Hi Ramiro and welcome to Different Grooves
Ciao Amici! Thanks for having me, my pleasure.
You are hitting notorious labels like Intec, Suara, Toolroom with you tunes: Please tell us something about your last EPs?
’Truce’ EP is my second EP for Carl Cox and Jon Rundell´s imprint Intec and it’s been out for a month. I’ve also just released an EP called ‘Easy Going’ on Toolroom Trax, the techno face of Mark Knight’s imprint. I’m getting great feedback and support and I’m very happy about them. If you like Techno and don’t have them, you should give them a listen.
Any future plans with other important imprints in the coming months?
Yes. I’m releasing a new EP on Octopus, Sian’s label. It will be my second and I’m excited about it. I’m also working on new EP’s for Suara and Intec and there are other important projects in the pipeline.
How would you say your music has changed over the years and what has influenced this change more than anything else?
Music is always evolving and so am I. I’ve always been between house and techno. My first experience and vinyls I bought were from Jeff Mills, Richie Hawtin, Mark Broom, James Ruskin, techno all over but then I slightly went more into house sounds. Nowadays I’m doing and enjoying mostly techno but I’m diggin’ others, It’s the quality what really matters.
The summer season is now past us. You played at Sankeys, Blue Marlin and Space: any special stories you can reveal to our readers?
Has been an hectic and funny summer. It included my first time playing at Blue Marlin which is an amazing beach club and also at Space, one of the iconic clubs of the island and a big goal to me since I first visited it many years ago as clubber. I’m happy with how the season went and I’m already looking forward to the next one.
ADE week has just gone. Please give us some fresh feedback from your experience at the conference and the events you played at?
I did 3 events: Friday at Panorama Club with the Suara (kitties) family,Saturday afternoon at Beatport live again with Suara and Umek´s 1605 party on Saturday night.
Everyone was outstanding. Beatport was a bit different as it was a live stream in their studios, a small studio room with just few people around but many people turning in live on the net. A cool experience.
Then the two other were really amazing. I did the closing sets at both parties and really enjoyed it.
ADE is always a great place to meet old and new friends, share impressions with other artists and hang out all together.
Your business relationship is really close with Coyu and Umek, I guess? Is your relationship more like a friendship? Is something already in the pipeline with them in the near future?
I’ve known Coyu for many years now and I can tell we’re good friends. It’s great to share experience, adventures and tastes with him. He’s also a role model and always willing to help me or give me advice.
I’ve been following and admiring Umek since I started DJing and now I’mhaving the chance to work with him closely. We’ve been in touch for some time now but I only actually met him in person for the first time during his ADE party. Such a nice and big guy and I’m sure we are gonna see each other often. My plans are keep doing parties and collaborating with both of them.
Generic question: What are Ramiro Lopez’s thoughts on the Spanish clubbing scene?
We have had a difficult period in our country
because of the economic crisis and this has has an impact on our electronic music scene with people going out less and many clubs being forced to close their doors. But I think we still have a solid scene and everything is prospering again. There are many top notch clubs in the peninsula and Ibiza is doing super as always. And I can see more and more young electronic music enthusiasts which is promising.
Interview by Gill