D.Ramirez Talks ‘The Hobo Jungle EP’ & More
UK Sheffield artist & DJ D Ramirez has been synonymous with cutting edge, forward thinking music since the release of ‘that’ genre defining remix of Bodyrox’s Yeah Yeah in 2006, but it’s the rich tapestry of production that followed that continues to entice tidal waves across the industry. Groundbreaking releases on Toolroom, such as 2009’s underground anthem Downpipe with Underworld & Mark Knight, and the inimitable Cevin Fisher collaboration ‘Restless’ (Great Stuff) in 2012.
He’s no slouch DJ wise, with various gigs around the world from Space & Cream Ibiza, Womb in Tokyo to Avalon in LA; or smashing sets at iconic festivals Glastonbury, Global Gathering and Australia Day in Sydney, D Ramirez is a definitive crowd puller across the globe.
1. Firstly, thanks for taking the time out to chat with us. Tell us where you are and how you are feeling right now.
I’m currently on a train traveling from Shoreditch High Street, London to Hackney Wick where my studio is. Although it’s really close, the train journey is a little awkward, so it takes a while (well you did ask).
2. Obviously, the topic for today is your new EP ‘The Hobo Jungle’ – tell us in your words a little bit about it.
I’m very proud of these two tracks and especially proud to be releasing it on Great Stuff (this is my 5th release with them now). “Control Of My Soul” has been kicking around for a good year as I never felt it was ready to unleash. I just had to admit that I would never believe it to be ready and just get it out there. “Feel It,” is a nod to my tribal house days where I’d go on a bit of a journey so there’s 2 very different tracks which is a kind of trademark of mine.
3. Where does your artist name emanate from, what’s its meaning & why did you choose it?
I normally tell people my father was a Cuban Coalminer as its far more interesting than the truth, as alas the actual reason isn’t that interesting. I guess I used the name D.Ramirez as it made me sound more like a big NY Hispanic DJ legend rather than some plain old English dude!
4. What keeps you motivated after all this time? Tell us about the highs and the lows.
My motivation comes from the music which I love, plain and simple. There’s historically been lots of highs and lows in my career – it’s seems you’re either hot or you’re not and when you’re not, that’s the trying times because there’s obviously no money to survive, so you have to learn to save some when you’re really making it for the times while you’re repositioning yourself so to speak.
5. What is the one piece of kit (in the studio) that you simply cannot do without?
It would undoubtedly be my Roland SH101 which I’ve had since 1983!! Still one of the best sounding synths I’ve ever owned – so punchy!
6. Where can your fans catch you in playing over the next few months and what is next for you – any IBIZA plans?
I have my own night called Motherload which is monthly at a club called East Bloc in Shoreditch, London, the next event is 11th July and we are taking over the Magic Roundabout (Old Street roundabout) for a special pre-party from 8. I have various bits and pieces around the world including Ibiza where I’ll hopefully be playing alongside my mate Denney in August.
7. What’s your opinion on the current state of house music?
I think house music is super healthy right now and I’m loving the deeper sounds coming into the mainstream. I can’t say I’ve ever been a fan of EDM but at least it’s brought mass awareness to the scene and hopefully these kids will grow up to love real house music which I’ve loved since day 1.