Q+A: 5 minutes with Sainte Vie

Many artists capture emotions in their music, but few are able to invent new ones. Born Pablo Piña Hernandez, Mexican electronic music producer and founder of the Akumandra record label, Sainte Vie is one of the rare musicians who can. His otherworldly bass riffs hit home with serious force. His fusion of melodic house and techno is only made more powerful by the metallic, machine-like sounds that define his music. Each tone is bold and every rhythm audacious–no sign of timid production here. Instead, his upfront style makes for an exciting experience that fans can expect to watch live at THE PLAYGROUND’s forthcoming music event, TIMELESS Festival, which is scheduled to take place Between the 10th and 12th of March 2023 in Greyton, South Africa.

Ahead of the festival, we caught up with Sainte Vie to tease out the good stuff:

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Set the tone for us. Why the arts?

I find music and arts to be my favorite way to communicate emotions.

Which comes first when you’re producing – the sound or the idea?

The idea.

What’s on your current playlist?

Arctic Monkeys – The Car.

Tell us about the chemistry you have with your fans on stage.

I enjoy having a strong connection with my fans on stage; it inspires and motivates me.

How are you prepping for your set at TIMELESS fest?

I will be playing exclusively my own compositions in the form of a live act.

Which of your songs should festival-goers put on their ‘TIMELESS’ playlist?


With so many exciting acts performing at TIMELESS festival, who are you most excited to see?

Deep Forest.

Imagine you’re a festival goer. Do you rough it in a tent or glamp in luxury?


What one thing MUST you absolutely have with you on stage?

My equipment.

Break down the news for us: what can we expect from you this year?

A new 4-track EP, a new collaboration track with Coss, and a new remix for Aalson.

Famous last words?

See you soon!

Listen to Sainte Vie’s single ‘Cenote’ below:

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Image credit: Mariana Pinto @mariqpinto