#104 - Dany Rodriguez
With his own personal twist on the series. Dany produces a techno singular vision with a live set of 22 productions across a 90 minute landscape. With techno as his main production style, here he showcases his diverse electronic talent whilst shifting between experimental ambient and the floor.
Last year Dany released the album ‘D’Visions’, the follow up to 2016’s ‘Galaxies Compared’. Since his first purchase of music equipment - a set of turntables and a mixer – he has in the last few years realized a long-term goal. By the age of 17 he was already the resident DJ of ‘La Chapelle’ in Liège. His career as a DJ was then kick-started with the help of longtime friend Eric Frere (DJ XENTRIX) and producer Sierra Sam (Sammy Gossens), both of whom encouraged Dany to create his own tracks.
With RMR, Dany has released productions from himself and remixers such as James Ruskin, The Advent, Marco Bailey, Chris Tietjen, Oliver Way and Ben Long, Alexander Kowalski, Jay Denham, Mark Broom, DJ Surgeles and more. Other artists who he has collaborated with include Joey Beltram, Ben Sims, Space DJz, Sian, John Selway, Mikael Jonasson, Patrick de Meyer, 32 CRASH, FRONT 242, David Carretta, The Hacker and The Neon Judgement.
As a DJ, throughout his two-decade career so far, Dany has performed at a wide range of festivals and events such as Nature One Festival in Germany, BPM Festival Mexico, Sonar Festival Barcelona, Ostend beach Belgium and City Parade as well as clubs such as Tresor Berlin, Bar Americas Mexico, Fuse Club Brussels, Fabrik Spain BCN…
Dany continues to run his record label RMR (vinyl & digital) and is touring worldwide with his LINK Festival concept.
Dany plays @ 'Liege <3 Acid' on 05 May alongside Acid Kirk 2.0, Xentrix and EPM’s Oliver Way.
Q&A with Dany Rodriguez
1. How did you approach the live set? Was it a different process to how you would perform in a club?
I tried to reflect my moods - some tracks are more bright and coloured and others darker. I tried to have a good story and give energy and emotion. It is quite a similar process if I compare it to a clubbing session but perhaps in a club I would go more quickly to the point (depends also on where I play and in which context).
2. What were your main pieces of equipment?
My main pieces on these tracks I would say are: for bass I mostly used quite a lot of the PRO1 sequential circuits, other leads are coming from the Wave XT and I love the Kurzweill K2500 for pads and strings. I performed this session Live as sequencer and play the different parts of tracks with a controller and drum machines and effects such as a Lexicon Delay and the D TWO from TC Electronic.
3. How old were you when you moved from Spain to Belgium? What impact did it have on you?
I was very young - only 1 year and half so I did not have souvenirs from that period. However, now after the all these years when I go on vacation with my parents and see the family I can feel the culture of Spain is in my blood and I feel Spanish but I live all my life in Belgium.
4. What were your early clubbing experiences?
My very first experience with electronic music was around 1997 when I saw Dave Clarke playing at FUSE and I was extremely impressed with the presentation.
5. Can you remember the feeling when you first started DJing at ‘La Chapelle’ in Liège?
If I can be honest, I was stressed and at the same time very excited to finally play in a club. I remember that a friend here in Liege invited me to play for the first time and the club was packed. I was very nervous but at the same time it was a unique feeling.
6. What advise did local friends DJ Xentrix and Sammy Goosens give you?
DJ Xentrix was the very first who gave me a hand into the scene in Liège as my brother Rapahel was a good friend of his. He gave me the chance to play B2B with him at nice events and at the same time he gave me his fire & passion for electronic music. Sammy (Sierra Sam) really gave me so much advise on musical projects and opened my eyes to lots of very interesting musical things as he is a very talented musician. These two people where extremely important for my initial musical projects.
7. Was Belgian Nu-Beat a big influence for you?
Yes definitely. I did the play back of Confetis ‘The Sound of C’ when I was 5 years old as it had a smiley on the jacket :à) This is I think the very first influence of electronic music for me!
8. Describe a perfect ‘non-music’ day?
I like to spend time with my family and also drive with my moto bike and my mountain bike. This really helps me to have fresh energy in studio.
9. What’s next for 2018?
I am developing a new project with my wife, Tindra called ‘Pearl Vision’. The first EP will appear soon.
10. What one piece of equipment could you not live without?
If I must choose one, I’ll say my synth - Seqential Circuits PRO1.
EPM Podcast 104 Tracklist – Dany Rodriguez
01: Dany Rodriguez - Voyager - RMR
02: Ben Long - Open Doors (Dany Rodriguez Remix) EPM Music
03: Dany Rodriguez - Galaxies Compared - RMR
04: Dany Rodriguez - Natural Symphony - RMR
05: Dany Rodriguez - Moon Reflects - RMR
06: Dany Rodriguez - Birds Around - RMR
07: Dany Rodriguez - Labirynth - RMR
08: Dany Rodriguez - Voagage Extra Lucide - RMR
10: Dany Rodriguez - Machine Exchanges - MBR
11: Dany Rodriguez - Behind - RMR
12: Dany Rodriguez - Elium - RMR
13: Dany Rodriguez - Landscapes - RMR
14: Dany Rodriguez - System R - RMR
15: Dany Rodriguez - Connected - RMR
16: Dany Rodriguez - Inside - RMR
17: Dany Rodriguez - Expo 97 - RMR
18: Dany Rodriguez - Your Mind - RMR
19: Dany Rodriguez - Telescope - RMR
20: Dany Rodriguez - 2 Say - RMR
21: Dany Rodriguez - Atomic Vision - Potential Recordingz (out soon)
22: Dany Rodriguez - Busca – (unreleased)
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