This month on The Hot Six, we have an interview and exclusive Hot Six-only mix with Puerto Rican DJ and producer, Tall Rick. Hope you enjoy!
THS: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Where are you from? Where did you grow up? Where do you live now?
TR: Yes, I’m from Puerto Rico, and I live here, too.
THS: When did you start getting into electronic dance music? Were you a clubber who turned into a DJ and then producer? Did you come to it by way of being a musician?
TR: I started when I was 12 years old buying a lot of vinyls, tapes, and then CDs. I listen to rap, freestyle and new wave. My first chance to play was in place call[ed] Voodoo Lounge. Then I try in other great underground clubs.
THS: Who were some of the DJs and producers you listened to when you first got into dance music?
TR: Armand Van Helden and Todd Terry was for me the first DJs who I love to follow in the beginning.
THS: Who are some of your current favorite DJs and influences?
TR: Right now . . . I love so many. In house: Axwell, Erick Morillo, Robbie Rivera, Roger Sanchez. In Techno: Villalobos, Loco Dice, Claude VonStroke.
THS: How does your background influence your music, your sound?
TR: A lot . . . my base on my productions or in my sets have a lot of different percussions. The real underground sounds are always in my groove.
THS: What is the dance music scene like in your city? Are people supportive of DJs and producers?
TR: Just a few good party events but no good underground clubs.
THS: Tell us a little about your latest production and how it came together?
TR: Right now, I ready produce a great house track with Ivan Miranda from Colombia featuring the great MC Tory Davis . . . it’s A BOMB!!! Afrojack-style and will be out soon on Robbie Rivera’s label, Juicy Music.
THS: What are some of your favorite spots in your country or around the globe to party or play a set?
TR: Ibiza, Miami, Barcelona!!! Great places to party!!
THS: If fans want to learn more about you, where can they go online to get more Tall Rick?
THS: Where can we expect to see Tall Rick on the DJ/producer scene in the next five years?
TR: Producing great tracks & remixes and still playing in new and greats clubs.
THS: What are the names of six hot tracks you’re listening to right now?
TR: 1-Tall Rick & Ivan Miranda – Bring It
2-Robbie Rivera – The Sounds Of Time
3-Tall Rick & Ivan Miranda – Bring It (Tony Arzadon Rx)
4-Wally Lopez – Esa Boca Linda
5-Franco Cinelli – The Sound Of Violence
6-Cold Play – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (SHM rx)
THS: Thank you, Tall Rick. Thanks for being a part of The Hot Six.
Bring It – Ivan Miranda & Tall Rick ft. Tori Davis
Ivan Miranda & Tall Rick Feat. Tory Davis – Bring It! by Tall Rick
And check out the exclusive mix that Tall Rick produced just for The Hot Six
1-RasmusFaber & Altur Tumble – Wilder Sider (Pete Tong & Rogers Clubland Mix)
2-Chris Lattner – 93 Feet East
3-Hector Couto – Feelings
4-Adele – Roling In The Deep (Dave Matthias Rx)
5-Tiger Stripes – Rasmus Plays The Marinba
6- Pirupa – Im Going (Marco Effe & Romano Rx)
7-Aly-Us – Follow Me (Richard Dinsdale Rx)
8-John Acquaviva & Roy Rosenfld – Taster Choise
9-David Tort Vs Manufactured Superstars Vs Funkerman – Circus Jack
10-Tall Rick & Ivan Miranda – Lets Get Wild
11- Tall Rick & Ivan Miranda Feat Tory Davis – Bring It – Tony Arzadon rx