All About : Ricardo Villalobos

All About : Ricardo Villalobos

Ricardo Villalobos is a Chilean electronic music producer and DJ born in the capital of Chile, Santiago, in the year 1970. He moved to Germany with his family at the age of three after General Augusto Pinochet overthrew the socialist government of Salvador Allende in 1973. Ricardo started to play conga and bongos at an early age of 10. In his childhood home there was a steady coming and going of other South Americans living in exile and the Villalobos family liked to enjoy the music from their remote home country, preferably with a quite un-German sound volume. Salsa and South American folklore were joined by operas, rock and later by pioneers of electronic music like Tangerine Dreams or Kraftwerk. Ricardo’s father gave him the chance to develop his innate musicality by introducing him to music from all kinds of genres and cultures. From a very young age he has been a big fan of Depeche Mode, following their tours around Europe to listen to them. He began making electronic music in the late 80's. His infallible feel for rhythm has always been one of his major characteristics and it shows in his own productions as well as in his choice of records or his ability to make his sets so coherent and homogeneous. Though he loved music, he could never see himself as a musician.



Villalobos began to play his music at parties while he was studying at university, but this was only for his own enjoyment. He takes much of his inspiration from Depeche Mode, as well as other artists such as Daniel Miller, Thomas Melchior, Baby Ford, Daniel Bell and Andrew Weatherall. In 1988 he played for the first time in a club, armed with his considerable, wide-ranging record collection. He started his own label, Placid Flavour, in 1993 but this was unsuccessful. In 1992 he released his first production on the label Overdrive. At the same time, Ricardo became quite famous in Darmstadt and Frankfurt for other reasons entirely, he organized illegal parties in empty buildings or under highway bridges - those who were there still talk about it with shining eyes. In this environment he first rubbed shoulders with Frankfurt veterans like Ata and Heiko M/S/O or Roman Flügel and Jörn Elling Wuttke (Alter Ego) from Darmstadt. After his first release on Playhouse, the Ongaku crew invited Ricardo to play at the Eclipse Rave in Chile; that was the first of his many visits to his native country. He and other musicians like Atom Heart or Dandy Jack had a strong impact on the burgeoning Chilean house and techno movement. After his first trip to Ibiza in 1995, Ricardo adopted the island as a third home. Villalobos began DJing as a professional in 1998. He played at a Cocoon event at Amnesia in 1999 and joined the Cocoon booking agency later that year. In 2006 Villalobos, along with Richie Hawtin and Luciano, played to around 300,000 people at the Berlin Loveparade. At the end of 2008 and 2010, he came first in Resident Advisor's Top 100 DJs of the year.




For two decades Ricardo Villalobos has played and created records that have consistently re-aligned the spectrum of electronic music. Ricardo Villalobos is a gift to dance music that keeps on giving. He's provided the world with hours and hours of mind-blowing sounds, his DJ sets are consistently triumphs, and it’s not often you find an artist who carries such an infectious energy. Today there isn’t a continent where Ricardo hasn’t played, his choice of music is trend-setting for other Djs and fans alike, and even though his tracks are never commercial, they are immensely successful and he’s well known even beyond the borders of the underground music scene. He is regarded as one of the most important minimal DJs in Europe, alongside other talented chilean djs and producers such as Luciano Nicolet (an occasional collaborator) and Dandy Jack. There really is only one Ricardo Villalobos, and as he’s a lot to handle, we should be thankful for that.

Ricardo Villalobos is perfoming again this year at Epizode, we strongly recommend to witness this legend live this year in Vietnam. 
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BY Nikhil Sharma

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