DJ Awards Breakthrough Nominee Ramiro Lopez

Posted on August 10, 2017

Words: Iain Thomson

It’s only fitting that Spain, home of the world’s clubbing capital, should boast some of the hottest new artists breaking through and that’s exactly what it has in Ramiro Lopez. Having already caught the attention of his peers and released on respected labels such as Drumcode, INTEC and Suara, to name just a few, as well as maintaining a busy international diary, he is the latest Spanish talent pushing to break into the upper echelons of the scene.

His efforts have not gone unnoticed, earning him a nomination in the highly competitive category of Breakthrough Artist in the 20th anniversary edition of the DJ Awards, taking place at Hï Ibiza on Tuesday September 26. Ramiro finds himself in accomplished company, with all of this year’s nominees already making a big impact on a global scale through innovative production and exciting performances. We caught up with him ahead of this years ceremony…

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You have been nominated in the DJ Awards breakthrough category, how satisfying is it to be recognised by your peers?
It is always great to see how your work is being noticed and valued. I’m at the best moment of my music career so far and things like this make me feel I’m going in the right direction.

What would it mean to you to win the award, or is the recognition for your effort already a win?
As I said, just to be recognised is amazing and I’m grateful to be in amongst all those great names, amazing artists that have been nominated as well, I have to say I’m a winner already!

What do you need to do to reach the next level?
The same ideas I have been using for a long time:  work, perseverance, patience and love.

Which current artists inspire you musically?
I’m very into Drumcode and Adam Beyer, Sam Paganini, Bart Skils, Ilario Alicante, Layton Giordani.  They are always in my ears. On the other hand, there are actually so many other big gems out there! I’m loving lately Amelie Lens, Cleric, Johannes Heil, Charlotte de Witte, the list continues, and continues, it is endless!

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Do you believe you can still make your mark on your DJ talent alone, or do you also have to be a producer and have an ability to market yourself?
In my opinion, nowadays you need to be a recognised producer in order to make your DJ career for a living. First, people know you for your music, then they give you the chance to play in a new country / club for the first time and it’s in that moment when you have the opportunity to show your DJ skills. I’m not saying it is impossible but there are very few cases of ‘DJs only’ careers.

How big an impact has social media had on how you go about presenting yourself as a DJ to the outside world?
Social media is a cornerstone nowadays. The way you can be in touch with people all around the world, let your followers know what’s going on and reach new ones. These people are the ones that will go to the club later to listen, so it’s very important.  I’m trying always to share interesting things, keep them informed about everything about my career and sharing parts of my daily life.  It is actually so great being connected with such wonderful people who are supporting at the same time your dreams and your sound. I am very grateful to all of them.

Ramiro Lopez Online:
f: www.facebook.com/Ramiro-Lopez
w: www.ramirolopez.es

DJ Awards Infor:
w: www.djawards.com

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