RAMON TAPIA | TRUE DEFINITION | I’M A HOUSE GANGSTER | IAHG020

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‘True Definition EP’ hails the 3rd release on I’m A House Gangster for the hugely popular Belgium based DJ/Producer Ramon Tapia. The title track is a giant feel-good dance-floor hug, where warm melodic loops interweave with an infectious House groove. ‘True Definition’ also comes with a tasty re-rub from IAHG’s captain who gets busy with his Sneakology beat science. ‘Motion’ is an energetic driving groove with a Latin tinged undercurrent, bound with a contagious bumping bass, quirky hooks and sweeping warm synths. ‘Barrydubb’ carries a techier feel where crisp beats are joined with sweeping strings and hypnotic vocal hooks that dance through the track.

“This should be played at high volume, preferably in a residential area” – Ramon Tapia

Ramon Tapia was born and raised in Holland, but is of Chilean decent. He followed in his father’s footsteps in his teenage years when he began producing. the young talent was brought up on a musical diet of Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Kraftwerk, Front 242, and the early pioneers of Detroit techno. His two older sisters played a key part in his musical formation, sparking his imagination with tales of dance floor epiphanies. Once bitten by the techno bug, Ramon moved to Belgium’s scene capital, Antwerp, to study as a jeweler and diamond cutter. It was a part-time job in a record shop that helped to decide his destiny. He began producing tracks with a colleague, later producing solo. After a fruitful period producing tough Techno, Ramon Tapia found fame under his new moniker in the late 2000s on labels like Herzblut, Craft and Yellow Tail, forging a new school Techno sound that blended the slower, sexier sounds of the contemporary vibe with his schooling in the genre from the past. In 2010 he mixed a compilation for Strictly Rhythm, plundering their back catalogue for a full mix of new interpretations by him and various collaborators – catapulting him onto the world stage. “It was a great opportunity and made me grow in a lot of aspects.” he says.

The cream of Holland’s Techno scene soon followed suit, with his worked snapped up by 2000 And One’s Remote Area and 100% Pure, Shinedoe’s Intacto and Secret Cinema’s Gem Records and further afield by Germany’s Great Stuff and Tiga’s Turbo. Remixes for Paul Weller, Armand van Helden, Nic Fanciulli, Marc Romboy, Monika Kruse, Mauro Picotto, DJ Sneak, Umek and many others came. Eventually in 2012 he set up his own labels, Say What? Recordings and collaboration label Aella Music (which he runs together with Hermanez). With tinges of his Latin background lacing his percussion sections and his Dutch/Belgian heritage providing the basis for his hard-grooving Techno template, his sound is one that mixes organic, tribal rhythm and syncopation and electronic machinations to potent effect. Ramon first joined I’m A House Gansgster in 2013 with his ‘Intense EP’, followed by the massive ‘House Assignment Vol.1’ in 2014. He describes his IAHG sound as a jacking, grooving, family affair!”