2018 Rewind: Stefano Ritteri

Stefano Ritteri

How was 2018 for you?

Stefano Ritteri: It was a great year! I played lots of fun parties and worked on the launch of Viaggio, a new record label dedicated to mad samples and bizarre machines.

Highlights?

I learned to build my own synths!

Lowlights?

I almost set the kitchen on fire while building a synth.

Song of the year?

Yuri Shulgin – Boogie Space (Boy, that was difficult, so many jams were released this year!)

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

To make Viaggio very cool and interesting for people which are not necessarily into dance music (and none of those healthy resolutions)!

@Stefano Ritteri

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2018 Rewind: Barbuto

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How was 2018 for you?

Christian Barbuto: I played several great parties in Europe and Australia as well as around North America consistently all year-long so without a doubt a huge step forward. I think the music I put out reached more people and I really was able to step back and enjoy the music, the places, parties and the people.

Highlights?

My tour in Australia without a doubt. I played 12 parties and they were all great and some were spectacular. Having been born there but not having lived there since I started to DJ, I am an outsider so it’s been really special to connect with local promoters and artists around the country. The place is chock full of talent and they really have a good time and do a great job down there. I do want to shout out Amsterdam though. Techno Tuesday is a very special party.

Related: Barbuto Move to the Rhythm World Tour Diary

Lowlights?

One of my best friends passed away suddenly, Luis Ramirez. He was a pair of ears on pretty much all my tracks as well as a huge support. We did a back-2-back opening set for Adam Beyer the last time he came to Austin. He was a good friend. My father-in-law passed away within a day of Luis from cancer also so it was a really tough moment for a while.

Song of the year?

“Keep Moving Forward” by Daniel Trim.

Not the type of techno track you might expect from me but more of a late-night tech house party vibe burner for when the feel good emotions are pumping. This was my end of set secret weapon at a lot of parties I played.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

To stop being so hard on myself and just enjoy all the moments; to do what I have been thinking, talking about and procrastinating for years like a radio show podcast, a label and some live stream type things.

@Barbuto

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2018 Rewind: Billie Ray Martin

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How was 2018 for you?

Billie Ray Martin: I took the year off. I needed to gather my thoughts and emotions, and regain my spiritual well-being in order to go into my coming album projects for the right reasons and with joy. I did find what I was looking for and feel I can now go into the next phase of recording and planning. So, while this year was a bit un-eventful on the surface, things were happening ‘behind the scenes.’

Highlights?

Realizing that I have finally found out how I want to make music in future, what would make me happy, and then finding that it actually works. Realizing how far I have come in this particular life, and that I don’t have to strive and search any more. Small things, small realizations, and sometimes big ones too happened this year.

Lowlights?

  • Feeling that life as I would hope it to be still eludes me.
  • Some of the political developments in the world.
  • That our trans sisters are suddenly being persecuted in some bizarre ‘debate’ and their rights are questioned and their lives are in danger in many countries.

Song of the year?

Chaouche – “My Friend”

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

I’d like to stay positive and banish all negative expectations and reactions to outside influences.
And to enjoy my new recording sessions as much as I did last year’s ones.

@Billie Ray Martin

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2018 Rewind: Manatee Commune

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How was 2018 for you?

Grant Eadie: Really good, full of personal changes. First time in my life I’ve taken the proper time to make my music and it’s resulted in what I think is the best stuff I’ve ever made.

Highlights?

Getting my little studio in Portland. Having a space separate from my home completely changed my routine and mindset toward working on music. Also Summer Meltdown — probably the sweetest show I’ve played in a long time, so much amazing energy.

Lowlights?

Throwing out a ton of music I once thought was good but had come to realize I deeply hated. Traveling 18 hours and staying up all night to play a festival in California, only to not get paid.

Song of the year?

Chrome Sparks – O, My Perfection

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

Quit going to the gym, smoke more, stress about everything.

@Manatee Commune

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