After 3 years of sharing its music for free, Mexican imprint Akumandra gears up for its very first release on vinyl. It was an obvious choice to call upon the label’s head curator, Sainte Vie to endow the milestone. The name of the masterpiece is Estación Inmortal and it was released on January 29. Composed of three originals, Sainte Vie’s music is a prime summary of what it means to hear in a post-genre universe. Today, creativity lies in infinite territory. As Sainte Vie explains, “music has got to a point where all the main music genres have already been created, so now, creativity is based in the way you blend multiple genres together to come up with a particular balance that defines your sound and your musical essence.” Here to tell us more about his EP and the role between music and our physical surroundings is Sainte Vie:
You are of Mexican heritage, but are now based out of New York. How do you find your surroundings influence and shape the music you produce?
There’s no doubt my surroundings influence and shape the music I produce. That is one of the reasons why I moved to New York in the first place. I’m highly influenced by all the cultures that live in this city. As a matter of fact, I’ve never heard so many different styles of music in the same city! From simply walking in the street or taking the subway, I always find new instruments and styles from a variety of countries. It is very inspiring! I’ve collaborated with fantastic musicians I met in the streets of New York.
I composed one of my latest releases “Alhua’” with only instruments and sounds from one of Mexico’s largest rainforest called La Huasteca Potosina.
I’m also highly influenced by Mexican traditional music. I grew up listening to my parents collection of Mexican folklore. For the past few years, I’ve been researching about instruments and music from small communities and tribes located across the country. I composed one of my latest releases “Alhua’” with only instruments and sounds from one of Mexico’s largest rainforest called La Huasteca Potosina.
Estación Inmortal, and all of your releases are filled to the brim with emotion. From where do you draw your inspirations for this particular EP?
I’ve been persuaded by the time that some of my emotions towards a few particular things in my life are never going to change, or go anywhere. So, for my first EP, Estación Inmortal, I wanted to talk about these emotions and try to observe them from a musical perspective, I tried to tell a little bit more about my story. I was inspired by the challenge of putting together all these emotions and ideas and figuring out a way to fit them into a three or four track EP. The result is very melancholic in my opinion, but to me that’s what it’s all about when it comes to music. I am completely fascinated by music’s ability to carry such a strong emotional content.
Your music is described as ‘hearing in a post-genre universe; an auditory epiphany’. Can you walk us through that?
I’ve also been trying to figure that out haha. I actually never said that and I haven’t had the chance to talk to the person who wrote it, but I have a few ideas regarding this quote. I think what this quote is trying to say is that music has got to a point where all the main music genres have already been created, so now, creativity is based on the way you blend multiple genres together to come up with a particular balance that defines your sound and your musical essence.
You are the head curator for Mexican imprint Akumandra – what is the greatest pleasure in running a label? What does the word ‘Akumandra’ mean?
To me, the greatest pleasure in running a label is when you receive a track that totally blows your mind. Then you get all excited and put your maximum effort on the releasing process.
Akumandra is a word I came up with two years ago after I figured our old label name ‘Andante’ was registered already by someone else. I decided to create a name from scratch that would mean nothing but the name of the label. Sometimes I also think Akumandra is the name of the little guy from our logo 😉
Your most recent tour saw you making stops in some fantastic cities like Istanbul, Athens and Dubai. What are some touring highlights that stood out for you?
For this last tour, I decided to play mostly in cities I had never played before. I find it extremely attractive to play for people that come from a completely different background/culture and connect with them through music. I also like to play different cities that are not necessarily the ones with the biggest electronic music scene, I tend to get bored after playing several times in the same city.
I like to play different cities that are not necessarily the ones with the biggest electronic music scene.
My latest touring highlight was Dubai, even though the city itself is not really my type of city, I was blown away by its cultural exchange. The gig had people from all over the world and they were all completely focused on the music, not to mention the sound system was amazing. Another highlight for me in every tour is Istanbul. I’m completely amazed by their culture, their traditions, their architecture, their music and their food. It has become one of my favourite cities! The first time I played there was at a festival called ‘Chill Out Festival’. The organization, the venue and the energy was impeccable. I look forward to playing there again soon!
Estación Inmortal is available for purchase here.