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.
Last time I saw Juan Ramos I was wandering the halls of Berghain basically spanging for change or a drink, after having spent every last euro I had in my short (according to locals) 12 hours of time in that maze of sex drugs and techno. It’s only fitting that the next time I see his face would be smattered across the internet via the release of his EP The Mariner. The tracks offer up an interesting combination of spacey softness and gut punching techno jabs, creating a versatility from home to headphones to dance floor to that sunrise moment. It’s also another great addition to the new and queer, but certainly flexing their underground quality, Friends With Benefits Records, run by the Two Dudes in Love (David Sternesky and Mathew Dos-Santos) as well as Trevor Sigler.
“With ties to both the European techno-elite and the American brotherhood of queer dance floor preservationists, Juan Ramos is an extraordinarily talented producer and DJ who is poised on the tipping point of international acclaim. On his debut EP ‘The Mariner (For G.G.),’ available on Friends With Benefits Records, Juan Ramos plays with organic polyrhythms that also pack a visceral punch, swaying brazenly into rollicking techno. His ethereal textures and effortlessly rising and falling melodies are punctuated by dissonant cacophonies that heighten both tension and release. ”
Check out the stream below, and grab a free download of The Mariner track over on XLR8R,