For episode 189, I am excited to welcome rising talent, VNSSA, to the show. VNSSA first grabbed my attention last year and has quickly risen through the ranks to be one of the most exciting producers on my radar at the moment. In 2018, she played her first set at Dirtybird Campout West Coast and last week, she made her debut release on the label with her collaboration “Wavy,” with Steve Darko as part of our Dirtybird BBQ Compilation. Although relatively new to Dirtybird, VNSSA has been churning our tracks over the last year, with releases on Strangelove, Psycho Disco, Sweat it Out and more. With each release her productions become more intricate and interesting. Without a doubt, VNSSA is one to watch moving forward and I am more that happy to have her on this week’s episode of THE BIRDHOUSE. Check out VNSSA’s guest mix and questionnaire below.
How did your music career get started in earnest?
I was always involved in music even as a child. I did orchestra, high school band, band camp etc. I didn’t know I wanted music to be my life until I started playing the drums in bands. After butting heads with my band mates I decided to go solo. That’s when I started djing and fell in love.
Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?
I’m originally from Newport Beach. I grew up surfing and going to the beach everyday. We were all listening to heavy metal, surf punk, and indie rock. I think you can hear that darker side in a lot of my music.
How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?
I wanted to quit a lot of times. There were 2 specific times where I actually almost did, but I’m really glad I didn’t. There are a lot of ups and downs in the music business and it can really put a strain on your mental health. I’m lucky enough to have a lot of supportive friends and family to help me through. Also I don’t know if it’s drive or stubbornness, but that also helps. You have to really want it.
What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?
My Novation Bass Station II 100%
When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and careerwise)?
When I first started producing, I really wanted to make music like Grimes and Rufus. They were really big inspirations to me not just because of their music but also because of their live performances. “Femme Fatale” by Justin Jay and Justin Martin’s “Just Escape” remix were huge inspirations to me as well. That’s when I knew I wanted to make house music. As soon as I have a big enough catalog of my own tracks, I’d like to start playing all my music live similar to Grimes.
When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?
Yoga helps me a lot. It clears my mind and puts me back at ease. It’s like pressing the reset button.
Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?
Behind the decks. In my studio. Or in my bed sleeping.
Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?
I’m like crazy good at the pogo stick. I wanted to break the world record when I was a kid.
Favorite and least favorite colors?
Favorite color Purple or yellow (not because of the lakers) Least favorite Brown
Favorite and least favorite words?
Favorite word Ubiquitous Least favorite Moist
I really love goats
Favorite board game?
Favorite guilty pleasure food?
Favorite guilty pleasure song?
Tarzan Boy by Baltimore it was my most listened to song on Spotify in 2018 and I’m so ashamed of that.
German or Detroit techno?
Festival, club or illegal warehouse?
Biggie or Tupac?
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Exercise or Netflix?
Thinking about exercise while watching Netflix