The 104th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Ri Za.
1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?
It is very hard to say, because there was lot of great electronic music which influenced me, but generally I was grown with The Prodigy, Chemical Bros, Orbital, Underworld, but when I think back on I think it was Prodigy first album.
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
I started with turntables in 2002, I had opportunity to learn magic of mixing, I had 6 cases full of good old techno borrowed from my good friend, but never started with playing gigs that time, I was younger and I loved to party that time. After few years I started to be more into music and generally inspired by Hernan, Sasha / Digweed / Deep Dish music. In 2010 I started to play locally here at clubs in my hometown. We had great community of clubbers here and very good clubs but after 2006-2007 it goes rapidly down and clubbers community here spread and new clubbers doesn’t have opportunity to be IN, because they are preferring EDM, so it’s a bit hard to play in country where Tiesto, Guetta and Hardwell are the only “DJ’s”
To your question first gig which I can mention is Synthesia (2012) with Eelke Kleijn, where I played after him. It was really strong moment for me, Eelke delivered amazing mix there I played also couple times in Prague (Cheapeu Rouge, Twister..) I can recommend Prague, really great people , beer, music everything
Last gig? I am playing once a month residential here in Kosice ( DJ’s Friday @Jazz Café) really small club but the atmosphere is many times really great there.
3. What was the first and last record you purchased?
first record? I think It was cassette of Prodigy.. but that time I listened also to Metallica, Slayer so I don’t really remember which was first. Last was new Thom Yorke album, I love his music soo much, his music is big influence for me.
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
I have started with music in very young age , when my grandfather brought me analog synthesizer from Russia . It was very simple synth, no presets no nothing just some sawtooth buzzing sound with some filter button. I was 6 years old and it was my favourite toy that time after then came Atari 800 where I started to compose tracks in CMC 2.0. It was 3 channel DAW but I made around 70 tracks there, made music to some demos and also Jurassic Park video game. After then I have started making music in Fast Tracker on my 486 but nothing serious, nothing released, just for fun. I played a guitar for some years too. After 15 years from there in 2013 I have started to do it again because of love and passion for a music. I think the best highlight is releases with great and strong labels such as Traum, System Recordings, LOOQ, Stellar Fountain, Baroque and others..
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I love MTB Downhill. This year I’d fall down bruised my left knee very bad so I couldn’t ride :/ also I am going to build a house next year with studio in it, so big challenge in the front of me. I also love 90’s hip hop music such as good old Cypress Hill, Wu Tang, 2pac, Snoop & Dre.
6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
very hard to say, I receive promos from lot of labels and have opportunity to know new artist and new undiscovered music. For me I think Amezquita do a really nice music, also Platunoff or Robert R. Hardy (for me I have to say undiscovered because I didn’t know them couple of months back) and of course my good friends Tomin Tomovic and guys from Sensoreal who showed me lot of techniques with music production and we’re making some music together
7. Which producers consistently inspire you?
Hernan Cattaneo, Sasha, Erdi Irmak,Henry Saiz, Khen/Guy Mantzur/Lonya/Sahar Z/Guy J, Marcelo Vasami, Arnas D, Phonic Scoupe, Chaim, Gabriel Ananda, Dominik Eulberg, Max Cooper, Andhim… I could name more and more
From classics its mainly Pink Floyd, Bjork, Radiohead, J.S.Bach…
8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?
I’d love to remix some M83 track, great music to be remixed and I love to be remixed by Henry Saiz, Gabriel Ananda and Chaim. I am amazed by their production.
9. Record labels are a dime a dozen these days, which ones if any standout for you?
Kompakt, Bedrock, Sudbeat, microCastle, Traum, Suara, Off Recordings, Watergate, Anjuna, Hope. These are TOP labels to me (or course there are more..) for a years and would love to release with them in future.
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
I Hate these question when I want to name several but had to pick one 😀 ok so lets say…hm…
GU and Renaissance series.
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: halusky s bryndzou (slovak national food), Beef steak, Chilli con carne, Fryied Cheese
Drink: Water and alcohol I like Rum (different types from South America)
Drug: music and weed
TV Show: I don’t watch TV
Movie: hard to pick.. but last time I saw new sci-fi movie with Johny Depp was quite nice
Video Game: Battlefield
Album: Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon / Animals
Track / Song: Thom Yorke – Mother Lode, David Douglas – Moon Observations Henry Saiz remix
Producer / Band: Wu-Tang Clan,, Thom Yorke, Henry Saiz, Charlie May, Bjork, Maceo Plex, Vincenzo
Record Label: Kompakt, Traum, Sudbeat, LNOE, microCastle,Proton / Particles, Tulipa, Outside the Box, Suffused, Mirabilis, System, Off, Crosstown Rebels, Suara, Stellar Fountain, LOOQ, Baroque and many more.
Nightclub: Roxy Prague, Club Studio Budapest
DJ: Sasha , Hernan Cattaneo, James Zabiela, Derrick May, R.Hawtin
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
I can’t really imagine right now. There is tons and tons of great music but Andhim HOSH – Captain could be nice also I still have much love for Ananda/Eulberg – Space Between Us.. or maybe some of my own production it depends
‘Dante’ is out now on Baroque Limited, you can purchase the release: here