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#FGSESSIONS: Ramon Tapia


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Ramon Tapia was born and raised in Holland, with a Dutch mother and Chilean father his upbringing had an eclectic mix of cultures which in turn developed and influences his decision to follow his father’s footsteps and become a musician. During his teenage years, he remembers the tales which sparked his imagination about dance music from his older sisters as they returned from a night out. During this time, he was listening to the early pioneers of Detroit techno and legends such as Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Kraftwerk and Front 242.

But his interest in techno soon developed after many nights out, and he later decided to move to Belgium’s capital, Antwerp originally to study as a jewelry and diamond cutter but he had a part time job in a record store which eventually decided where he wanted to take his career. Self Taught, he slowly learnt how to produce tracks solo, where initially he mainly produced a tougher sounding techno. But he found his resurgence in the late 2000’s, where Ramon was signed to labels including Herzblut, Craft and Yellow Tail, forging a new school techno sound that blended the slower, sexier sounds of the contemporary vibe he has been schooled on over the last decade.

In 2010, he selected a number of tracks to be featured on New York’s legendary Strictly Rhythm label with the “Strictly Rhythms Vol 6” compilation. Featured a selection of artists including Ramon himself, this is where he really catapulted his name into the limelight and was the biggest turning point of his career.

Soon thereafter the techno scene followed suit and his work was snapped up by 2000 And One’s label Remote Area, 100% Pure, Schinedoe’s Intacto, Secret Cinema’s label GEM Records and Tiga’s Turbo. This marked just the beginning of a long line of releases including a selection of EP’s and remixes to date which have come in the form of some amazingly talented and varied artists including Paul Weller, Armand Van Helden, Nic Fanciulli, Marc Romboy, Monika Kruse, Mauro Picotto, DJ Sneak and Umek. With a nice collection of releases on some of the best labels, in 2012 Ramon decided to start his very own imprint with “Say, What” Recordings With the aim on proper dancefloor techno 2018 started out with his “Manipulate ” EP on Adam Beyer’s Truesoul , followed by his debut on Dense & Pika’s Kneaded Pains with “Bang The Box ”.

Also His Groove Five Release on SayWhat and his highly acclaimed “Ex Tee Cee” release on Pig and Dan’s Elevate made high scores in that year 2019 has so far been one of the strongest years for Ramon, with releases on Adam Beyer’s Drumcode , Terminal M , Suara and playing on big festivals like Tomorrowland , Drumcode Festival and more



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