Vangar is among the fastest rising young talents in the trance scene today. Specializing in hard-hitting 140 trance, this Los Angeles native is a skillful crowd-mover most known for her relentless bass lines. Her most ardent fans may know her as Vanessa Garcia, but most will know her for her Sensory Sessions podcast. She is usually soft-spoken and forever five-feet tall, but despite her small package, her sound is sized for the massives. She likes to tell the story of that audience member who approached her after a show one night, only to realize that, “Oh, wow, you’re a girl!” – which goes to show how hard she can bring it, harder than most of the boys.
This is a short clip montage of my recent set at the Exchange. Apologies for the dark video but I'm hoping the music speaks for itself!
Posted by Vangar on Monday, June 29, 2015
Give me the run down on how you got into electronic dance music / trance music and becoming a DJ/Producer.
I use to listen to dance music as a kid but got heavily into it right out of high school. A friend of mine invited me to an event in 2006 and after attending so many after that, I learned so much about the culture I was hooked. I started wanting to dig deep into the music. I started searching more about the artist and different genres. I discovered trance from local heroes like DJ Thee-O, Kristina Sky, Rj Van Xetten also known as X-Phactor and DJ Anthrea to name a few. From there I formed friendships with most local artists to get some background in the music culture and how I could get the knowledge to becoming a DJ/Producer. I even promoted for events to support to the scene. In the meantime, I practiced djing and built my music collection over the years which help be find my sound.
You have a few productions already! Who are some of your influences?
Starting out the dj/producers that got me hooked into trance were Ferry Corsten, Sean Tyas, John O’Callagan, Bryan Kearney, Simon Patterson, Roger Shah, Thomas Bronzwaer to name a few. Other artists that continue to influence me today are Triceradrops, Maria Healy, Orla Feeney, Kristina Sky, Shugz, Allan Morrow, Liam Wilson, David Rust and the list goes on so many to name.
Tell me about the remix competition you entered for Sean Tyas’s Track “Matter of Time”.
As you know Sean Tyas is one of my biggest influences so getting a chance to remixing one his track is a huge deal to me. When I saw the announcement I immediately jump to it. I saw the post a bit late so I only had about 4 days to really work on it. I downloaded the stems and went straight to work on it. The excitement of working on that remix gave me all the energy I needed to get it done in time. With very little sleep I cranked it out in those 4 days. Even though I didn’t win the competition, it was the best experience. I got to see myself pull through a crazy deadline and actually produce a full track in that time. I loved every moment of it. It’s my best work to date. So my pretty proud of the outcome.
Where can we see you play next?
My next gig is actually a big one for me, a milestone in fact. I’ll be making my debut on the mainstage of Avalon in Hollywood on Aug. 4th opening up for Damaged Night with Jordan Suckley and Sam Jones.
Finally we are starting to see more females getting noticed & booked at events. I always supported and tried to push event planners to give them a chance. Honestly, some of them who I know throw down better sets then the top names in the scene :). What are three things that could help the scene move forward in this direction?
Yes, it’s very exciting to always see females, any chance I get I support as well. It’s one of the reasons why I started hosting events. Instead of asking promoter to book, I started booking myself.
1. Invite the idea! The most important thing we need to do is to push and inspire other women to believe that there is a chance to be in the industry. I know the interest is out there. We need to set the motion to invite the idea to get women to follow in their dreams too.
2. Support, support, and support! If you see a female artist out there doing great things then support them as much as you can. Sadly we need that extra push!
3. End the stigma! Give women a chance, we need to learn from the techno scene haha. So many great women in techno. We can have that in Trance too 🙂
If you had the opportunity to play at your favorite events, what would those be?
Favorite trance events at the moment are Luminosity and Dreamstate, it would be huge to land that opportunity.
Top 5 tracks of all time?
Picking a top 5 is extremely hard, too many good track over the years. But let’s just say this is my top 5 tracks that influenced my love for Trance.
3. Sunlounger – White Sand (Dj Shah’s Original Mix)
8. Solar Stone – Seven Cities
13. Ferry Corsten – Beautiful
18. Sean Tyas – Lift
23. Chakra – Love Shines Through (Space Brothers Mix)
If you had 24 hours to live? What would you do?
If I had 24 hours to live, I’m a family person so I would spend it with my family. I love to travel so I would probably travel to a place I never been with them.
What are some of your short term and long-term goals?
Short-term goals: Some short-term goals I have in mind are to jump start my podcast again. It’s been probably about 6 months or so since the last episode. I definitely miss releasing monthly mixes. I also have some tracks in progress right now, so I hoping I can officially get something signed this year or the beginning of next year for sure.
Long-term goals: Some long-term goals I have in the works is the 5th Annual Sensory Sessions live event for next year. I have some production plans that I can’t wait for everyone see and experience it. Another long-term goal is to be able to get to a point where I can make music full time in my career.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I think I’ll see myself expanding my Sensory Sessions brand globally with either a label or hosting event nights. I want to see myself traveling and touring outside the US that’s for sure.
If you could collaborate with a one of your favorite producers who would it be and why?
Sean Tyas, his productions are quality. A chance in the studio with him would be a dream!
Any last words for myself and the fans?
I really want to thank you for taking the time to interview me. I appreciate your interest in getting to know me and my music. As for the fans, I want to thank them for their continued support. Without the support over the years I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today. I’m very grateful!