The Vikter Duplaix Interview
At 31, Vikter Duplaix‘s career encompasses a repertoire that would take most a lifetime to accomplish. The Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and DJ has worked with everyone from Erykah Badu to Jamiroquai, but it was his relationship with King Britt that led him on the path to dance music. Having spent time in both Georgia and Philadelphia growing up, he had the opportunity to connect with Britt, contributing vocals to Britt’s Scuba collab, “Swell”, and eventually producing his own material. He’ll be making his very first appearance in the Steel City this Friday at Round Corner Cantina as part of their Gold Series events, and we got to ask him a few questions about his current inspirations and what he’s all about.
In addition to an impressive lineup of collaborations, Duplaix was a contestant on the inaugural season of BET’s DJ competition-themed show, Master of the Mix alongside Rich Medina, DJ Scratch and other notable DJs. This experience was one of Duplaix’s favorites, who states,
My career is full of highlights and memorable experiences. Picking one is like picking a favorite child. However, the most unique was working with so many DJ’s on the Master of the Mix TV show. I humbly appreciate my career in its entirety.
His recent work has often been described as “futuristic”, but he has a different take on things.
My ultimate goal is to make beautiful sound. I’m always pushing my own boundaries to see what happens. Usually, that ends up being what people call futuristic. It’s just a case of an artist expanding with time.
With such an expansive career at the cusp of his thirties, one might wonder what current trends in music influence him. He’s worked with some of music’s greats, such as Eric Benet and Me’Shell Ndegeocello, so we asked him about who excites him in 2014.
I’m into this soultronica vibe that’s coming on strong. Kelela, Machinedrum, Lost Midas, Denetia and Sene, The Internet, Jesse Boykins, etc. They move me right now.
He’s always got new projects cooking, and is currently working with another round of talented industry peers on a new batch of songs set to debut this fall.
I’m about to release a new EP in the fall that teams me up with a young producer called Comets We Fall. It’s on a futuristic, electric sensuality tip. Lots of collabs with other great folks. Roni Size, Black Coffee, Kastle – it’s all still baking.
Whether you’re a fan of Duplaix or not, he is an artist worth your time. Don’t sleep on his appearance this Friday, August 29th with Bamboo for the next round of Gold Series at Round Corner Cantina, which kicks off at 10PM.