The 251th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Nicolas Ruiz.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I’m 26 years old. At this moment I live in Argentina, the city of Posadas in the province of Misiones. I’ve been producing for four years now, and I started my dj career when I was 14, thought more seriously since I turned 18.
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.”
Since i was a Little kid i felt a huge interest in some world renowned bands, as well as pop music and old school house. My first memory of electronic music it’s when I listened to the set of Hernan Cattaneo of Moonpark 2003, i Heard it in a Buenos Aires radio station just as I moved back to live in Argentina after leaving for a couple of years with my parents in Switzerland, it was metro dance. One of my oldest Friends, who is like a brother to me, Martin Campanella, recorder it in a cassette and we will listen to it all day long. Thanks to that set, I told myself that’s what I will like to do in my future.
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?
In 2011 I went back to live in Switzerland, by that time I wasn’t producing yet. It took me a long time and huge efforts to learn how to produce, tons of hours sitting down and watching tutorials. I never took any classes, I’m pretty much self taught. I tried to do my best and learn from my mistakes . It took many hours, a lot of Argentinean mates, coffees, it’s like that that I learnt to produce. I’ve received a lot of advice and help from some of my Friends and colleges who are producers as well, like Rodrigo Mateo, Marcelo Vasami, Grazianno Raffa, Franco Bianco, Marko Zalasar. Living far away the only way of talking with them was trough Skype, so long distance.
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 most difficult part from production is to be able to finish with a coherent sound, and do it just like i have it in my head, but it’s the funniest part as well, I’m very perfectionist and until I don’t get it just right i don’t stop. The easiest part for me it’s to make a loop, which I love to do. When I have a creative block I like to go for a run or going to ride my bike, getting some fresh air.
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?
A normal day for me starts with the classic Argentinean Mate or a cup a coffee, I check my emails to see the dates when I have presentations to do on weekends, checking up some promos, preparing some sets. Checking up what’s happening in the world, most tan anything in the music industry. As well as opening my desktop and working in any Project Ableton live has for me.
I have a couple of Jobs outside djing, I do some designs for a couple of companies in Argentina as well as some marketing for them.
In my free time i like to go to the river to think a bit, enjoy the fresh air, as well as to see some of my Friends whenever i have 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 effect on your own productions?
A part from electronic music, I’m very into soul and jazz music as well as Argentinean Rock. Soda estéreo and Gustavo Cerati are one of my favourite artists, they have a lot of effect on my music because just like them I like to put a lot of harmony and soul to my music.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
The first CD i bought was the one of Michel Jackson History, it’s still one of the albums i love the most.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Something that could surprise people is that my second production, my second track was sealed in Hope recordings and it went straight to the disc of the great Nick Warren in his master series Renaissance. Till today its one of my dreams came true, it’s a huge success of my career as a producer.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
Right now I couldn’t answer this question. IF you would have asked me a couple of years ago i could have given you a couple of names. Nowadays this people are being recognized like Hernan for example, he has his own radio show in Argentina. People there are listening more and more electronic music this days.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
The producers who inspire me are Guy Gerber, Guy J and some others in that environment, from them it came all my inspiration.
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?
The advice I will give its to live life 24 hours a day, even the sleeping hours, to let everything flow and to keep looking what your searching for or what you want to achieve. Eveything arrives when it has to arrive.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Wow that’s a tricky question with tons of pressure, I will probably use a couple of the tracks of the big Guy J, but I think I could finish with one of Sasha and the one I remember the most and that has a special place in my heart will be the track of Lostep Burma (Sasha Remix) 12:00Min.
‘Calliope’ is out now on Dopamine Music, you can purchase the release: here