It’s with gratitude and respect that we present you with Dj Ride‘s first track on Phuture Collective. Be sure to scroll down to read out 1-1 interview with this Lisbon-Bas(s)ed producer.
picture above is Dj Ride.
Interview curated by Michael of the Phuture Collective team.
Phuture: Mr. Ride – it’s so great to finally be releasing together after being such fans of your sound for so long :). Let’s start things off with a bang – what did you have for breakfast?
Dj Ride: Hi! I’m really excited to finally release on Phuture Collective! I had falafel with salad and sweet potatoes.
Phuture: We see you are a 2 x IDA Scratch World Champion!? Tell us a bit more about IDA Scratch, how long you’ve been doing this, & what goes into being prepared for such competitions.
Dj Ride: So basically we have right now three Scratch Championships, the oldest one, DMC, then IDA and Red Bull 3style. I started as scratch/ turntablist / Hip Hop Dj so battling for me was the way to gain my reputation and make myself heard outside my little city. I won my first local battle in 2005, the nationals in 2007 and my first world title in 2011 with my crew Beatbombers. Dj Battles helped me become a better dj and building a fan base and getting gigs. Also it is a huge honor to represent my country in this events, like DMC world finals in London, the IDA in Poland and i also played in Red Bull 3Style finals in Tokyo.
Usually a scratch routine take 5 months to prepare, and you have to work on it daily. You have to be on a specific mind set, and sometimes it’s really stressful so right now i’m just focusing on making music and my live shows, but i want to battle again in the future, the competition it’s something really addictive!
Phuture: In the game of ‘chess’, what is your favorite piece?
Dj Ride: The King haha
Phuture: What is the top city you want to go to with music? What has been your favorite city you’ve been able to travel to this far?
Dj Ride: I played in Tokyo and i think besides Lisbon (where i live now) it’s my favourite city. I played also last year in New York, and can’t wait to be back.
Phuture: What’s it like having a brother who puts out heap tons of good music?
How often do you two work together / see each other?
Who started making music first :)?
Dj Ride : it’s amazing! He is my best friend and we talk almost every day. We used to live together but right now it’s more difficult to see each other. He is of course a inspiration to everyone in the scene. I’m the older brother so yeah, i started first, but for any years i only produced hip hop and more chill stuff. We already did some music together, the last track was with Razat released on Doom of Doom
[This interview was done 2 days before the passing of Razat so we didn’t have a chance to discuss in depth about the situation. Please let it be known that we all wish love and light towards Razat’s friends, family & fans.]
Phuture: Throughout the last year what have been some of your most notable successes?
Dj Ride: one of the highlights was catching Dj Shadow playing my stuff from the Saturate EP, he is such a legend and one of my biggest inspirations! Also my tour all over Portugal and some gigs outside like Sziget Festival in Budapest and my first time in China and Germany. I had the opportunity to work with LEVITATE, i’m really proud of the track we did together, and i have tons of collabs coming up. Also, to keep my turntablism background alive, i recorded my best scratch video so far in a old Monastery, it’s coming up in a few days with the support of Pioneer and Serato, stay tuned! 🙂
Phuture: How did you discover Phuture Collective?
Dj Ride: I discovered Phuture Collective on Soundcloud with this tune, still bangs! https://soundcloud.com/
Phuture: What are a few of your top songs that have been released this year?
Dj Ride: Bleep Bloop & Tsuruda – Tremors ,
sfam & Jon Casey – Mobbin,
A$AP Rocky feat. Skepta – Praise The Lord ,
Shades album etc.
Phuture: Name 5 artists who are going to take over in 2019!
Phuture: Anything else you want to mention before we part ways for now?
Dj Ride: Thanks again for the opportunity and stay tuned for my next releases and scratch video routines! peace!
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