Hello guys. For our new article we will publish in our webmagazine: FIVE MINUTES WITH … We chose to interview the co-founder of ELECTRONIC FOG (Italian underground movement) RDMGRL. We hope you will find the content of these interesting questions, so that ye may know that some curiosity in the world of the nightlife and its characters.
Tell us a little about yourself. Who are you beyond the music?
R: I’m a graphic designer and I manage a small media agency. I have also a small recording and mixing studio where I produce some reggae, hip hop, techno artists.
What music do you listen to?
R: I listen to almost all kind of music, except heavy metal and hard rock. Most of all I prefer music that has a high percentage of low-frequency: dub, reggae, dubstep (sounds like Mala or Kode9), techno with dubby echoes and real deep house.
How did you get into music and how did you start your career?
R: I started writing songs and producing hip hop bases when I was 17. Now I’m 34… In my life I always have had many musical projects from rock to hip hop to reggae, so I never place barriers, it would be stupid to do so. I also work in theater as a sound designer.
What’s in your studio? At what daw you entrust yourself?
R: In my studio today I have a Mackie mixer from 90s, analog, with 24 channels. I have two monitors Yamaha Hs-80, a dozen compressors, gates and limiters. A Space Echo, other analog delays, a TR-626, a Boss DR-202 and SP-202 sampler. A Korg Volca Bass and a Korg Monotron. Various effects and multi-effects, an expander Yamaha TX-81Z. Some synths: Korg MS2000, Korg Poly 61, Farfisa Bravo, Kawai SX-210. Some percussion and wind instruments. I love Korg sound so much. My DAW is Ableton Live, regular licensed. Working with a cracked DAW is ridiculous, you’re never sure that everything will be fine. I use a few VST, all freeware and very good. I love the series Togu Audio Line and the Variety of Sound. I could not play music without them.
With what do you play at your live performances?
R: I have different setups for each kind of live. With my ambient liveset I use Ableton Live with 8 separate outputs into a mixer, connected to various outboard. For my house live set I use only hardware machines, I don’t use any software and Iprefer use almost all I can take with me abroad.
What is the disk that you always keep with you in your bag?
R: I’ve a lot of albums that I love so much. I could say every single King Tubby production! In particularly his versions on Yabby You is my inspiration. Also Joe Gibbs & The Professionals with African Dub All-Mighty Chapter 3 is a milestone. Kid A by Radiohead is my must have album.
Is there an anecdote you’d like to share?
R: No but I think that the techniques of dub has changed my vision of music.
What is your hidden dream?
R: To live happy as said by Haile Selassie in front of the General Assembly of the League of Nations in July 1963,except for religion topic, in which I had no interest.
What are you boiling in your pot? What are your plans in the next future?
R: In March, the 10, my new ep will be published on our label. “Waterproof EP” will include the title track, a rework by Idga and a ambient version.
What do you think of family/company Life Sentence Rec?
R: The crew is very well assembled… 😉 I’m happy to have met you and to working with you. it’s nice to meet people who believe in what they do.
Which artist would you like to collaborate with in the future?
R: In order to collaborate with other artists I never looked at the name, but what they have to say. I love making music with people on my mood, with whom I feel “in tune”. I dream writing a song with Thom Yorke or Martin Gore but who does know, we would not feel empathy.
A curiosity about yourself and your life to tell the readers of this article.
R: I don’t remember exactly the words, but Moodyman says: “It ain’t what you do, it’s how you do it. It ain’t what you got, but what you do with what you have.”. I don’t know if what I’ve done in these years is good or not, I do not even care. I’ve always been honest with myself and with the people around me. This is enough for me to be able to say I’m happy with what I did.
We conclude this article by thanking Riccardo for the time he dedicated to our questions. We hope he will always be part of our family and hope that you have enjoyed this initiative. Soon will come other interviews to satisfy all music lovers.