Hailing from Bridgeport, Connecticut, Juan Ramos grew up in a Puerto Rican household where his family nurtured him on a healthy diet of Latin Jazz, Hip-Hop, and early crossover dance music. His fascination with music grew with age as he experimented with making electronic music and later on joining various local bands from his home state. At the age of 19 Juan started to experiment with laptop DJ’ing but quickly bored and transitioned to vinyl for a more challenging approach.
As the story goes, after a holiday to Berlin in 2012, he felt the pull of a place that could provide more than his small rural hometown. Resident now since summer ’13, Juan has devoted his daily life entirely to crafting his music, centering loosely around a house format that caters for references to the rich palette of influences which have fueled his path through music. His first release “The Mariner” released with San Francisco based label Friends With Benefits garnered positive reviews and featured on XLR8R.
His texturally rich and eclectic selection has gained him the support and attention of some of Berlin’s more interesting circles and 2015 looks to be a fruitful year for the young talent.
Where are you based?: Berlin, Germany
Bottom Forty: Why do you play music?
Juan Ramos: I play music because I always found it to be a very satisfying way for me to share the joy and passion I feel for it with other people. There really is nothing better than making an entire room of people happy just by doing something you enjoy so much.
BF: What do you see as your role in dance music going into the future?
JR: I really love dance music and right now it’s obviously my musical focus but moving forward I would like to move away from this and begin to explore other avenues. Lately the idea has come to my mind that I would really enjoy to head into doing scores for film . I will always be involved with club music in one way or another but I think as I get older I might want to keep things a bit more quiet, haha.
BF: Favorite label or artist from the past year?
JR: I’m always happy to hear new releases from Mathematics and Kassem Mosse’s album on Workshop has been on constant replay. Metamatics also released a great new album this year and his entire back catalog is definitely worth a listen for anyone interested in more left field electronics.
BF: What are you looking forward to most this year?
JR: This year seems to have a lot of positive vibes coming. I recently was picked up by an agency here in Berlin called Metavolk who are such a great team and support to have. I’ll be playing at Cocktail d’Amore as well this month with my buddy Aaron Clark. There are some other really exciting things as well on both the production and DJ front but I can’t give it all away 🙂
BF: What’s your favorite Berghain moment?
JR: Hearing DJ Sprinkles play in Panorama bar was by far the most complete experience I have had there. Her approach to DJ’ing is completely mesmerizing and she has a great way of taking you away to a very “spritiualized” place.
International Pony – Meet Some Friends (Feat. Don Dougie)
Digable Planets – For Corners
Makula – Never
Homewreckers – Smile
Baaz – Way Out Citti
Flying Lotus – Tea Leaf Dancers
Mount Kimbie – Tunnelvision
Dday One – Towards The Roar
Serge Gainsbourg – Requiem pour un con
Alain Goraguer – Generique
Shuggie Otis – Strawberry Letter 23
Quincy Jones – Hikky- Burr
Brinkley & Parker – Don’t Get Fooled By The Pander Man
Afrique – House of Rising Funk
David Bowie – Panic In Detroit
The Time And Space Machine – Trip Sideways
Bob Lind – Cool Summer
Big Pun & Dead Prez – The Rain & The Sun Interlude