GOING IN DEEP WITH RED RUBY'S LATEX AND HIS ACID JAZZ PROJECT


Latex is one of the most interesting and creative electronic musicians on the island, if not Indonesia as a whole. A self proclaimed tech geek Latex has a passion for boys toys aka electronic equipment that enables him to push boundaries, create sounds, or simply to distort and effect the ones you are familiar with in a live setup.

When you talk to the man about music you can feel the infectious passion with which he holds his beloved music so dear. He makes you want to be a geek too, because it sounds and looks like SO MUCH FUN!!! Perfectly transcending that narrow crossover between science and art.

The guys at Red Ruby spotted this quite a while back and took him under their wing and in doing so have given him a home to hone his craft and wow the crowds week in and week out… a very smart move indeed!

His most recent passion project is Latex’ own take on Acid Jazz although Acid House Jazz would probably be an equally suitable term for his project where he incorporates live musicians into the mix, adding to his live electronic element and trust us, it’s a very impressive, and well executed mix that you really should make the effort to check out when you get the chance.


WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND GEOGRAPHICALLY, WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO BALI?

I come from Yogjakarta, currently working in iT company in Jakarta and sometimes living in Bali for a while.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN ELECTRONIC MUSIC AND WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION TO USE THE VAST ARRAY OF EQUIPMENT YOU HAVE BECOME SO RENOWNED FOR?

I have been interested in electronic music since 90s, I used to be a drummer too, I collected several groveboxes and samplers from the 2000s, I was very interested in technology & music composition based on sampler. at that time my inspiration was Beastie Boys and Norman Cook.

DO YOU STILL ENJOY PLAYING ON THE STANDARD DJ SET UP OF TWO CDJ’S AND A MIXER OR DOES IT NOT STIMULATE YOU COMPARED TO WHAT YOU ARE USED TO?

I still use CDJ 100, for me CDJ 100 is the best cdj player ever made by Pioneer (without sync and bpm indicator). I wish Pioneer will make it again, I still burn audio files to CDs which can only fit 8-9 tracks, I still have them and play with CDJ 100 when I am in my hometown,Yogyakarta, playing at the Oxen club for long hour dj set. Sometimes I play vinyl too, playing for long sets 6-8 hours.



I like to play long dj set because it's like reading a book, there is a lot of information and my momentum to look for inspiration, to understand some unique elements and references from various genres that are important for my creative process. I also listen deeply when my friend have DJ set, I always get some references from their set.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE OF EQUIPMENT CURRENTLY AND WHY?

My favorite equipment is currently is elektron octrack, there are several functions that's powerful and easy for arrangements. I love how their workflows are unique and complex.



AS SOMEONE WHO LIKES TO PUSH BOUNDARIES, WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON CURRENTLY THAT PEOPLE CAN COME AND CHECK OUT?

Right now I'm working on EP production and focusing on acid jazz projects, I work with several collaborative musicians and some arrangements that we arrange is in full band format, you can hear some preview of my track here

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR THIS PROJECT AND WHAT IS IT EXACTLY?

The inspiration of this project was, I challenged myself to work in another genre / Acid Jazz (to refresh my musical sense) while I'm doing house and techno set, this project was based on my previous references and experiences about jazz.



The most challenging thing about my acid jazz project is : I do this creative process with the current equipment that I'm usually using for techno live set performance. But for the drum element I took it by myself in the studio session, I was helped by collaborator friend who take a part playing guitar, saxophone, percussion and cello.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE SCENE IN BALI CURRENTLY AND ACROSS INDONESIA AS A WHOLE?

Scene in Bali is very interesting because many talents from various genres and countries come to Indonesia and Bali lately, and this is very good. In Bali I was helped a lot by the Project 23 Collective and Gentur Suria about 2-3 years ago to introduce my music in Bali.

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH RED RUBY AND WHERE ELSE CAN PEOPLE CATCH YOU PLAYING?

Red Ruby ​​is an important place for my creative process, it's a cool place for my music presentation and I got the chance to play with some international talent. Thanks to Elliot and James Taylor who helped and worked hard together for some cool things

WHO ARE YOUR INSPIRATION?

My inspiration is Elon Musk.


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