Drugs are everywhere, not only in parties. The real thing is that if you choose to use it or not. I make my music so people can “get high” without using any drugs.
Victor Ruiz! Finally techno gets sexy! It took them long enough!
Victor Ruiz is a name that currently gets the deep house-meets-techno crowd all giddy when you mention him. For now anyway. I’m sure those that regard themselves as proper techno aficionados find him a bit too housey but hey, not even house is a dirty word now that we have EDM, right?
No morbid, desolate techno in his bag. You know the kind? When even the introduction of a snare on the track is a highlight?
The way Ruiz does it is how we love it down south in Africa. Funky, techy groooves.
We chatted to Victor about the FIFA World Cup, drugs, legalizing weed and the not always glamorous life of the traveling DJ…
São Paulo – When I was there 10 years ago the city was jammed up (actual traffic jams) every weekend with so many clubbers. Is the city still so crazy on weekends downtown, where all the clubs are?
Victor Ruiz: Well, Sao Paulo is now more chaotic than ever. You can have traffic jams (sometimes) at 1 AM on weekends. So, yes, it’s still crazy. The nightlife in SP is really big and diverse.
What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in electronic music in Brazil in the past 10 years?
Victor Ruiz: I’ve been in the electronic music scene since 2006, so I can say it to you about the last 8 years. The club scene was mostly Techno, Minimal Techno and Tech House. Really great line ups, and the people used to have more information about it. Now the electronic scene is so big that are several different genres.
The open air scene used to be more Psychedelic Trance and Progressive/Electro House. Now it’s EDM, Deep House and “Techno”.
Your music is a heady mix of techno, house and elastic (almost electro) style basslines at times. Who were your biggest influences when you first started out?
Victor Ruiz: I came from Rock ‘n’ Roll and Heavy Metal, so there are a lot of bands that influenced me. Electronic Music: definitely Daft Punk. I used to watch their video clip from “Around The World” on MTV and was always thinking “who are these guys with these amazing sounds?”
And who impresses you nowadays?
Victor Ruiz: This is hard to answer. Music, today, mostly sound always the same. It’s like plastic, you know?! There are really great producers that I am always listening to as well.
Such as Maetrik / Maceo Plex, Stephan Bodzin, Christian Smith, Boris Brejcha, Joop Junior, Alex Stein and some other crazy dudes.
Brazil has one of the most thriving electronic music scenes in the world. What do you wish could be different in your home country?
Victor Ruiz: I love playing in Brazil, because it is really big, so every region you go is different. One thing that should be different is that the clubs could have better and real DJ’s, not “promoter DJ’s” who are there only because they bring people to the club.
Techno/tech house etc is often thought to be ‘cocaine music’. What are your thoughts on this and indeed on party drugs and electronic music in general?
Victor Ruiz: Drugs are everywhere, not only in parties. The real thing is that if you choose to use it or not. I make my music so people can “get high” without using any drugs.
Victor Ruiz: Cannabis is actually an amazing plant. It’s really medicinal, it’s really great to make clothes and this kind of stuff, and it works for other things as well. The seed of cannabis is one of the healthiest seeds in the planet. Also, if you see the statistics of the countries that Marijuana is legalized, you can see lower rates of crimes.
So, yes, I think it should be legalized, but in the right way to use it.
DJ’ing around the world sounds glamorous but in truth there are a lot of hours spent in airport lounges, hotel rooms etc. How do you keep yourself occupied during these times and what technology do you use on the road?
Victor Ruiz: Thankfully I can travel a lot with my girl, who is also my partner in our audiovisual project (she’s a VJ), so we can spend a lot of time together. Whenever she can’t come with me, I am always trying to make music on the road, only with my laptop and my headphones.
Brazil – world cup! A very touchy subject right now with all the fraud allegations and stadiums not ready on time. What’s your opinion of it all?
Victor Ruiz: I am not a soccer fan, and I know how real life is in Brazil. A lot of public money was spent to build this event, and I am not supporting it. It is fun to watch the games, but I can’t relax when I know everything it’s behind it.
South Africa – you have a big following here. Have you heard much about our country and do you know any music producers/DJs from our country?
Victor Ruiz: I was always interested to go to South Africa. Everyone that goes there says to me it’s a beautiful country and the parties are awesome, so I am really looking forward to go and party with you guys!
You can catch Victor Ruiz in Cape Town and JHB at these events…
- Hello presents Victor Ruiz at 31 Shortmarket Street
- Teknotribe 11th Birthday Bash feat. Victor Ruiz (Brazil)
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