TFword In Conversation With Sinca

We had a candid chat with the Montreal-based DJ and producer about her latest single, upcoming shows, plans for the year and lots more.

In a time where we’re witnessing no real effort to make music, the importance of staying true to your ethos and finding your niche has become more significant than ever; add an intriguing touch of one’s cultural heritage to the music and you’ve hit gold. Fortunately, when you’re on the lookout for an artist of that caliber, you don’t have to look too far because we’ve got you covered.

With a finely tuned dancefloor sound that blends hypnotic grooves, powerful basslines, and uplifting synth-work, Montreal-based DJ and producer Sinca’s carefully crafted art has ensured that she is already en route to the upper echelons of dance music.

Infusing her French and Peruvian heritage with contemporary electronic music, Sinca has landed her transcendental experiences on labels like Anjunadeep, Armada, XYZ, and Altered States in just under a couple of years since her debut release.

Great music has inevitably followed up with a packed touring schedule; Sinca has performed around the world and shared line-ups with some of the industry’s most esteemed talents, playing at the likes of Lightning in a Bottle 2023, Brooklyn Mirage, Stereo, Piknic Electronik, Do Not Sit On the Furniture, Art with Me, Coda and Electric Island, etc.

As she sets sail to conquer yet another year, Sinca is gearing up to release her first single of 2024 on All Day I Dream. In anticipation of the release, which is slated for the 26 of January, Sinca is going on a run of shows starting with her appearance at the Papaya Playa Project in Tulum, Mexico, alongside Lee Burridge, Matthew Dekay, and Lost Desert.

We were keen to know her thoughts on her upcoming and exciting run of shows, so we sat down with Sinca for a long chat, and here is what she had to say:

TFword: You’re coming at the back of a phenomenal 2023. How would you describe the past twelve months?Sinca: Yes, 2023 was a big year for me! Music wise, I got to perform in 30 different cities, hit up cool venues and festivals, and share stages with some of my favourite artists. Releasing my best music so far and hitting over 1 million streams on Spotify were big wins. Most importantly, behind the scenes, I was: constantly learning, refining my sound, building my brand, and making important moves and decisions for my career.

On a personal note, 2023 had its ups and downs. I lost my mom at the end of 2022, which was tough. But in the midst of it all, there were moments of happiness—getting engaged, meeting awesome people, travelling, hanging out with friends and family, and finally deciding to go all-in on music by leaving my full-time job.

It was a year of both professional success and personal growth.

TF: Now a single to kick off 2024. What are your thoughts on how the release has shaped up?
Sinca: I’m super excited about my new track ‘Printemps’ on All Day I Dream. This label is one of the best in my genre, and it’s awesome that Lee Burridge, its founder, is playing my track all around the world. People are loving it on the dance floor, which is just amazing. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it when it officially drops!

TF: The flow to ‘Printemps’ is breathtaking!! Talk us through the creative process of the tune.
Sinca: Thanks so much! So, I created ‘Printemps’ around March/April last year when everything’s blooming (springtime is ‘Printemps’ in French). It’s my first track where I put in my own voice, which I believe is giving a ‘sexy’ vibe since it’s in French. I used Chat GPT for the vocals—a bit of an experiment that turned into something really interesting. The lyrics just kind of went with the flow, capturing the hopeful feel of springtime.

TF: A run of shows surrounds your latest single as well. What are you most looking forward to?
Sinca: Last fall, I had a series of shows lined up around the release of ‘La Miche.’ It was quite a journey: I had the privilege of performing in Martinique in the Caribbean, which was an incredible experience. Then, I headed back to New York for a Halloween gig at the Brooklyn Mirage. From there, I headed back to my hometown Montreal for another Halloween show where the venue was this incredible old church, and the whole vibe, visuals, atmosphere, and decorations were just fantastic. I also went back to San Francisco to perform alongside Einemusik. One of the highlights in December was playing an all-night set at the renowned Stereo Bar in Montreal, and I closed out the year with two memorable shows in India.

The good times continue in 2024. I’m excited to share that I’ll be joining the All Day I Dream team for their Tulum event on January 20. Additionally, I’m set to perform at the SXM Festival in St. Martin this March. More shows in the pipeline; details coming soon!

You can grab your tickets for Sinca’s Tulum showdown on Ticket Fairy’s website.

TF: We’re huge fans of how you infuse your cultural heritage into your music. Tell us more about it.
Sinca: Yes I’ve got a bit of a mixed background! My mom was from Peru, and my dad is French-Canadian. I was born in France, then mostly raised in Montreal (Canada), and my life journey has taken me to various places, including Cambridge in the UK, Burkina Faso in Africa and Barcelona in Spain, where I lived for several months. This diverse journey really influences my music.

I try to blend all these cool experiences into my tracks and DJ sets. What’s also being influenced is that my music style is pretty flexible – not just in my own tracks but also in the songs I play when I DJ. It’s like taking a bit of everywhere I’ve been and letting it influence my artistic choices. For instance, I love it when different languages are part of the songs, which is why I decided to make tracks with vocals in French and Spanish.

TF: You’ve released your music on some of the biggest imprints in dance music. How would you like to describe your artistic journey so far?
Sinca: It’s been awesome to release my music on great labels like Anjunadeep, Days Like Nights, XYZ, Altered States, and now All Day I Dream. Being part of these influential platforms not only enhances visibility for my music project but also gives me credibility, allowing my music to reach a broader audience.

While I’m still figuring out the whole making-music journey, you might notice each of my tracks has a bit of a different vibe. But my goal is for you to always catch that unique sound that’s just ‘me.’ Big shoutout to these labels for trusting me with my songs. We’re all human, we’re changing and growing, and that shows in the tracks we make and like.

TF: Who would you regard as your dream collaborators?
Sinca: Ouf! It’s no easy task given how many exceptional artists there are… Eelke Kleijn, Sasha, Damian Lazarus, Rodriguez Jr., and various highly talented female artists such as Oona Dahl, LP Giobbi, Francesca Lombardo, Yulia Niko, to name a few, are some that I look up to. The idea of potential collaborations for tracks, or even back-to-back performances, with these artists would be a dream come true. Also, as I often incorporate vocals into my tracks, I’d love to keep collaborating with great vocalists.

TF: What can we expect from Sinca in 2024?
Sinca: 2024… I am so ready!
I’ll keep working hard to make and release some fresh tracks and keep spreading my music around the world. I was also recently honoured to be named one of the top 20 artists to watch in 2024 by “Dancing Astronaut.” I’m excited to share this journey with everyone and bring some great music your way. Stay tuned for a year filled with music and good times!

TF: What are the 5 tunes you are feeling at the moment?
Sinca: Some recent finds:
New track called “No worries” just released by my friend Monblaire
‘Fire in my soul’ by Yulia Niko
‘Feel Good About It’ by Vhyce
‘Maroona’ by Daniel Rateuke
‘Tijuana’ by Bedouin and its Vintage Culture Remix

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