Rise Bookings and company present the Global Unity Party at this years Winter Music Conference on Thursday, March 21st! The show will be hosted by the Sandbar Lounge located at 6752 Collins Ave in Miami Beach, FL. Headling the show is Netherlands superstar Carlos Barbosa. He will be joined by George Loukas, TAKiN, Pablo Zaldivar, Morro Mendez, Zac Julius, Slim Signal, Dan Chase, Dimimak, and Jeremy Vancaulart. Party kicks off at 6PM and runs through 4AM the next day. WMC badgeholders get in for free while general admission is $10.
We were fortuante enough to grab a quick interview with headliner Carlos Barbosa! Check out the interview below and be sure to connect with him via Facebook and Twitter.
Brolic Beats: You’ve been in the DJ scene for quite some time. Being from the Netherlands, what are your thoughts on the recent explosion of dance music in America and abroad?
Carlose Barbosa: Well to me, I have been doing dance music since the late 90’s; for me it was a bit like witnessing a funeral when vinyl took a dive and CD took over. I’m now totally happy with what developments have been going on, I’m a crossover musician and I can practically make what I want to make. Now that the U.S. is open for dance music more than before, it makes things easier for a DJ such as myself. I can only welcome the recent explosion; we have been in the explosion out here for many many years, so the more the better.
BB: You have a very extensive catalogue of releases. How do you balance your busy performance and production schedule?
CB: It’s possible for me to find balance in between because I choose to leave many things aside that don’t need my attention. But I have to be honest, I’m now at a point in my career that even this approach doesn’t always help anymore. Lucky for me, I have a good management team around me to help handle all the pressure; a guy can only do so much.
BB: You seem to live a crazy lifestyle after watching your video blog. What inspired you to have your travels documented?
CB: I was kind of looking at things that happened on the road as normal and one of my roadies mentioned that he wanted to bring a cam if I was ok with that. The stuff recorded after that never made it to the internet, but it was so much fun watching it … I just wanted to have it for myself to look back from time to time. When I noticed that I was gaining followers and people started to recognize me, I knew that I needed to do it on a more frequent basis. I continue now with it cause of the followers and subscribers that send us a email from time to time requesting more.. I’m very with that!
BB: Outside of music, you also have your own line of sunglasses. How important do you think it is for DJs and producers to get involved in other ventures like that?
CB: Now surely I’m a musician, but I don’t forget about the business side of what I do; in this case it helped out the CB brand as an artist. Now that the sunglasses have been hailed as trendy, we are now set to launch the tank tops and more merchandise is on the way. I would most definitely say yes, I think djs/producers should profile more; no telling what you can accomplish if you try to think a little bit outside of the box.
BB: What can people expect from you after the WMC and the rest of 2013?
CB: I can’t tell you to much about it but, we have a Canada/North American tour in the works; more about that soon!! My new single is coming out 25th of March, “Hey Now.” I did a double production on that; the video version and original mix are both very different mixes. I’m very happy how that release is looking, including a music video and numerous remixes.. Also, I have some remixes coming out on 6N7 Music, Hi Bias Records, and I’m sitting on about 15 good solid Barbosa songs ready to come out. As far as events go, I have my own event “WE Must Crash” and we are in production for a XXL edition in one of Amsterdam’s biggest club locations, The Sand. I’m also appearing in a few music video of fellow dj’s and you can expect me to release a few nice bombs this year. Thanks a million for reaching out, I appreciate it guys.
Interview credit: George Loukas and Aaron Hannon