We have the opportunity now to introduce an artist from Rio de Janeiro/Brazil:
Ivan Ramos aka Radio Guidance.
Radio Guidance – Alphabet Center
Update: Alphabet Center E.P. out now including some remixes.
As always, here is the interview:
Schallwellenmagie: Since when are you active as a producer ?
Radio Guidance: DJ since 2003, producer since 2006
Schallwellenmagie: Who or what has you most strongly affected to make music ?
Radio Guidance: Actually I came from a family where music was always very present, so it is part of my day-to day since ever. I think making music is a challenge that never runs out and it always leaves me wanting to work more in search of new harmonies, rhythms and musical structures. Dedication and persistence are the key to achieve a result artistically relevant.
Schallwellenmagie: Who are the artists with the biggest influence on your music ?
Radio Guidance: It´s not a simple question, but certainly that´s some important influences: Model 500, John Coltrane, Kraftwerk, Daniel Bell, Basic Channel, Carl Craig, Lee Perry.
Schallwellenmagie: How long does it take you to produce a track usually and at what aspect of producing you spent most of your time?
Radio Guidance: It depends, but considering that I was already happy with the global idea, I believe that on average two weeks. Equalization, compression, limiting, noise reduction and other processes consume a lot of time, but I like to do. I like to sculpt the sounds and turn my musical message clear.
Schallwellenmagie: What is the biggest challenge for you when creating a new track ?
Radio Guidance: The biggest challenge is to create an interesting dynamic that hold the attention, have feel and make dance.
Schallwellenmagie: How difficult is it for you to find one point on which you can let stand a track how it is, without making changes again and again?
Radio Guidance: Well, In my case this happens when I feel that there is a reason for every movement, every element in this music… it´s not something easy to explain. When I´m changing too much is because the initial idea was not good and then the project goes to the refrigerator.
Schallwellenmagie: Tell us about the hard/software you are using to create electronic music.
Radio Guidance: Softwares: Ableton Live and some VSTs like Reaktor and Absynth. Hardware: Motu soundcard, Vírus TI , Roland SH 101, mixer Yamaha MG124cx, Yamaha monitors.
Schallwellenmagie: Your currently number one DJ/Live acts?
Radio Guidance: DJ Ricardo Villalobos
Schallwellenmagie: Your currently number one clubs / Live Festivals?
Radio Guidance: MOO parties in Rio.
Schallwellenmagie: If you are DJing: do you prefer Vinyl or CD? Do you use DJ software? Are you performing live?
Radio Guidance: For now I’m presenting as a DJ . I played vinyls until 2006, when I went to use Ableton Live for djing.
Schallwellenmagie: What can we expect from you in the near future?
Radio Guidance: Certainly more releases. This track „Alphabet Center“ is part of an EP called „Lexico“ that will be released (for free) on brazillian netlabel Motronic very soon.
I´m looking for other interesting labels to release my music too.