The 184th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Eze Ramirez.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I am 28 years old, live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for 2 years I produce, and 4 of dj ing.
2. Where do your musical roots lie, what are your first memories of electronic music and when did you know you wanted to pursue it seriously? Are there any particular productions or artists from the past that really made you think to yourself ‘this is what I want to do.”
In the year 99, I remember hearing an album that caught my attention, which belonged to Capo Ferraro – En Llamas, that was the key to enter this world, until in 2005 I had my hands on the disc change completely my life, Renaissance The Masters Series: Hernán Cattaneo, Volume 2, as of this moment I knew that was what I wanted for my life
3. How difficult was learning to produce for you in the beginning? Did you take any Audio Engineering programs or production courses to help you out or are you pretty much self taught? And did anyone give any advice early on that really helped?
I never went to any school, taking classes with some people, it all started with my friend Nahuel, we started with the REASON and we then started using LIVE, I learned alot from him, I really like studying and reading, every day learning something new.
4. What parts of the production process do you find the most difficult and what comes easiest for you? When you do hit a creative block what helps you through it?
The first thing I do is know what kind of sound and style I want for my new track, then start looking for the idea, always in a different way, sometimes making a battery, sometimes making a melody, but at some point the process stopped in my head, and I need a break, a distraction, when as more relaxed than I am totally doing something else, being with friends, watching a movie, at some point I started brainstorming at this time is when you return to the studio, and I can continue.
5. What’s a normal day like for you? Do you have a job outside of electronic music? And what do you like to do when you’re not working on music?
Right now I’m not working, my day is pretty simple, I have some obligations as everyone, I teach Ableton Live at home, after this, spend time with the music, I’m with my friends, my producer friends, I am with my family, I like to read in my spare time,
6. Apart from electronic music what other genres do you listen to and who are your favourite artists outside of electronic? and do these genres or artists have a direct effort on your own productions?
If I like hearing other things, I really like Radiohead, the discs are very different, Thom Yorke is an amazing artist, I like listening to old records as Ultra or Exciter Depeche Mode, I like The Cure to Justin Timberlake – the 20/20 Experience, very good album, all this somehow influences my music.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
Oh! friend, I bought so many that is a difficult question, I can tell you that most influenced me, Gustavo Cerati – Bocanada, Radiohead – OK Computer, Hernan Cattaneo Masters Series Vol 2 The Chemical Brother -. Come with Us, the last one remember was Radiohead – king of limbs.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I like to help people when they deserve it
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
The vast majority, there is a lot of talent here where I live, we have to support the national producer, giving more space to all, tired always see the same.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Entire band of israel today is the sound I most related event
11. There are countless producers out there trying to find their way and create their own unique sound, what advice do you have for them?
Patience and perseverance
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
The next I’m doing.
‘Rose’ EP is out now on 3rd Avenue, you can purchase the release: here