Bread & Butter talk with Ripperton

Ahead of his appearance at Bread & Butter this weekend, we had a chance to catch up with Ripperton to chat about how he originally got involved in the scene, his label, highlights for the year and future projects.
Since the beginning of his career, Ripperton has let loose with a prolific string of consistently high-quality releases and remixes, making his reputation as a purveyor of tasteful house, techno, and minimal undoubtedly deserved…

How’s your year been so far, what have been the highlights?

R: This year was great so far thank you!
Lot of traveling and studio sessions for remixes and new materials coming soon.
The highlights so far were the huge reception of my remix for my good friend Baikal on his label Maeve, I didn’t expected it to be honest.
In top of that playing so many top clubs and festival in my home country was something that was absolutely stunning as well.

When you were first introduced to electronic music?

R: By the radioshow every Friday/Saturday night on the national Swiss Radio Couleurs 3.
The residents were Tony Humphries, Mandrax, Djamin to name a few. Great way to enter the deep side of that new thing that was called house music.

You have always kept a distinct sound that manages to stay melodic, yet still driving. Were there any influences or aims that led you to this sound

R: Yes, you are right. It’s a priority for me to sound and respect the house music from his pure form. Which is connected to Chicago, Detroit and New Jersey sound. Vocals, strong melodies and hard work on the edit are my golden rules.

What drives your creativity mostly; what gets you up and writing new music day after day?

R: Good question, I do music as i breath and it’s the only thing i can do not too bad i think.
When I’m tired of producing I do a break and focus my interest on other things like books movies, painting etc… I simply need art forms around me to feel good.

rippertonYou started your Tamed Musiq in 2012. Why and what is the music background behind your label?

R: I wanted to restart a fresh things for my own productions only. But as I’m a dj and I’m luckily enough to get some great friends that make astonishing music and kind enough to send them to me, I started to release them on Xtra-Tamed. I just want to release the best of them, the ones i think that deserve it. There’s way too much “okay” productions right now but “okay” is not “okay” anymore.. we all want more, I mean more personal records less functional.

Your relatively new project “Headless Ghost” saw releases on Clone Royal Oak & Tamed Musiq. Why change monikers? What was the thinking behind that?

R: Headless ghost came first on STHLM audio in 2009, I had that nice bunch of tracks sleeping in my computer and one night Agnès came by and was drunk enough to sign them all. They were more housey and raw than what I did with Ripperton so the idea of that moniker came by. The house was almost gone at this “minimal” rise period, so yeah ghost and headless because they came straight from the heart and not from the mind.

Basing House, at the moment, is probably the best small underground venue in London. How do you feel performing to an intimate crowd?

R: My first show there last year was outstanding, I love small venues. What is a party? It’s just you, me and a good sound system. who care about the numbers. I guess that’s all I need to be a happy dj.

Who are you on the day to day outside of music? What else do you like doing?

R: I have a family, two young kids, so it takes almost all my time outside of the studio, I watch a lot of series as well, otherwise some good dinner with friends!

What else can we expect from Ripperton in the near future?

R: I have just signed a new song called “Unfold” on Innervisions that should drop end of June, a remix for Noir & Haze on Noir music, a new collaboration with Deetron as Roots Panorama on his new label Character coming soon and a track called “Searchin 4 you” for the Systematic 10 years anniversary compilation, that will feature exclusively on the new Deetron’s Fabric mix as well.

Catch Ripperton on Saturday 31st of May at Bread & Butter [Basing House-London]

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