This week we speak with Retrovision, an internationally celebrated producer and DJ from France, who’s music has been played at some of the biggest electronic festivals in the world (DC Las Vegas, Ultra Music Festival Miami and SiriusXM) and has received support from the likes of Don Diablo, Alan Walker, Tiesto and Martin Garrix. At just 21 years of age, Retrovision is quickly becoming a giant in the EDM world!
What made you initially want to start creating music? Where did it all start?
When I was a child, I’ve been playing a game called “Music” on my Playstation where you could make music. I’ve always been interested in creating my own tracks and so I downloaded Fl studio and then switched on Ableton few years later.
Tell us about your new single “Cake”?
I actually wanted to make something different, something other than just “future house” because I know I can do different things. So I started recording some funny vocal chops by myself about a meme video on Youtube you can find as “mmmm so tasty” and then got some ideas about the chords and melodies I could make on that track. Everything went really fast and that was exciting to make!
Your music has been played at some of the biggest festivals in the scene, such as EDC in Las Vegas and Ultra Music Festival Miami to name a a couple… tell us about how that happened?
I think it all started with Alan Walker when I sent him a bootleg of his track “Alone ” which is now my track “Get Down”, but also Don Diablo always played my music everywhere, for more than a year now. Sometimes I don’t even send my tracks and people still play it thanks to the labels promo. It’s so nice to see all the support around my music lately, that’s really amazing!
What does your job consist of on a day to day basis?
I usually wake up, do some random things and start my computer, then I mostly go on Ableton, try to get some new ideas for existing projects or start a new project and if I have no ideas then I play video games on the same computer so I can quickly go back to Ableton if I catch some melodies/chords or anything else in my head. I don’t like to force myself to produce because then it wouldn’t be made with love.
What do you enjoy most about it?
That feeling when you finished a sick track and you’re jumping around in your room with it full volume!
What do you do when you’re not in the studio or touring (for downtime?)
I actually go out with my girlfriend! I love to travel also, it’s really great to get some new inspiration.
What’s your biggest achievement to date?
I think it was few days ago when I jumped on stage with Don Diablo in a full packed stadium near my hometown to show my next track on his label ‘Hexagon’! Still having goosebumps!
Any tips and tricks that you wish you knew when you started?
I wish I knew how to mix & master my tracks like I do now !
For the readers looking to pursue a career in your field, do you have any advice for them?
Always stay nice to the people around you and keep working hard no matter what happens. It’s YOUR goal! Also, don’t wait on others because they will keep slowing you down and don’t trust people too much.
What do you do then on days when you have no motivation and how do you overcome that?
I actually see my girlfriend and talk about it to her, but if you don’t have a motivating girlfriend you can always find friends to play video games with! There are plenty of funny video games to spend some time with and forget those ‘producer-blocks’ or label rejections!
Do you have any personal tips or actionable advice for success (either in music or life in general)?
Set up objectives every year and try to pass all of them.
Who are your favourite artists at the moment?
Probably Don Diablo, Skrillex (since a long time) and I also love Midnight Kids’ stuff and my friend Bryan.
Any recent announcements and/or upcoming stuff you would like to announce to the readers?
I’m still working on some new music and I have a bunch of tracks ready for the summer, so keep checking out my socials, there is a LOT of music coming out soon. Including some nice official remixes!!