Particularly fans of his work with Quintino and Angger Dimas, we were stoked to see Sandro Silva included on Royale Boston’s lineup. A brief, yet un-rushed interview left us with info like what kind of music he grew up with, what he listens to aside form dance music, and comparisons between the US and The Netherlands (his home) in terms of crowds and touring. We were surprised to hear he thinks EDM is commercial in his homeland, and how easy he made it sound to arrange a collab.
You had a day to hang out in Boston. How do you like it here?
►I’ve been to the hair salon. Basically that was it, then went back to the hotel to chill. It’s a great city. I love it and it’s really clean.
Describe yourself with three words.
►Quiet, energetic, crazy.
At what point did you realize this was going to be your career?
►I started making music when I was about 15. When I started sending my music to all the big DJs, there was immediate response, and since that, my career began to rise really fast. When I was around 17, it started to get really serious and I got a manager.
What was the largest challenge you has to overcome before you felt really recognized?
►I think it was playing live gigs because at first, I was playing in the comfort of my home and then started touring. It’s a really big step for a young guy. It took a while to get used to, but it’s my life now.
►What kind of music did you grow up with?
-My parents are from South America, so I grew up with a lot of dance hall. I really love it still, like what Major Lazer is doing now with dance hall… I love it; it’s inspired by what I grew up with it, and it’s really fun to see.
What differences have you noticed in touring between here in the US and back home in the Netherlands?
►There is a huge difference between Holland and the US. Gig-wise, the gigs are so much bigger in the US and so much more energetic compared to Holland.
There seem to be so many big artists coming from over there.
►There are so many DJs in Holland and we’re all getting to play in the United States. I think it’s good thing because there aren’t many big clubs in Holland like there are in the US.
How would you differentiate a crowd in Europe from a crowd in the US?
►I think the crowd in Europe is much more into themselves; they’re not crazy as here in the US. They are more outgoing here and just want to party. As a DJ, I can feel their energy.
Which artist would you love to work with soon?
►I think Calvin Harris is my main guy. I love him as a producer and as a DJ. I’m releasing a record on his label which I’m really happy about, so I hope we can work together one day.
What do you predict about the future of dance music in the US? Do you think it’s already too mainstream?
►I don’t think it’s that mainstream yet. I think it’s still evolving right now, although it’s already pretty big. I think the US has a good future for EDM.
Is there one popular genre back home?
►I think it’s really commercial in Holland. EDM all started there 20 years ago; I think they’ve all seen it and want something different. Right now, hip-hop and R&B are really popular in Holland.
How do you link up with other artists for collaborations?
►I meet a lot of DJs on tour and we always stay in touch and arrange studio sessions.
So you prefer to work in-person?
►Yes, I prefer being in the studio with someone else. You can share more ideas and works faster.
How important is it to you to have diverse elements in your tracks?
►It’s really important. A lot of songs now sound kind of the same.
What genre excites you most right now?
►I really like hardstyle and how it’s really in-your-face.
How would you describe your DJ style?
►When I’m on prime-time, I would say almost hard house, playing bangers and popular tracks. But, they’re not Beatport’s popular tracks, they’re my favorite tracks. I also love to do things on the fly.
What’s your favorite genre to listen to that isn’t dance music?
►R&B. I really like The Weekend, Drake, and more chill stuff like that instead of always the hard stuff.