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Interview: Catching Up With Birmingham-based DJ/Producer VITO (UK)

VITO (UK)

With a distinct fusion of deep house and tech, VITO (UK) has garnered attention for his unique sound, drawing influences from his diverse musical background. Having previously released on esteemed labels such as Deeperfect, Whippin, and Futura, VITO (UK) has established himself as a formidable force in the electronic music landscape.


His latest offering on Cuttin' Headz sister imprint Boogeyman, “Je Suis,” features silky vocals intertwined with sleek, deep house grooves adorned with captivating jazzy motifs. Meanwhile, “Comparison” boasts rubbery low-end and infectious vocal hooks, complemented by punchy snares and a warm atmosphere. Download/Stream it here: https://orcd.co/boogey018



Join us as we delve into VITO (UK) ’s creative process, influences, and journey in the music industry, and discover what sets him apart as one of the most promising talents in contemporary dance music.


Thanks for joining us. Where are you writing to us from, and what have you been up to over the last few weeks?


Hi guys, I am writing from Birmingham, England. Over the past couple of weeks, I have been working on some big projects and making my debut in Venice, Barcelona, and Málaga for some top parties.


Tell us about your journey into music and what led you to this point.


I have always been into music, as my dad used to DJ back in the day. He handed over his decks to my brother, and then I decided to learn when I was 21 years old.


I was going to raves but never really producing or DJing; I was just enjoying the music. I remember going to the MADE festival, and MK was playing. Watching him play changed my vision and made me want to produce and DJ.


How do you effectively promote yourself as an artist?


Just be consistent with producing, making mixes, and using social media to its full potential to share and promote yourself on different platforms. Also, use paid ads when needed.



Tell us about your latest release.


My latest release is on a label that I love and has been a goal of mine to release music on for two years. It is a 2 track EP on the Boogeyman label.


This EP has been supported by some of my favourite DJs in the industry, such as Marco Carola, Joseph Capriati, Jamie Jones, the Martinez brothers & many more.


The inspiration for the lead track was to mix different sounds from all kinds of cultures. With this specific track, I implemented a mix of vocals from the very start.


The track itself took me around 6 hours to make, with a few breaks in between!


The B side inspiration was to go that extra bit darker, something you would maybe hear at Sunwaves, mixed with my own touch by adding the vocal and making it sound a bit more trippy.


Again, this track took around 5-7 hours to make, and it fits perfectly alongside Je Suis as a B side, so now the EP has something uplifting for the people who like those good feelings beats and something dark for the underground people.


What has the feedback been like from your latest release?


The feedback has been really good; it’s nice to see some of the comments from the campaign report and see how many DJs have been feeling it and are playing it out.


How do you take care of your mental health?


I always make sure I give myself some alone time; I go on walks every couple of days just to refresh my brain and decompress.


Talk us through your creative process.


When I get into the studio, I don’t go in trying to make a certain track, unless it’s an edit. I go in trying to make something new, fun, and that I like!


I start by programming my drums through my Maschine Jam, a sequencing machine from Native Instruments. Then, I think about how I want the bass to sound and the bassline to hit. I usually just mess about on the Midi keyboard until I find something that fits with the drums; I always try to match up the bassline to my drums. I sometimes used my Behringer td3 for acid basslines or top lines to bounce off the bassline and make it groovier.


Then, I will make the track into a 16-bar loop and start to figure out the vocals in the right key. I’ll decide whether to create my own sample or use a vocal from a sample pack.


When I have the 16-bar loop down with vocals, I’ll add drum fills and try to get an arrangement down. The track shouldn’t take too long to finish up because I have the layers and basics done. From there, I start the automation.


When I have an upcoming weekend of shows, I will spend Monday through Thursday looking through playlists and digging for music because I don’t want to play the same thing as everyone else.



What advice do you have for other artists?


Be your unique self; don’t try to follow a specific sound. Always focus on making something new; it can also help get your music noticed more. Whether it takes 1 year or 10 years, it will be beneficial.


What is your biggest goal this year, and how close are you to achieving it?


My biggest goal this year is to have a release on Hot Creations or Cuttin’ Headz. I could never say or guess how close I am to achieving it, but I am always working hard towards that goal by continuing to make music and submitting to labels. 


Lastly, what can we expect from you in the future?


So this year, I have more upcoming releases, a Whippin V.A., another Boogeyman EP, plus a few more in the works, including my own edits that I release on Bandcamp. This year is about getting as much of my music out as possible. To share my music and promote myself in order to set me up for a bigger and better 2025. In the future I would love to play at shows such as Paradise, Music On and Cuttin Headz!


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