Festival Focus: Valhalla Sound Circus
July 12, 2017
July 12, 2017
Looping pop melodies, sugary female vocals, junkets of gleaming electro house—all of these sound fabrics can be felt through the music of Jesse Hughes, who goes by the DJ moniker of Vanic.
The Vancouver-based DJ/producer has been quietly releasing a wash of remixes over the past year, tackling acts like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lana Del Rey and Birdy. His newest submission, “Circles,” with LA band machineheart, has blown up and reached one million plays in just a couple of weeks after its release.
Like many of Vanic’s other entries, “Circles” blends sunny synth lines with ethereal vocal pressure, forming a strong and expansive pulse of glossy-pop tuneage. Other remixes to note include CHVRCHES “The Mother We Share” and his rework of “Police” from the band SomeKindaWonderful. Vanic packages songs that are sexy, boundless and downright fun, scribbling between the lines of dubstep, house and trap. It’s also cool that he hunts to remix emerging or lesser known acts rather than sticking with the predictable and popularized names, it’s a creative pursuit from the get-go.
Vanic has been playing piano since he was four years old and he played at a high level then in middle school he turned into a metal head and then got really into DJ Zany and original hardstyle. He kept progressing and when he started to make his own music he realized he was better at the prettier stuff instead of the harder.