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X-Vertigo Talks Ghost Producing, Erotic Short Films, and How He Got to the Top of Beatport

April 2, 2015 - by Molly Sinclair

You've heard his tracks played at Ultra, EDC and Tomorrowland, but you might not even know it.

From producing the #6 most played track in February, to getting support from big names like Tiesto, the French DJ known as X-Vertigo is absolutely killing it in the progressive house scene. But don't be so quick to label him with a "big room" sound. His range is so incredibly versatile that every episode of his radio show, X-Vertigo Attack! , showcases a new style, which sets him apart as a producer / DJ in a very competitive music scene.

With high ambitions, X-Vertigo shared with me his plans to release an album featuring all the faces and styles of music, his opinion and participation in ghost producing tracks, and even a little inside info on that erotic short film he released, dubbed "Fxck to the Bassline". Don't worry... we'll share the censored version!

What was the goal behind the controversial short film "FXCK TO THE BASSLINE"? Is this the first short film you've done?

The video came at random. I had a friend over that always had that... sexual vibe about her. So I asked her, why don't you record some samples for me? Just like certain words and phrases... So she did, and after that I was messing around with the samples and realized that I could make a track out of it.

Then I thought, this could work pretty well as a video. It was less of a track and more of a film soundtrack, you know?



Is there a reason you wanted to do a censored vs. uncensored version?

Me personally, I'm from France, so nudity is pretty normal for me. You go to Cannes beach and you're going to see girls topless. But I know some Americans are conservative. For different reasons, we put both. It was supposed to be way more graphic than what you saw... [laughs].

So were you concerned people would put you in a box with this sexual image?

I don't really mind what people think about me... You can create your own story about it, everyone can have their own opinion. For me, the dinosaur represents my alter ego AKA the DJ life with parties and girls. But as a person, I'm all about producing music and am pretty calm.

Your track, "Acapulco" hit the #19 spot on Beatport's progressive house chart. How do you think the track got so popular?

This track was geared more towards the people who like Size Records type music, some progressive with a techy side to it. A lot of DJs began to play it out, and at one point it became the #6 played track for February. We were passing the big guys, it was crazy. Blasterjaxx played it, Dzeko & Torres, Cedric Gervais... it was the biggest one I've put out on my own label.

What's funny is it was actually rejected by 12 different labels, yet the solid support from DJs made it so popular, which really shows that just because a label rejects you, doesn't mean it's not good. I really encourage everyone to continue producing and believe in their product and music because of this!



You have a really versatile style. What direction are you going to take with your upcoming album?

It's not one type of genre, there's some indie tracks, and a lot of vocal house, the groovier summer vibes. Definitely not one style.

Your new single, "Colorblind" featuring Gia was premiered by Nicky Romero. How did you get that hookup?

Nicky Romero premiered the track on his radio show, which was the second single I did with Gia. The first one we did was "Bombs" which did really well last year, so we thought why not do another one?

We're going to release it as a free download on Wednesday, April 8th on Soundcloud. I'm not really worried about charting, it's not always about the money. I like to do special things.



Are there any other big collaborations on your album?

I have one major collaboration with a big artist who is released on Ultra Records but I can't say who it is... the album should be coming out in July or August.

Where are most of your fans located?

Actually it's kinda weird because the biggest following thus far is in Russia. I'm not 100% sure why, but it could be because I did a lot of tracks with Bass King who is from Russia.

Some other countries are India, the U.S., of course France.

Where do you get your inspiration? Do you create music based on what's going on in your life?

To be honest, I have a lot of other hobbies I like on the side, so it can come from that. Sometimes I'll hear a track and think this is really cool, maybe I can do something similar to that sound. Really inspiration is found in the moment, but mostly coming from things I hear, or the mood I guess you could say.

If you could tour with someone, who would you want to tour with?

Tiesto, because he's the one that got me started. He showed more support for my tracks than any other DJ, so he would be special to tour with.

Also, probably Diplo and Skrillex because every show is fucking crazy. When I play I'm more laidback, but I would love to be a part of what they're doing. It's pretty wild.

Have you ever ghost produced a track?

I have... but out of respect I cannot say who. For me, it's business, I would be a snitch if I told.

I know a lot of guys are making ghost production a big deal, but at the end of the day it's business. Depends on the DJ, some guys don't know how to produce and need help. So if we can get money for making music, why not?

So do you think ghost producing should be accepted? What's your opinion?

I mean, a lot of fans are buying show tickets and expecting to see an artist play their own tracks, but like I said, at the end of the day it's business. I don't know one guy in the industry who has done it all 100% by himself. Maybe I can count a few people on my fingers, but even I have sound engineers for mastering tracks. There's always going to be people helping you out in different areas.

Maybe ghost production is bad if the artist doesn't do any work and just buys a track, but if they just want help on the bass line or a specific sound then I don't think it's that bad. It keeps you human and you still learn new things.

What else do you do in your spare time?

Besides film, I played poker professionally for seven years. That's a side people don't see because I don't like to mix gambling with music. Other than that I enjoy soccer, films, shows.

Are you over the club scene by now?

I've been over it for years now... If I'm not playing, I'm not going [laughs]. When my friends are in town, like my buddy Quintino's birthday, I went out to support. Otherwise I have no interest, really.

I'm more of a relaxed person, so I listen to a lot of house music at home, some jazz. I'm a little bit boring to be honest!

I agree, it seems like sometimes the club DJs don't really bring it.

That's actually one of the reasons why I don't go to clubs. A lot of the DJs tour so often that they don't have time to update their playlist. Sometimes you hear a track that was played 8 months ago.

I try to stay away from that, me personally, I like to mix it up on my radio show. I don't give out my track list because of it, since I spend so much time searching for tracks.

You'll hear a guy come in and play bangers non-stop, and you're wondering where is the time to chill and take a moment? It's about the progression of the set, to take a different direction. One straight line is kind of wack, ya know. Whether it's in San Diego or Chicago or Vegas, it should always be 120%!

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