Music in 2018 ft. Rodriguez Jr.

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For our second instalment of ‘Music in 2018’, we’ve called upon a personal favourite: the brilliant Rodriguez Jr. A product of the south of France, Olivier Mateu is the man behind the internationally renowned alias. Rodriguez Jr. reveals a fascinating incarnation of Mateu’s musical psyche. Fusing elements of introspective electronica, melodic techno and catchy pop refrains, Rodriguez Jr. delivers captivating performances that continue to live in your body for days. His passion transcends the dance floor, and his contemplative nature makes him one of today’s most respected artists. Here to discuss what music sounded like this past year, it’s Rodriguez Jr.

The most memorable/ impactful moment I had in the studio this year was… 

I have created a project called RJLA alongside Liset Alea and this is a platform from which we can both depart from our comfort zones and venture into new and unknown musical territories. When I set up my studio, one of the first tracks we created together was Part The Sea, and we started the song with an acoustic bass, which was very exciting because all of a sudden I was in the middle of a risk, I was working in developing a track in a more traditional musical way and It was very refreshing to me. When one works constantly alone in the studio, we end up by attaching ourselves to our known recipes.

My favourite conversation with a fellow DJ in 2018 was with…

London, backstage with Birgir from GUSGUS, he came to a show I played and we had a very inspiring chat about production. He has a way of bringing things to light and focusing on certain points where frequencies clash which creates an unexpected power in his productions. He often refers to the band Tangerine Dream, where they create a sort of emotional artefact by repeating  and blending sequences, this reminder was very good to hear.

I think that now more than ever, music is a link between different cultures or social classes. We need music now more than ever.

In 2018, I feel music helped people to…

Sometimes I play in countries where the political and economic situation is tough and I’m always amazed to see how people keep on partying in spite or because of this.

I think that now more than ever, music is a link between different cultures or social classes. We need music now more than ever.

5 years from now, I’d like to see the industry evolve in the following ways…

CURATION! The biggest challenge facing us is the curation of music in this world of democratized music. Curation will allow for talent to surface above the masses and will help to reveal the real artists who will truly change and affect us and the musical landscape, instead of the fabricated « artists » we get by the dozen every day.

The most important lesson I learned in 2018 is…

This is not something I learned necessarily this year, but I am constantly faced with new reasons to believe in it every year, and it is that one must try to be oneself as much as possible, and in fact now more than ever we should try to be our true selves in music, remove the masks and create from our most authentic selves. It’s the only way to distinguish yourself and create in an industry that is more and more formatted and saturated.


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