful Sunday Night At The Village Vanguard recorded in 1961. Featuring the exquisite bass playing of Scott LaFaro alongside drummer Paul Motion there is both an intensity and lyricism in the playing that is unparalleled to some degree. You can feel minds ticking anticipating the next notes to be executed but always in tight synchronicity as sounds collide elevating rhythm, mood and the expression of what it is to be human. It’s a brilliant live recording that captures every brush, pulse and run on the strings as if, only you had been there. When you think of what was happening elsewhere in popular music Jazz then seems all the more rebellious like the untold story. No wonder the Beats where inspired by the very sound of it all.

Release: May 6
buy https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/bill-evans-trio-the-legendary-bill-evans-trio-3cd

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boycalledcrow – Wizard’s Castle – Waxing Crescent Records

Another remarkable record of our times despite being released digitally and on its polar opposite cassette from the Chester based artist boycalledcrow. Some seventeen compositions occupy the space between intrigue and wonder where you start to think just how did he came up with that idea for creating this piece of music. Inspired by Leeham’s Spellbook, who is also the artist in residence for the label, one of the various reasons I love this in particular is that you have no idea what is going to happen next. An excellent proposition in these days of boring, predictable nostalgia and clockwork timescales. I’m not going to bother you with in depth descriptions of each track because they are hard to pin down, let alone put into coherent words, as each lives a life of its own. Again like music should be. A conversation with yourself donated by the mind of sonic inspiration. Thrilling.

Release: May 6
https://boycalledcrow.bandcamp.com
https://waxingcrescentrecords.bandcamp.com

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Vinny Villbass – Trust – badabing diskos

Vinny Villbass – Trust – badabing diskos

Anyone who names their record label badabing diskos is fine by me. I guess the implicit implication of Trust here is what you’re listening too as this tastefully crafted piece of music proudly testifies. You can tell where Vinny Villbass’s heart is by the telling influences which inform the production, although this is driven by an obvious desire to push music forwards as this heady combination of voice, melodic touches and sheer dancefloor punch prove. Complimented by a charming Instrumental highlighting all the chiming energy too you will find the repeat button comes in handy.

Release: May 6
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Rosanne Erskine – Fading Away EP – Ramrock Red Records

Sunshine brings out the most colourful memories. Connecting the dots of imagination with all the best bits life has to offer. Songs do that too and this soulfully charged number has all that to give. Combining an emotional rollercoaster of happy/ sad this collection of drifting melodies feels perfect for the warmer weather accompanied by a stroll of poignant piano and rousing strings. Remixes come from North Street West who channel primetime Frankie Knuckles into a riot of emotion lifting thoughts to heavenly climes. Go listen.

Release: April 29
Buy https://ramrock.bandcamp.com/album/rrr028-rosanne-erskine-fading-away-ep
https://www.facebook.com/RosanneErskineMusic

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Manuel Tur – Love Me Well EP – Freerange Records

Capturing the essence of uplifting this smooth combination of classic, filtered piano and breathy vocals works notably well, just as you would expect from Manuel Tur. Love Me Well sounds timeless in so far as the feelings it creates, although in other hands this formula could seem a little tired, however the producer gets it just right balancing past and present with an imaginative production that ignites smouldering bass alongside understated drums, plus a heavy dose of atmospheric release. Paperasse (below) follows suit via crisper tones with hints of smoky melodies evoking an equally mood enhancing piece of music that if anything is even more captivating than the title track. Leaving the robust low-end of Touch Move to channel 1980’s Chicago into future moves that prove to be both energised and tastefully introspective.

Release: April 29
Buy https://manueltur.bandcamp.com/album/love-me-well-ep
https://www.freerangerecords.co.uk

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Pluhm – Canzoni Di Buio E Luce – Subexotic

It eventually gets to the point of no return. Where you wonder how to progress describing music beyond the usual clutch of words. Perhaps that is like Lucio Leonardi’s thought process for Pluhm where he pulls ideas from deep inside of himself while revealing something new-born in the process.

Reflecting a deeply personal approach, almost a spiritual one given the church like organ you can witness on occasion while the twists and turns of unsuspecting piano treatments jump between heart-warming and then dangle on the edge of reason. The album plays like a fascinating simulation of sights, sounds and belief systems that are all at once engaging. Like layers of ideas peeling themselves apart under cover of intense light and brooding darkness as moods are enhanced or quietly questioned by an array of dazzling keys, pads and atmospheric drones. At this point I have ran out of words. The music has taken over.

Release: April 29
Buy https://subexotic.bigcartel.com/product/canzoni-di-buio-e-luce-pluhm
https://www.facebook.com/pluhm.drone

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Tungusku – Direction Of Travel – Before I Die

Direction of Travel feels as much a statement of intent as it does the title to these wonderfully jazzy pieces of music. Opening what will hopefully be the first of many releases from Jason Boardman’s label this collection of five tracks equals the type of musical communication which isn’t always so readily found these days.

Tungusku aka Phil Ratcliffe (Guitar) and James Defty (Bass) fed an array of diverse influences into the music they create, which is all at once deeply emotional flying free with an eloquence reminiscent to primetime Santana or Hendrix. If music means more to you without strict time structures in place, meaning you prefer a live feeling sequence of moments, then try this. Each number will guarantee a little joy and sunshine in your life.

Release: April 25
Buy https://www.juno.co.uk/products/tungusku-direction-of-travel/867723-01/
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Joey Daniel – Starting Point EP – SiO Records

Starting Point reminds me of Talking Heads. It’s that tough yet funky bassline, impulsive percussion and those informed keyboard stabs all adding up to hip, world referencing sounds which feel very much alive and full of fast energy. Launching his new imprint and more besides the second number Show Up reveals no let-up in tempo while retaining a uniquely rhythmic approach. Compounded by the creative use of synthesizers adding a touch of soul to the otherwise rigorous beats plus fiery bass attack each track commands its own definitive space. Leaving the deeper Dark To Dawn Mix to highlight those distinctive keys once again alongside the more atmospheric elements for your pleasure.

Release April 15
Buy https://www.beatport.com/release/starting-point-ep/3707562
https://www.facebook.com/joeydanielofc

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We Are The Children Of The Sun compiled by Paul Hillery – BBE Music

This is a beautiful listen highlighting perfectly the intrinsic value within music to inspire and to console. Chosen by DJ Paul Hillery this collection drifts aimlessly through hints of Folk to psychedelic impulse while always remaining true to human touch. In a sense it doesn’t get better than the opening number Make Believe by Jim LaMarche, Theresa Moylan and Music Industry Arts but maybe that’s just my thoughts of sunshine inspired ideals. The proceeding songs then offer up a varied selection of breathy horizontal moments to charge the slumber of your own imagination with. Tempos occasionally rise such as on the jazz-funk inflected Phase Dance from Ron Drago and likewise Fear of Flying via Philip John Lewis. Aside from that much introspective melancholy is explored as evidenced by Alex Crispin on his Tim Buckley referencing Effert, so if that ticks boxes for you then you’re in luck with this hot compilation of easy drifting sounds. It feels like the majority sentiments of most titles exist somewhere along the timeline between the late sixties to perhaps the seventies but who knows exactly where and when…

Release: April 15
buy https://orcd.co/childrenofthesun
https://www.bbemusic.com/downloads/we-are-the-children-of-the-sun-compiled-by-paul-hillery/
https://paulhillery.co.uk

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