Steven Vegas is an incredibly prolific big room producer who has had an incredible year. Working his way up with releases on MOI Records, Nik Cooper, Quartzo Records, EDMR.TV, and Bonerizing Records, Steven Vegas has now had a whopping nine releases on Revealed Recordings. At Revealed Night at ADE, his documentary was release that detailed where he came from. To summarize, he was born and raised in a remote village in Venezuela. He stumbled across EDM in a nearby town that was selling CDs of Tiesto's Club Life. He listened to it on the drive back and was instantly captivated.
You covered some of your backstory and journey so far in that fantastic documentary that was shown at Revealed Night at ADE. What was the process like for you in creating that documentary and how did you feel when it was finally shown?
Everything started after "Caribbean Bass" was released. After that track, I kept sending more demos and each one of them got signed. I eventually caught the attention of the label manager, Sebastien Lintz, and he said he wanted to do a Skype call with me to know learn more about my background. When we had the call and I told him about myself, he said he found it very inspirational and wanted to make a documentary about me. He wanted it to demonstrate that hard work pays off in the hopes of inspiring other producers in the process. Seb got in contact with a filmmaker, Carlos Arellano, and we started to film everything. The whole process took about a week of shooting and a few weeks to edit. When they showed me the final proced, I was just shocked and motivated to keep getting better and deliver on the promises I made. I know that with my history, I can inspire more people and even help them pursue their own dreams. There are so many producers who are in the same position or even worse ones that I was in and so I hope that the documentary inspires them to keep pushing forward and working harder.
There's just a lot more freedom when you're not following rules or patterns and just doing what feels right for you. In the beginning, it was hard to get some ideas or good melodies for a track, but now, I manage my time much better. I am still experimenting new ways to get new ideas and improve my workflow to push out tracks quickly.
There was an EDM Reviewer article written about you and your music growing a bit similar to each other. What's your response to the article and what types of releases can we expect to see from you in the future?
I saw it and I liked it. I agree that my style is kinda similar to the old Kura style with this tribal big room stuff. However, I think that each of us have those little touches that makes our tracks discernable from one another. In my opinion, Kura is more big room and jungle and I can say that my style is more of a fusion between moombahton and big room. I actually call my style "Moombahroom." Nowadays, the music is changing a lot and if I want to keep up the pace, I have to adapt to the current climate. This doesn't mean that I'll change my sound, but it is true that I'm experimenting with new styles. For example, imagine a progressive house coming from me, or a future bounce or house track with my spin on it. I think that something like that can be a real game changer and that's what I'm working on right now. Something different and unique while maintaining my signature sound.
I'd like to take a brief detour from music and ask about your life outside of the industry. Can you tell us about what you're up to outside of the studio?
I was studying engineering but I quit university to focus fully on my music. I'm autodidact and try to learn something new about music everyday. The internet is a big tool for that. In terms of my personal life, I recently moved out of Venezuela where the situation there is really bad to go to Chile and since then, everything has been better. It was a rough transition to uproot my life and it was hard to stay focused, but it's all worked out for the best. Right now, I'm giving classes on production to a couple of students here in Chile as well as online. In my free time, I try to stay physically healthy by running everyday and going to the gym. It's important for me as a producer because if I didn't take the time to go outside, I would be spending way too much time seated at my computer. Right now, I'm planning to study audio engineering and pursue that career as well!
Whenever you're alone, sometimes you tend to overthink things and so she helps me stay level-headed. A fun fact is that on January 1st, 2017, I told her that I want to get signed on Revealed and every week after that, she was encouraging me to see that goal through. It's good to have the right person beside you, but if you're alone right now, take care of the people around you.
A huge thank you to Steven Vegas for taking the time to answer our questions! Be sure to follow him on social media for his latest releases and updates!
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