We had the good fortune of connecting with Calo Vance and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Calo, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
The common answer to this question is to not to give up and to keep going, but let’s go deeper into it. Sometimes you have to let yourself realize that the way you’re doing things is not bringing the results you’re anticipating, especially when we talk about an artistic career that doesn’t have a well-known path to follow. So, when you find yourself doing the same things over and over again without a progressively-growing outcome, it’s time to consider giving up on “the ways you’re doing things”. Try thinking outside of the box, analyze your mistakes, look at yourself from another perspective, and thigs will fall into a puzzle. Sometimes the Universe itself is hinting us that we should give up our old ways. For me, the COVID-19 times were an eye-opener. I was suddenly not able to tour around the world anymore, I had to slow down completely. Events were cancelled, simply boarding a plane became impossible. But this is when I realized the Universe is telling me to stop doing what I was doing and start producing instead. In the past six months I have produced many tracks and I’m in the process of being signed by a couple of well-known labels in the House and Tech House music industry. Giving up my old ways has helped me to get ahead in my career and jump into the next stage.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Calo Vance is a person, a company and a brand that specializes in music production, video production, live performances, and parties. I am a rocker, but some time ago I realized that House, and Tech House are the best channels available for my artistic self-expression nowadays. As any artist does, I had my personal battles starting very early on. I come from a family of two doctors. For my fifth birthday, I was begging my parents to get me a piano. Instead, I got a badass real microscope. I was always pushed towards science and never towards music that I had an obvious passion for. Now, years later, I realize that music is a science and it is much more mathematical than it is inspirational, unlike what most people believe. I wish I had that knowledge when I was five years old so that I could explain it to my parents-doctors and get into music much earlier. I started to pursue my artistic career against all odds and my family’s disapproval. I got my formal music education at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After years of establishing, learning and trying different music career paths, I got an excellent opportunity to work with well-known artists (Maroon 5, Outcast, Usher, Gwen Stefanie, just to name a few) at Tree Sound Studios in Atlanta. Upon getting the invaluable real-life experience in music composition, engineering, recording, and production with some of the best musicians and producers, I decided to create my own identity in music. My latest biggest challenge is getting my songs signed by the well-known big labels: Defected, Repopulate Mars, Hot Creations, to name a few. I work tirelessly with my production team to make sure that we create original songs that will leave no one indifferent.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This scenario has happened many times, so I am experienced at showing my friends a good time in Atlanta. I have a few eating spots carefully selected over the years that I love to share with my friends. For an authentic Roman Italian dining experience, I always take them to Forza Storico, whose co-owner Stephen Peterson is my good family friend. Great food, Italian wine, awesome atmosphere and respectful service, are always guaranteed there. I also love introducing my friends to authentic cuisines, so Buford Highway is my place to go for the best Japanese, Mexican, Argentinean, Colombian, and Thai selections. To hang out and dance at night, I’d take them over to a couple of underground international clubs in the city. To introduce them to my everyday life routine, I would definitely take them to my music studio – Madison Studios, where I produce my songs and practice for performances. Of course, I’d love for my friends to visit my house and enjoy chilling in the backyard, talking, enjoying some cool beer and home-made burgers. For the weekend, I’d hop with them on a plane and spend some time in Miami. It’s a great Atlanta’s perk to be only 2 hours away from the best beaches. LOL But realistically speaking, right now with the COVID-19 quarantine going on, I’d just give my friends some shovels and tell them to help me with the retaining wall project I’m currently working on in my backyard.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First of all, I would like to shout out to my family for supporting me on my journey. Secondly, a huge shout out to my music production team: Franco BA of Argentina, Mack Woodward and Kenneth Lovell of Atlanta. I’m extremely fortunate to have you guys as my teammates. Your creativity, hard work and professionalism mean the world to me! Also, I would love to express my sincere gratitude to Lee Foss, whom I don’t know in person yet, but who gave me a huge boost by playing one of my “Demo song” at the EDC Las Vegas Virtual Rave-A-Thon 2020. I’m looking forward to our future work together. Last but not least, thank you COVID-19 and crazy 2020 for letting me slow down, reflect and ignite my music production machine like never before!
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