Interview with Radio Quantica

3 DAYS OF MUSIC, ART AND CULTURE IN THE HEART OF LISBON

We got to sit down with Violet recently, and she told us about the Lisbon music scene. Violet has built a name for herself in the industry through collaborations as a producer and being a DJ, both at events and online for Radio Quantica.
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You’re one of the founders of Radio Quantica. How did it come into being? What makes it special to you?
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I started Quântica in 2015 with Photonz while we were living in London because we’d see all these online stations doing a lot for their communities and the underground scene, and realised no such thing existed in our own scene, so we decided to get our hands dirty. It means the world to me, it’s a family of very different but somehow kindred artists who are interested in new iterations of music and art, and ideas of emancipation.
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You’ve been playing regularly across Europe. How would you describe your style? Who are your major influences?
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I love all things related to raves, so genres like acid, jungle, bleep techno, speed garage or any satellites of these have a place in my digi-bag at all times – think 2badmice, frank de wulf, underground resistance, djax-up beats or newer versions by people like the exaltics, special request, fear-e. I’m also interested in different forms on future-facing music, be it from luminaries like Jamal Moss or Aphex Twin or from younger producers and labels like Odete, Ariel Zetine, Jerome, Kerox. Tropical Interface.
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Other than Nova Batida, where are the best places to see you play and why?
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Any community-centered party or festival that has a safer space policy in place for its ravers is a place where I feel comfortable and aligned vibe-wise. This could be a small DIY party or a big club or festival – it’s all about the ethos.
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What can we expect from the Radio Quantica showcase at Nova Batida? 
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Shcuro and na o mi are real troopers of our underground, fighting relentlessly for emancipation and against the gentrification of our city while pushing new artists and sounds to the forefront with their projects, so I think that means a real heartfelt party, full of sci-fi bangers and percussive, broken tracks.
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Speaking of Nova Batida, who are the artists you are most excited about seeing and why?
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All of them! The line-up is ace. Midland, Special Request and Haai are good friends and I know they’ll be super fun and interesting all at once. I love Marfox and I’m sure he’ll put on a mad situation for sure. Ben UFO and Awesome Tapes From Africa will sure blow some minds as well.
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There are a lot of festivals in Portugal. For you, what makes the country such a great place to spend a weekend listening to music? 
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Definitely the weather, the affordable living compared to other European cities, and the loveliness of our crowd.
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Lisbon is a city that’s bubbling up. What is your opinion on the changes going on? 
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So much can be said about this – Lisbon has morphed into a completely different city in the past 5 years and while some changes have been positive, there are also a lot of red flags being raised by the rampant gentrification and money-centric politics. I think our councils should focus more on community-building, culture and education and less on tourism.
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Has this impacted on the scene here? What have been the major changes in the last few years? 
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Definitely. Gentrification is pushing DIY venues and parties and cultural institutions outside the centre of the city, leaving it to be taken over by washed-down businesses, turning it into a less sustainable version of what the city used to be, which can be frustrating for locals.
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Are there any artists coming through we should be looking out for? 
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So many. I’ll highlight a few: Odete, Fabaitos, Kerox, Viegas, Stasya and BLEID are some of my favourite young artists with a really strong, personal sound and vision.
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Finally, if we had to eat one thing in Lisbon and go home, what should it be? 
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Ooo. Hard one. Bacalhau à Zé do Pipo?