We caught up with Brazilian house and techno producer Wehbba.
Date published: 20th May 2013
We’re partial to a bit of exciting new talent here at Skiddle, and they don’t come much more so than Brazilian house and techno supremo Wehbba. The multi-talented producer has managed to get his records released on a mouth-watering ensemble of labels, including Get Physical, Bedrock and Great Stuff, with DJ support from the likes of Carl Cox, Sasha and Laurent Garnier.
His latest album is out on Christian Smith’s record label Tronic now (the sampler is embedded on the above soundcloud), and ahead of his mini tour of London in June we caught up with him.
Hi Wehbba! Can you let our readers know more about you and your style?
I'm Rodolfo Wehba, commonly known as Wehbba. I'm an electronic music artist from São Paulo, Brazil. I normally play a mix between house and techno music, as long as it's got some soul and some purpose.
You’re from Brazil. Can you tell us a fact about your country that we might not know?
We have the best women in the world. Oops, maybe you already knew that one? But also, the airplane may have been invented by a Brazilian named Santos Dumont, although many say it was the Wright brothers.
We hear great things about the scene in Brazil, clubs like D-Edge. Compared to the rest of the planet how is the South American clubbing climate in general, looking at other cities like Cordoba, Buenos Aries, Santiago and Montevideo?
I'd say Argentina is slightly more advanced in regards to forward thinking music than other South American countries. In Brazil for example we're going through an extremely commercial phase right now, even though our scene seems to be growing financially.
You’ve got a few dates in London coming up, notably as part of the Egg tenth anniversary celebrations and then for electronic sessions next month. What is your relationship like with the London clubbers, and have you played elsewhere in the UK?
In the UK I've only played in London so far, at Ministry Of Sound a couple of years ago and it was an amazing gig. So I'm very much look forward to this series of gigs in London to promote my new album.
You’ve released on a wide variety of labels such as Tronic, Bedrock, Renaissance and Get Physical. Do you make your productions with a label in mind or is it more a case of once it’s done, you think where it would best be housed?
I just make music, regardless of anything else, even when I get a specific request to deliver a release to a specific labe., I try not to limit myself on trying to sound like that label, otherwise nothing good will come out of it. I think it's best to just let the inspiration come naturally.
You used to run the record label 82 recordings, would you ever bring it back, or start another label?
That's not in my plans as of now, I feel great working with Tronic and with the other labels I currently work with, and unfortunately I have very little time to dedicate to running a label. I prefer to focus on my music 100%. Maybe in the future I might give 82 Recordings another go, perhaps focusing on promoting Brazilian artists to the international markets.
And finally what else lies in the future for you?
I've just arrived in Europe for a couple of months, doing a few shows promoting the album, after that I'm back in South America for another round down there. On the production side, I've worked on a few collaborations with Christian Smith, John Digweed and Nick Muir, and I've also created an alias for my house oriented work, called Rosco Sledge, on 20:20Vision, so plenty of these to come over the next months.
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