Ibiza Voice Podcast 535 :: Paul Ritch presents Kaczmarek
Paul Ritch is a big room, techno specialist. Since 2007, he’s earned his place at the table with a relentless slew of releases on digital techno labels like Drumcode, Sci+Tec, Saved, Cocoon Recordings, Soma Records and Bpitch Control. This steady stream of dancefloor scores made him one of Resident Advisor’s top charted artists of all time and allowed him to tour around the world and grow a huge global fan base. All the while, an itch to create music for beyond the dancefloor nagged at him leading to the announcement of his new project, KCZMRK.
Ibiza Voice: What's new with you?
Paul Ritch: I’ve been playing and working a lot in the studio, but so far, the big change this year is my new label KCZMRK. I’ll be releasing my first album under my alias Kaczmarek shortly. I am so happy to be able to show a different side of my musical personality.
How did you record the mix?
I wanted to make a kind of mix compilation of tracks I like and listen to at the moment so I used one Pioneer Nexus and Ableton live, so I could edit the mix and add some additional effects.
Where do you get your music from?
Most of my music is bought digitally and the rest on vinyl. I go a lot on Bandcamp, Juno, Beatport. Yes, I check promos. I feel blessed to receive so much exclusive stuff so I try to listen to as much as I can.
I am digging all the time. I dig a lot on my phone. I just discovered an app called 180gram that gives you all the latest vinyl releases from Hardwax, Rush Hour, Juno and many others.
Tell us about your record collection?
I started collecting when I was 19 in 2002. I have something like 800 records, I would say that 70% is techno and house and the rest is between hip hop, disco, experimental and ambient, from the album of DJ Rush ‘Jack’ to some International Gigolo Records, Raster-Noton, some James Brown, Cypress Hill, Alva Noto, Karl Hector, etc.
Do any of these records tell a story about you?
From 2002 until 2005 it’s mainly big prime time techno from labels like Bush Records, Tresor, Purpose Maker or Djax Up. Then when I started doing my live set, I kind of stopped digging for years because I was really focused on non-stop making music and touring. Then five or six years ago I started to dig vinyl again.
One record that is special for me is Consumed and Sheet One from Plastikman. A friend of mine gave me Consumed and at the time I was producing prime time techno and basically when I heard the album, it just blow me away. After that, my musical production took a way more minimalistic direction.
Tell us about the scene you came up in?
One of my friend started DJing in some bars. I was like 16 or 17 and I was going to see him play and going to his house to listen to the records he bought. Then he brought me to a house and garage party in Paris called Cheers where guys like Master at Work were performing. That was my first step into this world. I rapidly started going to darker parties with more techno sounds like Rex Club and some raves and other after parties.
My friends have always been very influential in my career and continue to influence me today. A lot of them are still in the music business and we share many opinions together. I think it’s really important.
Can you explain the idea behind your Kaczmarek project?
The idea is to make music for listening, to escape but not created exclusively for the dance floor. I have been making music for the dance floor now for almost 15 years so I wanted to show another trippier side of me. With Kaczmarek the approach is different. It really gets more psychological and cinematic and the point was to take the listener on a journey from the beginning to the end.
Kaczmarek is the last name of my Polish mother and Ritch is taken from my French Dad’s last name Richard.
What's the most interesting city in the world for dance music right now?
I would definitely say that Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris and Barcelona are at the moment the most active in the scene. They create so many events and trends. I am hallucinating to see so many people going out in electronic parties in those cities every weekend, it’s really amazing. But there are also many other cities like Buenos Aires, Medellin, Bogota, Sao Paulo, that are making a huge impact on the scene for years and not many people are talking about them.