Exclusive mix 91: DC Salas

Hot off his well-received The Unspoken LP live premiere, Brussels’ wunderkind Diego Cortez Salas aka DC Salas provides us with this week’s Exclusive Mix. A one-take home-recording made mainly with vinyls copped during his latest diggin’ sessions at Crevette, Doctor Vinyl and OYE Records (Berlin), it’s a concise summary of what’s currently on his heavy rotation. Expect the likes of local talents Lawrence Le Doux, Mirror Minds and Walrus – an illustration of some of Belgium’s finest. Keeping us on our toes till the LP release on June 16th.

Could you describe yourself in a few words?

I’m DC Salas, a 28 year old Belgian DJ and producer. My sound and influences are super eclectic: disco, house, percussions, latino influences. And of course, The Beatles.

It all started more than twelve years ago, when I was hosting a radio show in Brussels at the age of sixteen. This gave me the opportunity to encounter the Brussels electronic music scene from a young age. This show allowed me to get into DJ-ing and music production.

How did you first start making music? How does it fit into your life?

I was once at a friend’s place and his older brother was making some weird electronic music. I watched him doing his stuff on his computer and when I got back home, I downloaded the same software he was working with: Fruity Loops. And so it started.

Is music a full-time thing for you at the moment? If not, what are your other occupations?

My day-job is working as a Social Media Strategist for a digital agency. Digital communication is definitely my other passion. I’m still able manage to do both so I’m happy!

Can you describe the mix in a few words? What is its overriding influence, where would it best be enjoyed, what makes it special?

Similarly to the majority of my sets, this mix contains a lot of variety – it’s kind of a rollercoaster. I get bored pretty easily when playing the same style of tracks for too long, and I’m always trying to build up my set as a sort of story. This mix can be enjoyed in your car, or at work on a late Friday afternoon, when you’re not really working anymore!

Can you tell us about the exclusive track on the mix? Why did you chose to include this one? If it isn’t one of your own productions, how did you come across the artist?

It’s a track by the amazingly talented – and one of my best friends – Mirror Minds hailing from Liège/Brussels. I had the opportunity to write a track with him (Niños) on my upcoming album The Unspoken. Our duo project Los Niños Del Parque will release an EP one day – maybe when we finally stop eating jalapeños instead of playing with synths.

He’s also one of the finest creative and artistic directors I know. He did a few of my release artworks, like the amazing cover for my first LP. Super proud of this guy!

When and where did you record it? Describe the room, the furniture, the walls, the view from the room, the neighbourhood, the weather at the time, etc…

I recorded it at home in Etterbeek, in my living room surrounded by my vinyl collection, while my roomies were having dinner in the kitchen. My view was…a wall.

What’s your favourite track on the mix?

Ouff, I love them all – really. But the Awanto3 track featuring Dexter is lately making me really crazy.

What are your top three albums of the year so far and why?

Soulwax – Transient Program for Man and Machines

I have three bands that lie close to my heart: Soulwax, The Beatles and LCD Soundsystem. And, as always, the Dewaele Brothers nailed it big time.

Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens

I’ve been fan of Kelly Lee Owens for a while (she made an amazing Aaliyah cover!) and this album is wonderful: subtle, fresh and creative.

Juana Molina – Halo

I discovered this album while at work in the office last week, and…just wow. Happy to see Mrs Molina is back!

What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?

My first album The Unspoken will finally be released on the 16th of June, and the first single “Cala Falco” will be out on the 21st of May. It’s a track I made with my friends Joy Wellboy. Le Motel and JMII (from John Talabot’s Hivern Discs) provided two amazing remixes too.