Using that capital of Spain as his playground, musical mastermind Abel Ramos has proven a name for himself in the electronic music scene. With a sound unique to his own Ramos constantly breaks the genre barriers by creating powerful tunes and addictive sets.
Remixing the likes of David Guetta, Fatboy Slim, Mariah Carey and more, his tracks can be found amongst some of the biggest DJ sets in the world. Hailing from Madrid, Ramos has used his surroundings to create new and inviting sounds using big room and an eclectic mix of groovy house, dirty electro and techno beats. Us at EPIC were fortunate enough to catch up with the busy star and discuss the Spanish music industry, musical inspirations, and more! Check it out below!
EPIC PRODUCTIONS: The music industry in Spain must differ so much from other European countries, as well as the US. Can you tell us any differences that you really enjoy between the scenes?
What I enjoy the most about the Spanish industry is that we have loads of great DJs and producers but I have to recognize that I really like the US and European industry because of their labels, they combine marketing with the DJ business and that´s something that, in my opinion, doesn´t happen in Spain as much as in the other countries.
EPIC PRODUCTIONS: You have been in the industry for quite some time, have you faced any hardships to get to where you are now in your career?
I have never had hardships in the whole meaning of the word but the truth is that the lane hasn´t been easy at all. Above all my beginnings weren´t as easy as people could think but if I had to choose a hard moment, it would be the present day, where everything changes so fast that you have to do your best to be on the ball.
EPIC PRODUCTIONS: You have been notarized and worked alongside some huge names in the electronic industry. Do you have any favorites thus far?
The one I like the most is Axwell, I think he is the twenty first century genius
EPIC PRODUCTIONS: Do you have any upcoming collaborations in the works that you can share with us?
I´m working on a new collab with Eddie Thoneick. Our first project was incredible and I think that our new collab is gonna be as amazing as the first one.
EPIC PRODUCTIONS: Can you explain your musical background and how you got into electronic music - who has been your biggest inspiration thus far?
I have never had someone I really followed/ looked up to. I got into this world by chance and after a couple of years playing in clubs for a couple of notes, people started to cheer me up to work on my career in a formal way.
EPIC PRODUCTIONS: What have been some of your favorite shows or festivals to play and why?
I love to play in Green Valley in Brazil. Is the most amazing club I have ever seen. I remember with pleasure too my performance in Dance Valley and my favourite one without a doubt was my show at Sensation Madrid. The vibe there was incredible, I could say it was magical!
EPIC PRODUCTIONS: How do you get ready for a show? Any pre-show rituals? Do you usually plan your sets out or just go with the flow?
I never plan my sets and I would never do so. I respect the ones who do it but it is against my ideals. The only ritual I have is to go one hour before I have to start my show to the club to listen what the dj is playing because I don´t like to play the same tracks!
EPIC PRODUCTIONS: If you had to explain your sound to someone who has never listened to you before, what would you say?
My sound is very energetic. I like to produce and play for the dance floor.
EPIC PRODUCTIONS: What is one piece of advice you wish you had when you first started out that you can share with people who are just now getting into the industry?
My advice would be that they have to be very constant, they have to mark their objectives and be originals. They need to try to have the best sounds on their productions and don´t stop listening different kinds of music styles 24 hours a day. Live with music and think about music.
EPIC PRODUCTIONS: Last question - favorite food of all time?
Japanese food! I really love it!
Ramos just released two sets on SoundCloud and will be traveling to Belgium on July 24th to play a historic set at TommorrowLand. For more information, check out Abel Ramos's social media links below.
AUTHOR CREDIT: CHEYENNE HAVENS