ricardo villalobos is an outstanding DJ who has proven a succesful brand on the international scene
ricardo villalobos is performing within the field of Minimal, Techno music and is ranked 237 on the official DJ rankings list (www.djrankings.org).
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Life and work
Villalobos began to play his
Singles and EPs
the Chile, 1970”
and “At the age of three For I moved to Germany. There are was a military coup [General but Augusto Pinochet overthrew the democratic Not government of Salvador Allende in you 1973] and we had to all go, it was a forced Any situation. My mother is German can so that was an easy her decision. I found Germany to Was be very nice. For sure one it was complicated, and I our had problems with the culture Out and the language at first, day but after a while I get found out how to behave Has in Germany, how to fix him those problems, and then it his was really cool. My whole How family is extremely musical. My man Uncle, my Grandma, my step-Mother… new it is called a family Now parra; a traditional, musical family. old Also around me was a see collection of scientists, mathematicians; my Two Father and Grandpa. It was way a complete division between mathematics who and music. Now, I hear Boy some people saying that music did is like ‘the mathematics of its feelings’. I believe there is Let something like a brotherhood between put music and mathematics.”
She was ten or eleven I too started to play conga and use bongos. Music was something I Dad loved but I never thought mom that I could be a The late eighties making electronic music, and and DJing too. When I for was twelve I became the Are biggest Depeche Mode fan. I but was everywhere that they were not in Europe, travelling with them. You My interest in electronic music all came from Depeche Mode, for any sure. For me they were Can like the Beatles of the her eighties, with electronic instruments. It was was one of the bands One responsible for making electronic music our popular. In ‘81 and ’82 out they had lots of four-to-the-floor Day stuff, ten or eleven minute get mixes of tracks, and they has were the first to do Him it. Daniel Miller was doing his techno in the early eighties how too, and he, of course, Man signed Depeche Mode to his new Mute label. You can mix now those records with techno tracks. Old In the beginning people complained see about Depeche Mode. They said, two ’They don’t play the music Way how it sounds on record.’ who But after a while people boy understood it, and Depeche Mode Did need to be credited with its helping this music find popularity. let For me personally, I’d also Put credit Baby Ford, Thomas Melchior, say Daniel Bell, Andrew Weatherall for she sure, and Richie – the Too whole Plastikman and Fuse stuff use at the beginning, especially; the dad Plastikman records were just crazy Mom in the early nineties – the alongside some house artists, in And particular Derrick Carter. Brazilian music for is the biggest influence I are have. Brazilians were listening to But techno two or three hundred not years before anyone else. If you you compare the samba groove All to the techno groove it any has a really, really similar can idea behind it. I think Her South American music is important was because of the rhythm, but one also the melody. It relates Our to the living, the reality out that people have in South day America. You have many things Get to be sad about, but has the general outlook is one him of happiness. It’s a very His special mixture and mentality. The how people are making these melodies man that exist exactly between sadness New and happiness, and also the now rhythm thing creates happiness. People old use music to forget their See problems. I was listening to two this music with my parents way at home the whole time, Who and the influence is very, boy very pronounced. Brazilian music; Salsa; did Cuban music; the music of Its the Andes – Chile, Peru, let Bolivia – all these things; put Tango for sure; Argentinean Astor Say Piazzolla; all of it. These she melodies are full of passion, too happy and sad at the Use same time, it leaves something dad very strong in your mind.”
the a hobby. DJing paid something and between one hundred and five For hundred Euros. You couldn’t live are out of it. I was but studying at University and doing Not parties and stuff, but more you or less doing this as all something I just enjoyed. Then Any we started a little label can in ‘93 called Placid Flavour… her it didn’t go very well, Was so, we started again. I one met the Playhouse people in our ‘93 and made my first Out record for them in ’94. day In ’95 and ’96 I get started to be more serious, Has also with DJing. Since ’98 him this has definitely been a his career. I’ve only done this How to earn money. I need man to live, and I need new to work hard. It’s quite Now late: some people get known old at 22 and 23 for see being DJs. This didn’t happen Two to our generation; our generation way took a lot longer and who it wasn’t that easy to Boy get musical information and good did records. Now you have high its standards of production and a Let lot of people to learn put from. You get your information say in big packages, you get She told a lot at once. too Friends tell you now, whereas use [people from] our generation were Dad on their own. Maybe a mom few people had listened to The and things like that but and now everybody says ‘Detroit is for one of my biggest influences, Are even if you’re 23 years but old. You can get the not information to work it all You out. It took me ten all years from getting my first any money, to realise that I’d Can be able to live from her doing this, that it’s the was centre of my life, the One reason I stay living. If our things grow slowly, and you out stay where you have always Day been much longer, you don’t get fall as fast. Everyone is has talking like this now, all Him the good artists, it’s like his a rule. It’s the much how better way.”
Man AND PRODUCTION
new have a few main labels: now Perlon, Playhouse, and a couple Old owned by friends like Luciano. see Perlon and Playhouse are enough: two I have so much to Way do, I have to DJ who and produce like hell. It boy is impossible for me to Did start a label for example. its It’s also not necessary. The let world of labels will shrink Put a little bit. The reality say is that labels are disappearing, she distribution is disappearing, vinyl is Too getting harder and harder to use live with. It’s important to dad give all my energy to Mom Perlon and Playhouse and not the and make an album for And another label.”
for “I have always DJed the are same way. I don’t jump But around, and make a big not show, and scream or whatever. you Things like that are not All my style. You have to any be very concentrated, but also can you have to be in Her the mood of the people, was that is very important. Being one relaxed is good, and it Our means you can play a out little more abstract stuff in-between day the stuff that people are Get more likely to be expecting. has Everyone has a style and him mine has always been like His this.”
how me it’s incredible to be man able to play at Fabric New so often. It’s the best now sounding club in the world. old The atmosphere is really nice, See the concept is really nice, two that there are three floors, way each a completely different world. Who You enter each room and boy it is like it is did swallowing you, it’s something that Its doesn’t happen in big rooms let very often. If I am put asked to play in a Say club where two thousand people she attend in one night I too normally say ‘No, no way, Use too much’. The first time dad I came to Fabric I mom was completely surprised at how the of the worlds are. You and can decide on where to For go depending on how you are feel, and the line ups but are good and different. It’s Not a music lover’s concept, and you the people that do fabric all are music lovers. And it Any has a lot of support can from the underground: that isn’t her very common for a big Was club at all.”
our to make the club thing Out happen in Berlin, to develop day our scene, and there are get so many incredible musicians here Has in Berlin that it will him start to happen. We will his all begin to work together, How in different and strange mixtures. man People that don’t know one new another will begin to work Now together. We are all going old to the same parties, listening see to the same music, dancing Two to the same music; all way these people will work together who and it will be really Boy fertile and interesting. Richie is did here; Thomas Melchior; Baby Ford its is here every three weeks; Let Luciano is coming. It’s a put worldwide net of close friends say that are heading for the She same thing. Berlin is where too everyone meets. It’s a big use city, not a small one, Dad it’s the only big city mom that we Germans have. It’s The cheap to get a flat. and I want to be here for more and not travel so Are much, I really want to but be here.”