Ramon Tapia was born in Holland, and followed in his father’s footsteps in his teenage years when he began producing music. Years later, he became known in the scene for his original Techno and Tech House tracks. Recentlty, he began using the DJ moniker ‘AMARI’ and has a lot of surprises waiting for you…
1 – How did you get into the Tech House/Techno scene and what was the first track you ever produced?
I think this happened quite naturally, I was playing so much different styles before that, so, to be honest, I grew into it. When I started producing this kind music the first track which really got instant massive industry support was “Sweet Lullaby”. So then my name became a little more well-known from that point on.
2 – Are you a true Latino? Where were you born? Do you speak Spanish?
Nope – I’m not 100 % Latino. My dad is Chileno and my mom is Dutch. I was born in Holland and I do speak Spanish but not as good as I should! Ha. To be honest I love the mix, I am a milkshake.
3 – There are about a million DJ monikers and all of them tell a story. Why did you start using the moniker ‘AMARI’ this year ?
Well, I wanted to keep the music styles separated because people stated to get confused. As a producer you can produce whatever you want but as an artist you have to have a certain direction, so that’s why I have Ramon Tapia for my Tech House/Techno productions and then AMARI goes into the more melodic side.
4 – Can we expect a different music style from yourself as DJ ‘AMARI’?
Yes, as mentioned this will be different from what I am releasing as Ramon, and it has a much more melodic atmospheric touch.
5 – What’s the name of your latest release? How would you describe its sound in one single phrase?
My next EP ‘Snuss’ is a collab with Rick Watts due out on the 3rd February via Gem Records which is run by Secret Cinema. I teamed up with a friend just to jam and we came up with this cool EP. It’s a bit more Techno, but still had the Ramon Tapia flavor in there. So for me, just one word to describe it would be “Rockin”.
6 – How much do you use social media to stay in contact with your fans? Is the Internet important for you?
Social media platforms are one of the most important things, maybe even the most important thing in the music business. So yes, I try to be in contact with my fans as much as possible. Always there if they have some questions!
7 – What’s your favorite platform to share music? Have you ever shared free tracks? Why?
I share most of my music on Soundcloud, and of course I have shared free tracks, as I think it’s a really important thing to do for my fans. I gave a free track to everyone when I passed 100,000 fans on Facebook.
8 – What DJs do you like and dislike?
Well there are so many artists out there now. I don’t diss any DJ’s – everyone has their own qualities, flaws and so on. So I won’t list artists who I dislike, as I am not in a position to do so. But as for some of my favorites, I’d have to say Loco Dice, DJ Sneak and Dixon. Kink as a live act.
9 – What are your goals for 2017?
For me, it’s going to be getting my label ‘Say What?’ more attention and movement. Making sure that the new Amari project gets enough momentum going too with good releases and grow my brand overall. Of course, stay healthy, travel more and meet fans as many places as possible!
10 – Finally, what piece of advice would you like to share with the upcoming generation of producers?
Keep believing in yourself and never ever give up …