As the sole European member of L.A.'s WEDIDIT Collective, the Portugal-born Purple is almost duty-bound to romanticism. His fractured electronic tracks bleed with an appealing rawness; his vocals adding depth to the "fascination with darkness" that binds him to the rest of the production/DJ crew. Purple used to heavily shift and manipulate his vocals between feminine and masculine registers, playing around with the gender of his sound—that his FADER Mix is comprised entirely of female artists doesn't come out of nowhere. Purple melds voices as disparate as Nico and Bessie Smith in a drowsy synthesis: the female voice not as a category, but a spectrum. It's pleasing and surprising and pretty, so put it on.
Where are you right now? Please describe your surroundings. I´m at Nick [Meledandri]´s place in L.A., we are on the balcony. It´s all green around, distant voices, quiet.
Why did you choose to only feature female artists on your FADER Mix? It wasn't a conscious decison at first. While building the mix I kept picking songs on which the feminine presence would prevail. It became an homage.
What's the last book you read that had a big impact on you? "White Nights" by Dostoyevsky.
What's your favorite dish to cook and how do you make it? Veggie Stroganoff, if I have time. I cook it slowly and with a lot of care.
Colleen - I´ll Read You A Story
Grouper - Living Room
Vashti Bunyan - Train Song
Clara Rockmore - Vocalise
Jane Birkin - Strange Melody
Zeena Parkins - Lucky
Tamaryn - No Exits
Elis Regina - Atras da Porta
Joanne Robertson - Hi Watt
Nico - It Was A Pleasure Then
Mojave 3 - Love Songs On The Radio
Mazzy Star - blue light
Bessie Smith - Honeymoon Blues
Goldfrapp - Horse Tears