Miami native Viktop (Victor Cortez) has built a name for himself for the last 5 years with groovy melodies and hip basslines. “You can expect the music to be groovy, regardless of the style”, says Viktop. “Because I grew up listening to house music and tribal-Afro sounds, the music I play always sticks to its origin – House Music.”Viktop seeks to touch the hearts and minds of electronic music lovers and all who dance with atmospheric improvisations. His passion for music created a path forward to start creating his own productions where he continues to develop and grow his unique sound.
Named after one of Viktop original tracks and favorite coffee brand, his new show LA LLAVE, is one not to miss. Expect to move and dance to “intelligent music that tells a story, while at the same exhibiting [his] range as a DJ”, Viktop tells FRISKY. Creating music that has a warm happy groovy vibe is Viktop’s main mission.
Check out our interview below.
Hi Victor and welcome to the FRISKY family! Let’s begin with your backstory, what was life growing up like? And, what first got you into music and who inspired you to make music?
Life growing up was great. Consisted of soccer and music. My parents were both soccer players/lovers, as well as musical people. They also love to dance. It was natural to grow up playing soccer and be into all the types of music they were into. They were into all types of music: salsa, merengue, hip-hop/rap, and freestyle. I got into electronic music because of them but got into house music thanks to my older sister Xavi. She introduced me to Oscar G and DMS12. Then when I really started to like it, she would call me from Club Space (Miami) and leave her phone in her purse so I could listen. Regarding inspiration, it started with my one of my closest friends, Danny who was making music in high school and introduced me to Ableton. Then over the years being exposed to artists that play at Do Not Sit in Miami I got inspired to create in a more serious manner
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
I try to create warm, groovy music. My music is very inclined towards groove and emotion.
What is your creative process like?
Sometimes I start with a groovy loop, other times I start with a melody. Depends on my mood.
Take us into your studio. What is your favorite mixing tool and why?
I’m not sure if have a favorite but I do use Paul Stretch to create pads or stretch out vocals.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
There are so many amazing artists out there, it’s hard to pick. I’m currently inspired by artists like Nhii, Powel, and Newman, as well as labels like Moodfamily, Do Not Sit on the Furniture Recordings and Elements.
And, if you could open a show for any artist who would it be?
I’ve been fortunate to open up for most of my favorite artists at Do Not Sit on the Furniture. I always look forward to opening up for friends and colleagues like Behrouz, YokoO, Powel and Death on the Balcony to name a few.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the independent music artist?
I believe that the internet has helped lots of artists grow and reach out to big labels and people around the world, but at the same time it has catapulted certain artists career based on their social media presence and not their musical talents. All in all, positively as a whole.
Just for fun:
Which fictional character would you like to meet in real-life and why?
I would like to meet Joe Gardner from the Disney movie Soul. I feel like we all have goals and set-back causing us to lose sight in the things we should appreciate. His story is a perfect example, and it would be great to meet him and bounce ideas and get deeper.
What is your all-time favorite movie?
What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
There’s a set of Spanish/reggaeton songs that I have in rotation, which might be a shock to some people, but outside out electronic music. These are the styles of music I mostly listen to.
Thank you, Victor for taking time with me and FRISKY, it’s been fun! Before we conclude our interview, do you have any final thoughts?
I am looking forward to expressing myself as freely as possible and have special guests on the show that align with my vision.