SHORT & SWEET: DAVID GTRONIC
Colombian Native and Vatos Locos aficionado, David Gtronic is one of technos more adventurous and musically minded producers and he’ll be taking over the decks at Red Ruby for not just one… but two nights! – We catch up with him before his highly-anticipated sets at one of the islands nightlife hotspots and find out what is his favorite gelato flavor, amongst other things.
David Gtronic has established himself with his distinct music style that encompasses a bass driven and percussive sound, but it’s those obscured flourishes of organic elements that color his sound that really set him apart from the pack. Seeing as he’s released on numerous labels such as Vatos Locos, Suara, Monique Musique, Kina Music and Chelsea Hotel Records to name a few, as well as his collaborations with Santos, Hector and Leon garnering support from techno deities such as Richie Hawtin, Marco Carola, Loco Dice, Dubfire… we can see that David’s hard work in the industry has had a big pay off.
David’s podcast series ‘The Terrace’ is one of his projects that needs a notable mention. Launched in August 2008, the series grew exponentially, reaching almost 2,000,000 downloads, showcasing his eclectic and carefully-crafted journey-style DJ sets to listeners across the world. The series has become a musical diary for David, by not only expressing himself musically but also through the artworks he creates for each episode. Whatever he puts his hands on, it’s always imbued with the sense of musical mysticism and contrast between the natural and the artificial that he strives to bring to life.
In more recent times, David’s involvement with the development of the brand Vatos Locos, has lead to events all over the world and his stock in the industry has only gone up with each release he puts out… continuing to cement his reputation as a formidable player in the music scene.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LIKELY TO BECOME FAMOUS FOR THAT’S NOT RELATED TO MUSIC?
I’ve always loved filmmaking and production. If it wasn’t for music I would’ve liked to pursue a career in this field.
PODCAST YOU HAVE LISTENED TO THE MOST THIS YEAR?
The Stoned Autopilot by Martin Buttrich.
WHAT FICTIONAL PLACE WOULD YOU MOST LOVE TO GO TO PLAY A GIG AT?
WHAT IS THE MOST ANNOYING QUESTION THAT PEOPLE ASK YOU REGULARLY?
Usually after I mention, where I am from, I often get asked about Pablo Escobar or Narcos, which is a very ignorant thing to ask any Colombian.
IF YOU WERE THE ONLY HUMAN LEFT ON EARTH AND HAD TO REBUILD MUSIC FROM THE GROUND UP, WHAT GENRE WOULD YOU START ON FIRST?
If it was up to me, it would definitely be Minimal House haha, but if I had the skill set I would love to be able to teach the world the art of classical music.
IF YOU HAD TO CHANGE YOUR DJ NAME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE IT TO?
Varic. It’s a techno alias i started years ago but didn’t really have the time to develop it much more. Perhaps the time will come to bring it back!
PRODUCER WHO EXCITES YOU THE MOST RIGHT NOW?
I’ve been playing a lot of new music from ‘Locklead’ an artist from Amsterdam, recently signed to the Vatos Locos label. His music is very groovy and energetic while still maintaining a cool underground vibe. It’s a combination of UK House and Electro.
IF YOU COULD RELIVE ANY DECADE WHICH WOULD IT BE?
The 70s!! I would love to experience the vibes during the peak of the disco dancing and music trend as well as Woodstock in 69 or live through the magical years of rock and roll with Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and much more..
GO TO DRINK WHEN YOU’RE BEHIND THE DECKS?
Don Julio Tequila!
ONE LESSON YOU THINK HAS CHANGED YOUR CAREER IN MUSIC THE MOST?
Never take things personally in business or in personal life. There is no point in getting all worked up with things that are out of control and might affect creativity.
Every summer in Berlin I’m pleased to hold a residency at one of my favorite bars/clubs in the city. Club Der Visionaere will always have a special place in my heart. It’s one of the few places in the world where I can really express myself musically and play whatever I want without any pressure of following a certain direction.
IF YOU WERE GONNA MESS WITH THE CROWD AT ONE OF YOUR SETS AND PLAY SOMETHING TOTALLY LEFTFIELD, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?
I would love to drop the tempo to 105 BPM for a couple of minutes and play some experimental stuff.
SUSHI OR SALAD BOWL?
Sushi everyday!! It’s one of my favorite foods to eat.
NAME A TRACK YOU COULD LISTEN TO EVERYDAY AND NEVER GET SICK OF?
“Nils Frahm – Immerse!”
FESTIVALS OR CLUBS?
I prefer small intimate clubs of about 300 people where you can still have an intimate connection with the crowd. There are a few exceptions like Sunwaves festival in Romania or Epizode in Vietnam that are some of my favorite events to play throughout the year.
FAVORITE GELATO FLAVOR?
Stracciatella, the best!
WHEN I’M ON TOUR I CAN’T DO WITHOUT…?
WHAT KEEPS YOU BUSY ASIDE FROM MUSIC?
Reading, Writing, Traveling.
FIRST VINYL, CASSETTE OR CD YOU REMEMBER BUYING?
One of the first vinyl’s I remember buying was ‘Loco Dice – Seeing Through Shadows’. It will forever be a timeless record.
I CAN’T WAIT TO PLAY IN BALI AGAIN BECAUSE…?
Bali will forever be one of my favorite places to visit and hang out so to have the opportunity to be able to come play here as often as i can it’s amazing.
Catch David Gtronic’s first set at Red Ruby on March 6th and if you can’t make it for that one, don’t fret… He’s on again at Red Ruby on March 14th!