Updated: Apr 7
Belgium born, Melbourne based DJ and producer ViVien takes control of our first milestone podcast. The 10th Arteq podcast see's Vivien delve into 70 minutes of pure electronic joy.
Representing an original sound, curated on both vinyl and CDJ's, ATQPOD010 is a hit, and we thank you ViVien for creating this masterpiece for us. Read more below as we ask ViVien a few questions.
What direction did you take for ATQPOD010?
I went for a long warm up vibe at the beginning then increased the energy with more driving & energetic sounds for the second half with a bit of electro and breakbeat to spice it up. I rarely keep the energy at a constant level, I like mixing things up even when recording a mix at home.
What did you use to record the mix?
I use a PLAY Differently Model1 mixer with four channels coming from Traktors which are controlled by two Allen & Heath Xone:K2 controllers. I also use Maschine on a fifth channel to add drums which are going through through Ableton with some extra effects.
Tell us about the Vivien sound.
I think my sound is constantly evolving. At the moment I am really into raw and organic sounds. I like to add layers such as stabs/melodies and more tribal drums to add some groove. Having some African background, those groovy percussion is something I really like. It gives some warmth to a mix.
You produce music, what's coming up for Vivien in the studio?
Even though my last release ’Swift’ came out in December, I haven’t made much music for a while. Since the end of 2019, I’ve focused on changing the way I play. I wanted to play in a way that would give me more freedom, more options and ways to shape the sound of a track. That’s why I have put the music production on the side and practiced a lot this with new way of playing — Using Traktor, Maschine, the Xone controllers and now the Model1.
I’m pretty happy with how it’s laying out and with the workflow overall. There is always some tweaks and adjustments to be made, samples to edit and all that. It’s very exciting as I now refocus on my music production which seem to have benefited from the way I play now.
What inspires you to do what you're doing?
I love problem solving and learning in general. And the fact that music is an endless learning journey is exciting to me. There is always something to learn, which I enjoy then sharing to people either at gigs or during my live sets on my Facebook page.
For the DJing side, I am a bit of a nerd for what’s about technology and I like how some instruments can help improve your workflow. Technologies are changing very quickly and I believe we should make the most of it.