Luxembourg musician Victor Ferreira is the mind behind the sun-drenched indietronica of Sun Glitters. His acclaimed debut Everything Could Be Fine led to tours and festival appearances throughout Europe and a subsequent string of EPs. His second full-length, his first on Cincinatti's Mush Records, employs the vocals of Sara Cappai from dream-poppers Diverting Duo. We managed to squeeze in an interview before Xmas, before the start of an exciting 2014 for Sun Glitters.
Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today? I'm fine thanks and today I'm sorting out papers and working on some remixes I still have to finish.
To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound? Sun Glitters combines an ocean of lush melodies, pitch-shifted vocal samples, digi-diva choirs, warm bass pulses, and ambient soundscapes into a blisteringly beautiful sound. People would also say I'm doing chillwave, but I think it's more indietronica because I'm still influenced by rock music. Or like one of my fans mentioned one day, Glitterswave!
What are the 5 albums and artists that have influenced you the most? My Bloody Valentine - Loveless Boards Of Canada - Music Has The Right To Children Third Eye Foundation - You Guys Kill Me Bowery Electric - Beat Drop Nineteens - Delaware
What other artists do you really like at the moment and why? Gold Panda, Baths, Holy Other, specially because of their sound and ideas that influence me a lot actually with Sun Glitters. But there are a lot more but it would be a huge list to mention them all!
How has the reaction been to your new album, 'Everything Could Be Fine'? Everything Could Be Fine was my debut. My new one is the forthcoming one on Mush Records and AN/AY Scattered Into Light" who will be released in January 2014! But the reaction to my first one was really good and I was really surprised at the feedback, because I was not really expecting that and especially so fast. My new one will be a little bit different in several aspects. More singing, a little bit more 4/4 beats and maybe more groovy. The sound is also more mature compared to all previous tracks. But I think it's the whole experience I grab during these two years by collaborating and making all these remixes so far. Playing live was also a good point for that!
What are some of the key pieces of gear you use to write your tracks? I'm using Ableton Live, Reaktor and Ace in my laptop controlled by an APC 20, UC-16 and the MPD18. I'm using also my iPhone to record some sounds like for example my car keys that I used a lot on my beats and lots of other different sounds.
What’s the best gig you have ever done and why? There are several, but I think that the Dour Festival was one of my biggest live in every aspect. But recently really enjoyed the London show at St. John's Church as support act for Gold Panda. But also had a great experience during my 10 days tour with Gonjasufi.
What’s the worst gig you have ever done and why? I don't really like to mention this but I think it was the one in Vienna during my very first tour in 2011 at the Fluc. It was a really strange atmosphere specially when I arrived at the venue, the guys were really cold to me and I had like the impression that they didn't really have an interest in Sun Glitters...
What are your thoughts on the following music genres? Classical: I don't really like to mention this but I think it was the one in Vienna during my very first tour in 2011 at the Fluc. It was a really strange atmosphere specially when I arrived at the venue, the guys were really cold to me and had like the impression that they don't really had an interest in Sun Glitters...
Blues: Not my thing...
Soul: It's a genre that I'm not really into it but would not have a problem to listen sometimes while driving my car for example.
Hip-Hop: I started making music with hip-hop when I was younger. I listened a lot to artists like Beastie Boys, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, Easy E, ... And still listen to some hip-hop like some of the Anticon artists. I like the sampling way of hip-hop.
Folk: I don't listen that a lot, but the only person who really brings me to that is Steffaloo and also Cat Power that I listened to a lot some years ago.
Dubstep: It depends. There is so much, but one of my favorites is Burial. I would say I prefer Post-Dubstep.
Trap: Don't like that at all!
If you weren't a musician what would you be? I would be a graphic designer.
Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects, DJ mixes or collaborations in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about? I will release my new album in January 2014 on Mush Records worldwide and AN/AY who get the license for Japan. There is a plan also to release a 7" with Slow Magic at LebensStrasse for Record Store Day next year.
New album Scattered Into Light is out January 28th on Mush. Listen to 'Closer To The Sun' here: