Joining us on episode [021 BulletCast] is the producer duo, DESIGNERZ. Through this fully audio podcast, they tell us how Dropbox allows them to create music from different states and about Stefano Noferini recently supporting their upcoming EP, La Rumba.
By Liz Turcotte
April 14, 2016
Reigning from Russia, one of the few DJs to come out of The Land of Tsars, Tripmastaz has managed to gain respect worldwide from the underground scene. Tripmastaz held residencies at the top clubs in Moscow and has worked with huge producers like Richie Hawtin and DJ Sneak. Recently, he started up a vinyl only label, Tripmastaz (by numbers). Alley Cat Music Club will host him Friday, April 15, alongside Atlanta's rising-star producer, Ralo, and Alley Cat favorite, Tito Mazzetta. Here's what he had to say when we talked to him earlier this week.
What do you think it takes as an artist to gain international respect?
From my perspective, it's honesty and hard work. If you strive to be different, to be yourself, to share your point of view and your character through the music, at some point people will recognize it and will follow. Word to Rakim.
Your style of producing seems to have a techy undertone. Is there something about that style that pulls at your heart strings?
Let's not forget that house and techno are the leaves of the same tree branch, so to speak. What can be more exciting than a mixture of a house grooves and electronic textures ? It gives so much artistic freedom. Pure science to me.
What DAW do you prefer to use in the studio?
For the past ten years I've been using Ableton Live.
Really digging your latest EP, Wax Mania, out recently on Desolat. Tell us about what went into making this album.
That EP is the most techno record I've ever released. The funny thing about the title track Wax Mania, is that Loco Dice been playing it for a few years thinking it was a bootleg of mine. When he found out that it was actually an original, we wrapped up the EP quickly.
You made a video for the track "Ride Heights." What was that experience like? Where was the creative vision inspired from?
I had footage of my boy, Krussia, riding a bike in NY. Not only he is he a dope rapper/beatboxer, Vice named New York's Best Russian Rapper. He's a serious bike fiend. We took 40 minutes of his Go-Pro footage and edited it down to an intense four-minute groovy ride. I love to see the empty streets of New York in that video. It gives you a bit of a surreal feeling of the city.
When you DJ do you use a laptop or a USB?
For the past three years I've been using USB sticks with piles of digitized vinyl on them. And sometimes, the actual vinyl which I still love to dig for and to buy.
What can we expect at your show in Atlanta this weekend?
Groovy trips and trippy grooves.
What are your musical plans for the rest of 2016?
I've spent a month out in L.A and finished the third EP for my vinyl only label which is Tripmastaz (by numbers). Also, the track for my friend Barcelona's Yakazi Records. I'm almost done with my EP for New York's Inmotion Music. I'm excited about the massive remix for Chaka Khan's new vinyl single. I'm currently working on a remix for my Canadian pal, Paolo Rocco. Sorting out the next four releases for my label, Plant 74. And more to come as I finished a lot of new music in the past three months. Really a lot, Tripmastaz work is never done!
Tripmastaz will make Alley Cat Music Club twerk on Friday, April 15 with Ralo and Tito Mazzetta.
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By Liz Turcotte
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Mr. Nice Guy label boss, Jesse Perez, sat down with me Barbara Walters style before the label showcase at The Music Room back in January. We chatted about quite a few topics including the phonies in the underground scene, being a DJ Dad, and how he found his signature sound, Bump N Grind.
Raul illegally referred to as Ralo is a music producer from Miami, Cuba or Havana, Florida for that matter. Vicing in the South-side of the map, he arranged beats for money, initially in the realm of rap and hip-hop when emerging from the ‘90s bass music movement. Hip-hop wasn’t dead but it certainly felt like it was time to flip the page. For him, it was time to speed up the tempo.
What is your background? Cuban American
How do you think that shaped who you are today? I’m proud of where I come from. I realize how fortunate I am and do my best never to take anything for granted. In this country, we all have the opportunity to be whoever we want. My grandfather came to Miami with nothing but the clothes on his back. He started from the bottom, provided for our family and took the time to remind us that anything you want in life is possible. I lived with my grandparents for a while growing up. My mom and I moved around a lot when I was young. I always hated moving away from the friends I would make. Although no matter where we went it was easy for me to make new friends, probably because I’m outgoing and, unlike everyone else, I enjoy small talk. I constantly got into trouble at school for talking too much.
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It was a chilly and damp Saturday night at Cherokee Farms. The gorgeous property is nestled in the North Georgia mountains and each year during the first weekend in October around 3,500 beautiful souls gather for Alchemy Burn. I was feeling right at home in the midst of the woods, hippies and house music when I sat down by the fire to talk with one of Atlanta's hottest producers, Ralo. He wore a black top hat with steampunk goggles and a grey feather fastened to the strap. His hajj scarf draped over his head (a gift from fellow burner, Ramzi) and the red and blue elephants danced around his retro shirt.
Have you managed to stay dry this weekend?
Barely, but has anyone?
You're outfit is perfect for the occasion, where did you get all of this?
It's is a combination of pieces from a thrift shop in Little 5 Points, Rag-O-Rama, and Amazon. I've always been into the steampunk look. It's the perfect mixture of mechanical and Victorian style. When I wear this it makes me feel, like me.
What enticed you to experience Alchemy?
I always heard about Alchemy from people I've met along the way of my travels over the last couple of years. Like most people here I hope to attend Burning Man at some point and had to see what this was all about. This is my first burn, I've been to several festivals. The love and energy here is created organically, no money driven productions.
Is there a story from this weekend you can't wait to tell people?
The group I'm here camping with planned a "birthday flash mob" for an unsuspecting victim who's birthday it wasn't. Long story short, we all sang happy birthday, handed out cupcakes, noisemakers and gave our fellow burner a birthday present and card which he read out loud. Then we all calmly walked away.
What is one word you would use to describe Alchemy?
Do you have any upcoming shows back in the real world?
Are there any other upcoming projects you want your fans to know about?