Mr. Vega’s much awaited release of “New Generation” dropped yesterday, and this ten track album (with 2 bonus tracks) has us more than excited to share the project with you. As he embarks on his solo career, Mr. Vega broke far beyond the mold with his powerful first release. There is nothing that can define this project, as each track could be considered genre-less, which is more than refreshing to our ears. With so many similar sounding producers out there, Mr. Vega redefines the EDM scene on his own terms by not limiting himself to one sound or theme. When you think you hear a track from this release that can be defined by standards of what someone would call “moombahton” or “electro-house”, Mr. Vega throws in a wrench with hard stabs or melodic vocals and soft synths that take the norm on an intriguing and unexpected ride. The release showcases such variety in sounds and production style that it has something for every ear and like. Mr. Vega was nice enough to give us a glimpse into his life, production style, and thoughts on the project, so take a chance to listen to the tracks and get to know the man behind the madness a bit better:
Q: Hey Mr. Vega, thanks for doing an interview with us and giving us a chance to get to know you a little better! Can you start off by telling us your real name, age & actual location?
JV: My real name is Joshua Vega, I’m 29 years old and I’m living in Queens, NY.
Q: Who instilled the love that you have for music? What did you grow up listening to?
JV: When I was a kid, my dad was a local DJ. He and some of his close friends used to throw house parties in Brooklyn, so I was always around the music. I grew up listening to mostly old school hip-hop like Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Special Ed, Run DMC, LL Cool J and then some Micheal Jackson, Bel Biv Devoe, Bobby Brown, Heavy D, Another Bad Creation, Boyz 2 Men, and stuff like that.
Listen: No Stuntin’ – Mr. Vega
Q: What career would you pursue if not music?
JV: Before I started pursing music, I used to draw. I went to a graphic design high school and all I would do is art non-stop. So I think that would be what I would do.
Q: You are one half of Sazon Booya, so why did you choose now as your moment to launch your solo career?
JV: You know, I didn’t have a master plan or anything, I had actually got sick and took a two week hiatus from the Sazon Booya project. While I was recovering, I started making all these “different” sounding records and I was like, “Maybe I should make an EP to revive the Mr. Vega project”. And two weeks later, I had 10 tracks, and it was New Generation.
Q: How do you separate the two entities: Sazon Booya and Mr. Vega? What takes more precedent, when, and why?
JV: It’s hard to seperate at times because the lines can easily be blurred. I could make a track and not know which artist it should be labeled as. I think SAV keeps my direction in line when it comes to the Sazon stuff because there are specific elements like ethnic percussion, latin samples, etc. that you don’t hear on a Mr. Vega track. I kind of just go with the flow. Sazon blew up and we’re touring and have our next project done, so I have a little more time to push the Vega stuff.
Listen: Sparks Never Fade – Mr. Vega
Q: What does your (solo) production set up look like? (Software, keyboards, speakers, etc.)?
JV: I use my PC laptop with FL Studio on it and the KVR Rocket monitors. I keep it simple.
Q: What would be your dream collaboration for your solo career?
JV: I would love to work with Calvin Harris. He’s an incredible producer and singer.
Q: What makes you stand out as a producer amongst the other in such an oversaturated EDM scene?
JV: Hmm that’s tough. I think originality is key and I try to keep that going in every track. So much stuff out there sounds the same and I think with New Generation,people will hear what I can do, and see its not the same stuff they download on Soundcloud or Beatport everyday.
Listen: Pourin Up – Mr. Vega
Q: What is your favorite thing to do outside of producing?
JV: Definitely hanging out with my son. He’s three now and he’s so funny, he keeps me grounded.
Q: Where do you see your sound progressing to in the future?
JV: Honestly, I don’t even know, I mean, when I started dance music in 2009, I didn’t think I’d sound how I do now in 2012. I’m guessing it will be better than it is now.
Q: What is your favorite track right now (Not your own)?
JV: Stratus – Radiation
Q: Your New Generation album is wild. It features so many different sounds, themes, etc., which is refreshing to see someone who pushes the borders beyond the generic definitions of genres. What do you see as the glue that holds the album together?
JV: Thanks! I think the fact that every track differs from the last is what will keep the listener eager to hear the next track and see what is going to happen next.
Q: What are your (solo) plans for 2012?
JV: I’m definitely going to hit the road a bit more as Mr. Vega and put out some more music.
Q: What role does Rot 10 Musik play in your solo career?
JV: Rot10 Musik is my home, my family, my biggest supporter. I started Rot10 Musik with Rotten Ralph back in ’09 as a way to get my music to the masses, and it became a home to a lot of other great artists. I’m always going to push this brand and Rot10 will always support my brands.
Q: Anything else you’d like to add that we haven’t already mentioned? Any shout outs?
JV: Just want to tell everyone go grab the album even if you steal it just tell a friend and pass it on to whoever. In the end, I just want people to have the project. I want to thank everyone who worked with me on this record and shout out to my Rot10 Musik family for helping me make this release possible.
Listen: Generation Bass – Mr. Vega
Buy Generation Bass HERE via Beatport