At his SOUNDCHECK, Paul Salva is testing the sound system with an electronic cigarette in hand, a backpack full of equipment and wearing a singular earring, he looks completely at ease behind the decks – they are after all – his home from home. Between touring constantly, headlining clubs, playing festivals worldwide and moving to Los Angeles, SALVA’s sound has evolved from ‘Complex Housing’, his captivating and melodic debut release. Using the multitude of music he’s hunted across the United States as inspiration - from Chicago house, to Miami drum n’ bass, to San Fran’s hip-hop inclinations – SALVA says, laughingly, his music is made for the ‘dance-floor, but still super weird’. While his and RL GRIME’s remix of KAYNE’s ‘Mercy’ has quickly shot him into the spotlight, he has been a discerning music lover since ‘coming up as a scratch DJ’ in his teens, founding his own label Frite Nite and has plenty to say on the subject of becoming ‘Soundcloud famous’, working alongside the WEDIDIT and Friends of Friends crews and what might be around the corner for electronic music.
Touring and interviewing revolutionary electronic musicians across Australia, The Operatives take you underground and backstage with SALVA.
Produced by Michael Danischewski
Interview by Rebecca Florence