RAY OKPARA

How did you start?

how did i start this?! hmm. very easy. i was a partyboy. with all my friends. but i always was interested in music of any kind of genre.

so kicked off with my first MJ record in 88. then had a very pop time till i was 13. then rap came to my life. and from then on rap till late 90s till techno/house came.

i listen to every music basically. loveparade then Ibiza then my own party’s then producing then instruments now the guitar is my next challenge.

Where are you based?

mannheim/DE. we say mannem.

Please give an example of your music creative process?

while i was in holidays i was listening this blues compilation. and i loved this one song. i just sampled the part i liked and started a tune. looked what kind of ´mood i want to stay in. more deep or techy. then added some base fx looped it and then the first approach was made.

What are you working on right now?

life.

What is your gear setup?

some fx from moog(delay, ringmod, low pass filter). my guitars which give me fx or chords or melody’s, can’t live without my summing mixer and my bus compressor anymore.

What do you like to do outside of music and does it affect your music?

swimming. releases my stress. and calms my nerves :))) playing guitar is what i do a lot and works for my productions.

How would you describe your music genre?

house

Do you know any music theory?

a bit. i used to go by feeling. now when getting more and more into my guitar i notice i have another approach to producing and my ears are changing.

more musical/harmonically but less twisted, which is sometime very good in our music.

What are your plans for the future?

you tell me. every couple of year i get new visions. almost got a drum kit. might still get it:)

How did you get into music?

music was always there. i liked dancing and gooving to music. music always made me remember a time period of my life.

What are you listening to at the moment?

last time i remembered was listening to German children songs with my son <3

Who are your top 5 influences and icons?

derrick carter, chris carrier, buschrootz, rajo, BERLIN.

When are you playing next?

i am in the train to berlin. playing in club der visionäre today till tomorrow morning with monika ross, fabe & nekes.

check out my last release on my label ama recordings:

https://soundcloud.com/rayokpara/sets/ray-okpara-blue-hunt-ep-ama

https://www.beatport.com/release/blue-hunt/2030865

https://www.facebook.com/pg/rayokpara

Featured Photo Credit : Christian Dammert.

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