THE BIRDHOUSE 162: Wehbba Interview

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This week on THE BIRDHOUSE, all the way form Brazil, i’m excited to welcome Wehbba in for the guest mix. Wehbba has been putting in work, producing, and touring all over the world for over a decade. He has released two full albums on powerhouse techno label, Tronic, and has had releases on other prominent labels such as, Systematic, Drumcode, 2020 Vision, Knee Deep In Sound, and many more. Wehbba’s unique take of techno, mixes heavy rolling bassline with euphoric synths and melodies. His production skills have caught my attention multiple times, and his music continues to evolve with each track. Check out Wehbba’s guest mix below, and read his questionnaire.

THE REAL

How did your music career get started in earnest?

It was in the early 2000s at a local bar in Sao Paulo, Brazil, called “Botechno”, a hub for many DJs and members of a then very limited electronic music scene. I managed to get a resident spot in exchange for booze and eventually some food, too. 

Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?

I’m from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and though it may not have influenced my music directly, as most of what I listened to in my formative years as a DJ and producer came from either Europe or from the US, the chaotic lifestyle and noisy soundscape might have played a big part in why I chose to listen to what I did (and do). 

How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?

None. I was a dentist before and I quit that to live out of music full time. 

What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?

My messed-up ears, definitely. But one item that has been with me for about 10 years has been the Access Virus TI, and I’ll stick with it until either I or it stops working. 

When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and career wise)?

As a DJ I used to appreciate what Carl Cox and Laurent Garnier did, which was essentially the same thing, with different deliveries: fun, eclectic, energetic music. So, I tried to pick up on their peculiarities and build up on that, but musically I related more to people like Jeff Mills or Dave Clarke or Ben Sims, for instance, but I never really tried to emulate anybody’s career moves, I’ve always screwed up all on my own.

When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?

Through focusing on a perfect diet, lots of meditation, spending more quality time with friends and lots of freestyle experimentation in the studio.

Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?

At a restaurant table, placing my order.

Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?

I’ve recently took on a barista course and have been a little obsessed with coffee, and I’m also great at knitting.  

THE REST

Favorite and least favorite colors?

Fav: Red

Least: Pink

Favorite and least favorite words?

Fav: Yes

Least: No

Favorite animal?

Dog 

Favorite board game?

The Game Of Life

Favorite guilty pleasure food?

I never consider setting foot in McDonald’s, so that would be their vanilla ice cream with fries.

Favorite guilty pleasure song?

Scatman John ‎– Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)

German or Detroit techno?

Both

Festival, club or illegal warehouse?

Start at the festival, move on to the club and finish off at an illegal warehouse.

Biggie or Tupac?

Tupac

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Neither

Exercise or Netflix?

Netflix