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For Villahangar’s MusicInTheAir today we still have a new artist for Villahangar this time stationed in Milan: Vice Luna, Mexican artist, endless explorer. He was born in San Luis Potosi, a city in the middle of Mexico but soon he moved to Puerto Vallarta, a beach town in the pacific where he grew up. He has always been a nomad, for the past years he has lived in different places but now he has been living in Milan for three years.
Vice Luna defines himself as an infinite explorer, constantly looking for spiritual musical encounters thanks to the spices of neo-psychedelic guitars and space synths, a selection of eclectic sound and cultural influences.
His music has flowed in abstract directions since he started, exploring different instruments and ways for expression: his early beginnings come from 60’s rock, heavy riffs and lysergic strings, to then explore into more progressive beats, melodic lines and deep grooves.
Regarding his musical style today, he says: “60’s & 70’s rock is my forever influence, it is pretty much what got me into music, but such as the downtempo and organica movement in the past years but as well progressive and melodic techno play an important role in my influences”. He adds: “I’ve been evolving a lot in the past years and I have to say that my journey in Europe and of course Covid, has definitely shaped my musical identity. I stick to my musical bases of rock & blues but I try to blend it with a deep organic sound and with some subtle influences of progressive”.
Regarding the labels, Vice Luna worked directly with Mandarina Records and Hupupa Records: so far he has mainly released his music only independently.
About the releases instead, he has an EP and some singles scheduled to release in the next weeks and months, while his latest release was the remix for Makossa’s song “Infinitum” on Hupupa Records.
You recently came to Italy, can you tell us how and why you decided to stay in Milan?
I came to Milan because my mother has lived here for some years now, so she invited me to have a long vacation in Italy and then things changed in a strange positive way.
I can say that Milan kinda forced me to stay due to Covid. I had intentions to come back to Mexico on february 2020, but by that time Covid was starting to become a serious thing so I rather stayed here with my family and then the city made me fall in love with it.
What were your most recent projects and what projects are you part of?
Lately I’ve been collaborating with a bunch of friends and talented artists, like Sinai, Dan Buri, Antonio (AR), Don Jongle, to name a few, always with my own project as Vice Luna. Last year I also started with some friends a fun project called “Los Bandidos” a psychedelic electronic cumbia group that we left on stand by due to lack of time.
What can you tell us about your remix of Blond: ish Abracadabra?
It’s a crazy fun story, I worked on that remix together with my wife Play Eva for a contest on a platform called Metapop that held this competition. After a few months we never had any update about the results of the competition. One day I had an invitation to play at a festival in Albania but weeks later I recieved news that I couldn’t go due to external problems, that same day, discouraged because I couldn’t go to the festival I got an email telling me that we had won.
What can you tell us about your residence at The Sanctuary Milan, new super cool destination of the Milanese nightlife?
My collaboration with The Sanctuary was born from determination, the establishment was on my radar even before I got in Italy, as soon as I knew they were opening in Milan I got in touch with them and soon was born a long term collaboration.
What do you think about the milanese electronic music scene? What do you think are the differences with Europe and with the rest of the world?
I’m short in words when it comes to describe Milan’s music scene, since unfortunately I got here pretty much in the middle of a pandemic that blocked me from living the full experience of night life and the musical scene as it was before Covid, but I can admit that the scene in Milan has a lot to offer and is under fast development.
What are your plans for the present and the immediate future?
Right now I want to keep myself open to work on more collaborations with other artists, I’m also perfectioning my live performance and I’m planning to make an album out of it for the next year.
01. Paax (Tulum) – Menduda / Scorpios Music
02. Vice Luna – The Palace / VH – Unreleased
03. Serkan Eles – Mabviro (Headwater Remix) / NCTRNL
04. AmuAmu – Ozymandias (Kyrill & Redford Remix) / Cosmic Awakenings
05. Jean Hayat, Emrat – Pandora / Harabe
06. Rapossa – Awake & Fly / Sirin Music
07. Vice Luna – Bring Your Light / VH – Unreleased
08. Dandara – Different / Kamai Music
09. Sound of Mint – Ya Sidi (Saint Evo Remix) / Madorasindahouse Records
10. Guy Laliberte, Soul Of Zoo feat. Tina Guo, Delaram Kamareh – I Really Like Banana / WAF Records
11. Alex Twin – Shine On You / Bercâna Music