Salvation Project, real name Diego Barrera, is among a slew of young artists cultivating the electronic music scene in Peru. At just, 16-years-old, he as already released a number of remixes and original tracks, including 2014's Saxtone, featuring Russian saxophonist Morozov Mikhail.
In order to hone his skills, Diego joined Project Media, an incubator for promising young DJ's and producers which functions like a trade school for electronic music; students take courses in hardware and software, learning how to market themselves, and have opportunities to showcase their work.
Fellow Peruvian DJs and producers, such as Dengue Dengue Dengue! and Deltatron, have caught the attention of global bass fans around the world for the unique blend of traditional Peruvian rhythms - like cumbia and criollo – with electronic synths and 808s. In the coming year, Diego is working on incorporating the music and culture of indigenous communities with his signature Deep House and Tech House grooves. Curious about his start in music, his training and what he has planned for the future, I caught up with Salvation via email.
How did you get into DJing and producing electronic music?
Salvation Project: When I was at school, the bus driver, who loved electronic music, put a techno track at full volume on the ride home. It was the first time I ever heard electronic music like that in my life and it just blew my mind; from that day I got obsessed with house music, being a DJ and producing tracks.
What music did you grow up listening to?
Before the epiphany I had back then on my school bus, I was a really big fan of rock, in general. My favorites types were - and still are - indie, alternative and punk.
Are there many outlets for you to perform or play music?
There's more electronic music festivals in Peru every year so right now it's ok but I'm sure that next year will be better. I think electronic music in Peru still needs a little push and it's my dream to be the one who pushes it in the future.
Did you have anyone showing you how to get into producing?
Not at first. I was on my own with online classes, but then I got so much better after joining Project Media. They helped me find my own sound as an artist.
Who do you look to for inspiration?
I go to electronic music festivals which helps all the time.
Are you influenced by music in Peru such as criolla, cumbia, etc.?
I think I am. I love the music of my country; I find it really deep and rich in culture, but right now I consider my music not as much influenced by my culture as I plan it to be in the future.
Are you working on any projects currently?
Yes! I have a new EP in the works. I'm going to travel to Puno and live with the Aymara community for a few months to create some tracks mixing the Aymara's music with House music. With the help of the Aymara's Orchestra adding their instruments to the track such as the Quena and the pan flute and also some amazing vocals from the singers from there. I hope to finish it for release next year. Also next year, I will be part of the Project Media Showcase and I'll be releasing 3 new tracks for sale on all platforms, so 2016 seems really nice for me.
Follow Salvation Project on SoundCloud.