Mexican-born, New-York based producer Sainte Vie is the brains behind the label Akumandra. The label promotes a crew of exceptional artists riding the sub current of multicultural electronic music and, after 3 years of sharing its music for free, is about to release on vinyl for the first time, with a three track EP from Sainte Vie.
The Mexican artist’s music is a prime summary of what it means to hear in a post-genre universe, with colourful, tribal, downtempo music that stretches out towards the sublime. With Sainte Vie currently in the midst of a European tour, make sure to catch him in Berlin tonight at Katerblau alongside dOP, Noraj Cue, Unders and more. But first get to know him as he takes a seat in the LSD Faze Time chair.
My name is Pablo Piña but you might know me as Sainte Vie. I was born in Mexico and grew up in Mexico City then went to study abroad in France. When I was a child my idol was Gustavo Cerati, because I was really inspired by his versatility as an artist, in every record he’d would bring something new to the table without losing his distinctive touch. His music and lyrics always spoke to me. Still do! When I was far from home and my musical instruments, I started exploring electronic music production softwares. It was then when I realised that my computer was an extremely powerful musical instrument and decided to learn more and more about it. Since then I moved to New York to study Music Technology, started an electronic music label called Akumandra and produce electronic music under the name of Sainte Vie.
One of the best gigs I played was Chill Out Festival Istanbul. It was very special. I had no expectations, I was nervous cause I was playing a new live set for the first time and I was really surprised to see people’s reaction connecting with my music in a country that’s so far away from mine and that has such an incredible culture. I guess this gig in particular perfectly defined the power of music. This is why I consider this gig one of my favorites so far.
One of the best gigs I have been to was Interpol’s concert at Terminal 5 in New York. I loved how the lighting and stage design reinforced perfectly the feeling of melancholia behind the band’s songs.
Now I live in Brooklyn, New York with a few roomies. I enjoy watching movies, traveling and being alone a lot. I can spend hours walking. One of my favorite places to visit is Portugal, because it reminds me of a time machine.
On weekdays I go to school, make music and on weekends I usually play.
My favorite song at the moment is Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda – Rama Rama.
A film I watched lately and really liked was La Piel Que Habito. The last series I watched and loved was Twin Peaks.
I am very inspired by Remedios Varo. My dream is to achieve total consciousness. My worst nightmare is brain wash.
I love creating, collaborating and hate wasting time. I am addicted to nothing, I just cannot stop thinking.
Local Suicide reminds me of some psychopath story.
Tomorrow I will play in Athens for the first time. Next month I’ll release my first vinyl EP “Estación Inmortal” and a remix for Acid Pauli’s “BLD” album. Next year, surprise.
If I wasn’t a musician, I would be a graphic designer.
If I was an animal, I would be a Whale. If I was an invention, I would be Le Petit Prince. If I could date myself, I would talk for hours and hours..
If I could play with anyone it would be Nicolas Jaar. I would like to collaborate with Philip Glass.
My word of advice to the reader would be to try.