We had the good fortune of connecting with Virgo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Virgo, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
It’s taken some time to realize what truly brings that balance for me. And now I know that above all it is nature and my alone time. Most of the time my interests are pulling me in all directions, but I embrace it. Knowing that my art takes many forms and that my practice involves many roles. It can be hard to define, but I approach each day with an open mind. Whether creating music, running a label or designing virtual environments, and building an online VR game, I always balance by indulging in other things that I love such as collecting ingredients for new recipes, playing video games, and spending time in nature. The only serious routine I have is drinking coffee in the morning, beyond that, I live by intuition, and this brings peace and balance.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a musician, with roots in film and video production. Over the years my craft has evolved into making VR games and designing virtual experiences. This year, along with my partners Aoud and M7, we launched Parasite Label, a fast techno imprint. During quarantine, M7 and I started a virtual event series called SLIT that we host on IMVU. And for the past several years Aoud and I have been developing an online-multiplayer VR game called Shifted that will launch on SteamVR.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would have to check out the new Tran An location for Vietnamese and visit my friends at Finca’s Coffee, which is opening soon. At some point get Thai food at Lung Yai and drinks at The Broken Shaker. Take in the collections at the ICA and Rubell, explore the gardens at Vizcaya, and ride the metromover. And in a pre-COVID world there would probably be an underground rave where we would dance all night to the best techno and then head to the ocean to watch the sunrise!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to Bitter Babe, she’s one of the brightest minds around and a gentle soul. She’s a DJ, musician, and an advocate for ethos in music. Currently, she’s building the platform called ECO, as a means to bring meaningful discussions around the responsibilities of electronic music communities. As well, ECO is making strides to elevate music communities and work towards an ethos of union throughout LATAM. Her production debut “Fuego clandestino” was released on Tra Tra Trax out of Columbia. Check her out <3