Ritzi Lee makes his debut at Corsica Studios this Sunday. He’ll play a 3h set, backed up by the forces of Jaded residents Raymundo Rodriguez and Chris Stanford.
Ray grabbed 5 minutes with the Dutch techno master ahead of what promises to be a visceral journey through the deep and dark all sewn together with effects from his trusty 909…
We know you have had a lot of experience in making music, could you tell us at what stage or release did you start to feel really comfortable and confident in your production process, and what was the main thing that that cultivated the change i.e. hardware software or studio location etc ?
Hey Ray! I would say around 2008 was a real turning point for me when I had the idea that I found a real signature sound. This happened during producing my first EP for Ben Sims his Theory UK label. The way the tracks sound and where arranged kind of draws a big red line through all my compositions till now. I think using a real 909 in my techno music did pulled it to the next level. I’ve always tried to reach that type of sound with the most difficult sounds and situations, but with the 909 it all came together. From there on my studio slowly transformed from a 90% digital studio to a 80% analog situation now. The last 2 / 3 years really setted my trademark sound with releases on Theory, Belief System, Tortured records etc.
Your Underground Liberation label has been running since 2003, can you give us 3 standout moments that have given you the most satisfaction from all the hard work you have put into it?
Underground Liberaton started as an idea to put pure timeless techno sounds back on track in a situation where the market was 99% minimal music. I can say that after many years my wish came true. I can look back at a catalogue with masterpieces and collaborations with artists that I really respect and like.
Techno is a vast and varied beast, what in your opinion makes a good track, is it all about the production or just the vibe it creates on the floor or both?
There is no formula to define a good track really. I always look for the core or the soul of each track. And try to get the best out of it. Of course tension, suspense, something different is always welcome. And like any artform to create something that is never created before, that is the challenge.
How about the Techno scene in general in the Netherlands and globally, what do you think of the direction it’s heading in? Do you still feel the excitement you felt when you first started?
In general I think the techno scene is getting better. Anyway better then 3 years ago. At the same time I have a feeling some people are focussing to much in a negative way to other (EDM) scene’s. Better spend your energy making good music and playing good gigs every time when you have the chance. In the end people really just want to get lost in the sound. We as techno artists have a big responsibility. It as always like that and it will stay like that. Like next sunday. I will start with an empty mind and let me guide myself with the vibe of the party. 🙂
And finally what is coming up for you, releases, projects, gigs etc?
I’m having material coming up on Tommy Four Seven his new 47 label. I’m working on an EP for Klockworks. And there are 2 more high profile labels where I planned something for this year where I still am not allowed to announce the labels yet.
Thanks Ritzi… Catch him this Sunday at Jaded at Corsica Studios. His set time is 0930-12:30.