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INTERVIEW: Rastronaut

Hi R, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been doing well, mostly DJing out here in Portugal

Can you talk to us more about your latest single ‘Fontes’?

It’s one of the tracks off my new EP ‘Furnas’, that came out on Enchufada in September. I wanted both tracks to really reflect my approach to club music, particularly the blend of styles that I DJ, which is a very hyper mix of bass music with an afro-tropical vibe. I think “Fontes” really reflects that, and is certainly the most club-ready track of the EP.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Well, with me it tends to work the other way around. I usually make tracks without consciously thinking of anything in particular. After making them I start relating them to certain ideas or events, which is what happened with the two tracks in ‘Furnas.’ These two in particular took me back to the Lisbon neighborhood where I grew up, Benfica, and some of the experiences I had back then. Mostly walking around at night in those neighborhoods as a teenager, running around with friends doing stuff you’re not supposed to.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Not yet!

The single comes off your new EP Furnas – why did you name the record after this track in particular?

Furnas is a neighborhood close to where I lived growing up, and it’s a name that I always liked how it sounded. It’s also Portuguese for like a tiny geyser that I don’t really know the translation for.

Why limiting yourself to two tracks?

The two track record thing is kind of a standard in electronic club music, and one I really like. Two club tracks feels right to me.

How was the recording and writing process?

I was just making tracks kind of in the same vibe as Flexx, a track I released on the Upper Cuts series on Enchufada. Really punchy club tracks intended to do damage on the dance floor, but also really simple, loopy and straightforward, almost like club tools. I had a few rough sketches that came out of those experiments, and I showed them to Branko, and together we picked the best two. After that I just had to put on the finishing touches and the EP was ready.

Any plans to hit the road?

Not going on a tour per se but there are a few dates I played to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Enchufada. We’re also doing our bi-monthly Lisbon club night, the Hard Ass Sessions, and we just finished playing some festivals in Portugal as well.

What else is happening next in Rastronaut’s world?

Just running Enchufada with Branko and DJing as much as possible, and start working on a follow-up EP to ‘Furnas.’

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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