D. Ramirez | Interview | ADE.
The term “Pioneer” is not gained easily. It is one you have to earn through years of breaking boundaries with your work. In the electronic music industry, there are only a handful of artists who can rightfully put their name alongside such a tag, and one person who can carry such an accolade is D. Ramirez. brandnite TV with Sergio Flores met D. Ramirez during the Amsterdam Dance Event 2014 for an interview.
About D. Ramirez.
With a career stretching over 20 years as one of the world’s most respected names in electronic music, D. Ramirez is highly regarded as the driving force behind the tech-house sound that today’s music is built on. His career has seen him play to sell out crowds across the globe at some of the world’s most famous nightclubs. From holding residencies in some of the world’s most iconic clubs, such as the famous Sankeys in Manchester and Ministry of Sound in London – this November sees him starting his Pacha residency in London – as well as Ibiza’s super clubs, Space and Cream, and across the pond in Los Angeles and the city’s clubbing mecca, Avalon; the global dance music community can’t get enough of D. Ramirez and his underground sound. Add to that list his numerous guest appearances from Bali to Singapore, and from Russia to Brazil, it’s clear to see that D. Ramirez is a global icon.
Inspired by the noises of his tough-talking DJ sets, his sound has been rejuvenated of late by deep house, house and techno. If you consider his meticulous DJ mixes where loops, tricks and FX are intricately laced with exceptional accuracy or his studio methods where he’s known to tinker with noises for days on end, this exploration of deeper genre seems a logical and natural progression. His work with Mark Knight and Toolroom Records has garnered critical acclaim, most famously with their collaborative track ‘Downpipe,’ which became an underground anthem around the world. From there, it made perfect sense to continue the Toolroom Records relationship, and D. Ramirez has, once again, raised the bar with his innovative, underground sound with his latest track, “Open Your Eyes,” which made its debut of Toolroom’s Amsterdam Compilation.
As well as commercial success with high chart positioning hits and even an appearance on the famous BBC television music show, Top Of The Pops, D. Ramirez has also received a number of illustrious industry awards throughout his career as a producer, from places DJ Magazine (Best Producer and Best Remix 2007), iDJ (Player of the Year) and even an Ivor Novello nomination for his now classic remix of Bodyrox ‘Yeah Yeah’. With his remixes of Roger Sanchez – Lost (D.Ramirez Lost In Rave Remix), which was named as Pete Tong’s Essential new tune, Plump DJ’s – Electric Disco (D.Ramirez Mix), also an Essential New Tune along with Max Linen – The Soulshaker (D.Ramirez Mix), D. Ramirez had his industry peers tipping their hats to him.
With his constant travelling between his home in the UK and the U.S., including time spent living in New York City, D. Ramirez, has been spending as much time in the studio as he has behind the decks. The past few years have seen collaborations with some of the city’s most legendary producers such as Todd Terry, Cevin Fisher, Harry Choo Choo & Jose Nunez. More recently his releases ‘Fragile Tension’ and ‘Tease Machine’ EP through Germany’s Great Stuff label, have caused a much deserved stir and further cemented D. Ramirez as a key figure at the forefront of fresh and innovative house. Other notable collaborations have been ice-cold house tracks with James Mowbray and Matt Tolfrey, plus two co-productions on the 2011 Underworld album ‘Barking’. Having launched his own labels, Vudu and Slave Recordings, as well as being signed to four:twenty, Good Times and, most recently, Toolroom, the D. Ramirez sound was heard from sound systems in clubs everywhere.
Today, the D. Ramirez name is synonymous with the cutting edge of the electronic dance music scene. As one of the world’s finest and most prolific DJs and producers, he is a legend in the underground dance music movement that has now become a phenomenon it its own right and religiously followed by the clubbing faithful the world over. His productions are slicker than ever and his constantly evolving creativity will continue to push his sound to new heights in the months to come.
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