RetroVision is a 22 year old DJ, Producer and Remixer from France taking the electronic world by storm. His original music and remixes have not only been supported by hundreds of thousands of fans online but some of the most well known and respected DJ’s on the planet have recently played his music at EDC Las Vegas, Ultra Music Festival Miami and on SiriusXM. We have also seen playlist support via Spotify from the likes of 360 Dance, Clublife (Tiesto), Dance Party, Electronic Brandneu, Fresh Electronic, Friday Cratediggers, Happy Dance, Hot New Dance, Main Stage, Shuffle Syndrome, Spinnin’ Records Top 100, The Remix Party and The Martin Garrix Show. If that wasn’t enough, Retro has seen continued support from major YouTube and SoundCloud curators with features, premieres and releases on AirwaveMusicTV, Future House Music, GalaxyMusic, House Nation, MrSuicideSheep, NoCopyRightSounds, OnTheHouse, Selected and xKito to name but a few.
What made you get into making music and what was your biggest influence when you started?
I always loved making music even when I was a child, I was playing “Music” which was a PS1 music creation game! My biggest influence is Skrillex for sure, I always loved his stuff since I started making music.
When you look back to your first release – in regards of how you produce and release music, what would you say changed the most since then?
My production techniques! Also I don’t produce the same genre at all (I used to produce trap music back in the days). I learned a lot by watching tutorials so that made my sound evolve and also made it more unique.
You have been supported by major SoundCloud and YouTube curators like MrSuicideSheep, House Nation and others. Do you have some pointers for aspiring musicians about working together with these major curators?
Music curators on YouTube & SoundCloud are a great way to get discovered, especially when you can’t / don’t sign your music on labels already. Some of them also offer label services, but it’s definitely a great way to start and get promoted to a wide audience. It helped me a lot to grow my name.
You’ve talked about how you got into music through a Playstation 1 video game, but a few unanswered questions from your beginning is where you got your name from and at what point you decided that you wanted to be a musician full-time?
I actually got my name pretty randomly! It was the middle of the night and I started searching for a cool nickname I could keep and then came up with this. As for when I knew I would do this full-time, it was seeing how the stats were growing and how my project was taking off and it got to the point where I was confident enough to invest all of my time into it. If things hadn’t worked out, my backup plan was to be a sound engineer but well, I got kicked out of the school because I was working on my own tracks instead of doing homework!
Your growth over the past month and years has been nothing short of extraordinary. What can you say about the mix of originals and remixes that have contributed to this success?
Some tracks and remixes I released worked way better than I expected! For example, last year I self-released a track called “Galaxy” with literally zero promo and it still got over three million streams on Spotify which is insane! Now I have a more serious schedule to follow with original tracks, my management and I are trying to not release too much music so that we can let the tracks breathe. It gives us more time to promote them and focus on each single. Between those tracks, I’ll usually releasing some remixes so that I let the people know that the project is still alive!
Do you have some insights on running a smooth live show?
I have a sort of routine during the soundcheck, I test the Dj decks and mixer, test the booth speakers and even talk with the LJ (Light Jockey), and my tour manager helps me on everything so there is no troubles during the show. We also have a technical rider so the venue is usually prepared for the show already.
When you start a new track – what are the first steps?
It depends! Most of the time I start by writing chords and then add a melody etc… But sometimes I start with a drop idea I randomly get and then I build the track around it.
Name your top 3 software tools for engaging in musical content and let us know why you think they’re awesome!
ForTunes, because your app is freaking awesome! Also Filterloop Pro because it allows me to make quick pictures edits when I’m on a rush, and Spotify For Artists for music stats on the go!
Tell us more about your latest track out on Musical Freedom!
I’m super happy to have finally released my track “We Like To Party”! It’s my comeback track on Musical Freedom and it got so much support from the DJs already! It gets me super excited for this summer!
Of all of the subgenres, I feel like there is an underrepresentation of future house music and artists at EDM festivals and tour schedules. In your opinion, where do you see the genre going as EDM matures?
I think Future House is exploding at the moment as we see more and more artists from that genre playing festivals around the world. It’s still pretty hard for smaller future house artists to get club gigs because it’s such a melodic style. Some of the songs just sound too happy to give that “club” atmosphere, but I think the scene is getting better each day!