Baby Vulture is an experimental artist with a keen ear for obscure sounds. Inspired in equal parts by her Latin-American roots and by avant-garde pioneers like Iannis Xenakis and John Cage, she is forging a singular sound that leans markedly toward otherworldly and innovative concepts. Nocturama 009 is a case in point, as Daniela draws on a wealth of field recordings, speech samples and abstract productions from the likes of Villalobos & Loderbauer, Vito Ricci and herself.
Besides her DJing, she has been working with Magda as Cornerbred, in visual art and in Tequila production, with plenty of interesting projects in the works. Read our interview with Daniela and enjoy the podcast below.
Gary Verkade - Tenebrae I - Sonic Circuits X
Steve Baresford, Anna Homler, Richard Sanderson - Tinselgruntz - Berlin Toy Bazaar
Vito Ricci - Dox E Koo - I Was Crossing A Bridge
Vladislav Dobrovolski - Type 3 - CAA#6
Luc Ferrari & Erikm - Archives Sauvées Des Eaux III - Archives Sauvées Des Eaux
Curd Duca - M2 - Elevator 3
The Universal Quartet - 47th Street Breakdown - The Universal Quartet
Beatriz Ferreyra - Echos
General Practice - Bonus track - At Whelan’s
Liz - Destiny - Never Ending Love Affair
Oleg Kostrow - Comix atmosphere - Imago
Groupshow - Incredibly Comfortable Slippers - The Martyrdom Of Groupshow
Keith Fullerton Whitman & Alien Radio - Die Went-Hülle - S/T
Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer - Retikhiy - Re: ECM
Daniel Kientzy - Voilements: Voilements 1 - Sax Computer
Domenique Dumont - Un Jour Avec Yusef - Comme Ça
Visible Cloaks - Vocal Study
Nik Bärtsch - Modul 29 - AER
Rupert Clervaux - XIV
Jøkleba - Tremens - Outland
Baby Vulture & Federico Molinari - Rradio
Liz - En tu playa te canto - Caterina flavor
Hi Daniela, how’s it going? Where are we speaking to you from today?
All good :) I’m in my studio, setting things up.
Can you tell the readers a little about the Baby Vulture project?
I guess a way to describe this project would be that it is a combination of my visual and sonic journey. I studied Fine Arts in London six years ago and since then I’ve been going through different creative processes. I’ve been very curious about music and sound and I got deep into learning what is behind those sounds, meaning the history of music and where it comes from. So this project is about the way I perceive audio, not only through my ears but through all my senses.
Where did the name come from?
This is quite funny because I’m not sure I would have come up with this name myself. My partner calls me Baby Vulture because the first thing I do when I wake up is eat and I get very excited about this! Plus I’m snacking all day, always chewing on something.
What other projects are you involved with at the moment?
I have developed a tequila brand called Maria Pascuala. It has been an amazing project because it reconnected me with my roots, my country, and I will have the chance to share this ancient drink and its process with people in Europe so its very rewarding. I also have a music project ‘Cornerbred’ with Magda. This is a fusion between weird (or not weird at all) stuff that we both like and I think it makes total sense when we put it together. We play music sometimes and we are starting to produce as well. As a consequence of this and our shared taste in music and aesthetics, I am working with her on her new project PERM. This is a series of parties where I will be curating one room/time slot during the night. I will bring something more experimental/ non-dance to these events. I am very happy to do this because i am discovering a lot of music/artists which I think would be interesting to expose together with the right dance music line up. I will also be in charge of the video content and installations we will have at the events.
Besides that, I am working on my own visual and sound projects. I’m just starting to get in the studio and to understand how everything works in order to create sounds with diverse machines but I am also very interested in field recording and extracting audio from what is around us. I find sound is a whole new universe as opposed to drawing and sculpture (that’s where I come from) but I find it fascinating and I would eventually like to combine the two. There is also an idea of throwing some small events in Berlin, a space where I can invite different types of artists (also visual) and create a night where I can host people with various music, art and even food. Its kind of like going to a friend’s house to enjoy nice dinner, company, and great music.
Is there a specific concept behind your Nocturama mix? We love it!
Somehow I thought and chose tracks thinking of ‘broken language’. I am very interested in phonetics, the study of the sounds of human speech; the voice itself as an instrument, lost dialects, languages. This is very attractive to my ears. So perhaps you’ve noticed there is some cut voices, dialects and mumbling here and there throughout the mix. Actually I would be interested in doing a mix just with voice, broken language, speaking in tongues, things like that, with no other instruments besides the voice. Phonetics and language are definitely something I will explore in the studio.
Are you interested in combining your visual work with your DJing?
Absolutely! As I mentioned, coming from a visual art background, I hear music also through my eyes. I could even say that sounds to me often have a shape, texture, and appear to me as objects. I also like to see and hear sound/music in a more cinematic way, with a narrative of images and moods. To me, having visuals together with sound adds another layer where the spectator can engage even more or differently.
Which producers, labels or trends in music are exciting you most at the moment?
I don’t follow a trend in music. I even enjoy so much finding old music which appears timeless to me. I also do not search for one particular genre. In fact, the more different the music is from each other the more enriching it is to me. I must say that my interest in world music is significantly growing and I get super excited when I find rarities, there is so much out there, its endless! But it really depends on what comes across my way really. To give you an example, I recently listened to Ridges
by Max Loderbauer and Jacek Sienkiewicz which came out on the label Recognition. There is something in this album which really made me travel far, very powerful, droning and intense soundscapes. I saw them live at Atonal last year and I really liked the show but then I re-listened to the album and was able to hear it in a new way; it was very exciting to find new elements.
What songs remind you of your childhood?
The song ‘Cucurrucucu Paloma’ by a Mexican singer and actress Lola Beltran really reminds me my childhood. My aunt is also a singer and she always picked this song so I am very attached to this memory and some years later I was happy to hear a very beautiful version of the same track by Caetano Veloso interpreted for Almodovar’s film ‘Habla con ella’.
Where/when would you go in a time-travel machine? Would you stay?
I would absolutely travel back to my origins with the Mayan civilization (2000 BC) and I am pretty sure I would stay :).
Have you ever seen a UFO?
Mmmm .. I don’t think so!
What do you think needs to change within the electronic music industry?
I feel that electronic music has considerably expanded in the last 5 years in both negative and positive ways such as becoming something totally commercial but at the same time opening up doors to more experimental and/or diverse genres. I believe there has been an overload of electronic dance music and people are seeking for other sounds and platforms. I wish there were more of these platforms/events which feature a richer diversity of music and art. I believe is very important to make this accesible to peoples and I would foster this further. In my opinion, music is an incredibly powerful legacy which should be spread, shared and appreciated in all its forms.
Where are your favourite spots for buying records in Berlin?
I am sure you can always find something good in each shop but I really like Power Park. They have a very interesting selection.
.. for going dancing?
It really depends who plays where. I don’t have a favourite spot but somehow I always end up at CDV.
.. for a meal?
I love Industry Standard (french/mediterranean & touch of mexican cuisine) and Sasaya (japanese).
How have your experiences DJing back home in Mexico been compared to Europe? The recent Communite Festival looked great
I tend to mix of different styles of music and sounds, usually non-dance; and this is not the most popular in Mexico. So when I play in Berlin for example I have the total freedom to play what I want. I guess Europe has a bigger culture on experimental/ unconventional music. But I must say that Communite was really cool and the diversity of music also made me feel very comfortable.