Dj Ride has been on my radar ever since I came across his productions about a year ago, even though they extend far beyond that. His bass-influenced sound is well-thought-out, wildly creative and perfectly heavy and distorted without being overbearing.
The Portugal native’s discography is undeniably impressive and I consistently find myself going back through it. Ever since I first discovered his page, I’ve been keeping up with his many releases, which have found their place on labels like SATURATE!RECORDS, Jadū Dala, Beatbombers and so many more.
He also managed to score the title of IDA Scratch World Champion twice, which is a prestigious award that many turntablists practice years and years for. We had a lot to talk about, so we chatted with the talented artist about his history as a DJ, what’s next for him and more. Check out the exclusive interview and a killer 30-minute guest mix from Dj Ride below.
Can you tell us a bit about your background and how you got started with DJing?
I started as a scratch DJ. My main goal in the beginning was being a turntablist/battle DJ, and beat maker. I was heavily influenced by D-Styles, Ricci Rucker, DJ Shadow, Mix Master Mike, A-Trak, Craze, etc etc. When I was a kid, I listened to a lot of different stuff from Prodigy, to Beastie Boys, to Dilated Peoples, to Chemical Brothers, Aphex Twin, every Ninja Tune artist and drum and bass, so my DJ sets still reflect that level of free spirit, I love to mix different genres and hip-hop gave me the tools to do that.
You have received the title of IDA World Champion not once, but twice. What was it like to win that on two separate occasions? Has it always been a goal of yours?
Yes, as a scratch DJ, entering the competitions is mandatory. It’s where you build your reputation and make yourself known. It was always a dream to be a world champion, and it helped me a lot, especially to play in bigger stages and festivals. There is also the DMC, I placed 2nd this year with my crew Beatbombers, and the Red Bull 3style that I also participated in the Japan world finals. I still have lots of fun entering battles!
Did you DJ before producing? If so, when did you make the transition and did it come pretty easy to you or was there a learning curve?
Actually, I started making beats before I could buy my first mixer and turntable. DJing and producing are two different worlds but they complement each other . For me, it was kind of fast learning how to mix, scratch, and produce (first on Fruity Loops and on the old Akai MPC and then Ableton Live).
Who are some artists you look up to, both as a a DJ and as a producer?
Last week, DJ Shadow played one track from my EP on Saturate, and it was really special to me because he is one of my biggest inspirations, Shadow is the perfect example of a good DJ, turntablist and legendary producer. I look up to both old and new artists, from Aphex Twin, to RL GRIME, to Zeke Beats, Holly, Ekali, Kanye, Nils Frahm, Moderat, What So Not, Quix, DJ Yuto, Kentaro and many more.
On the contrary, who are some up-and-coming DJs or producers you think we should be paying attention to?
That’s really a difficult question because every day on SoundCloud, I find incredible music from kids with less than 1k followers, it’s crazy the amount of good music from every side of the world.
Where do you hope to take your project in the next 5 years?
I have many goals, the list is really big, and most of the stuff, I prefer to keep it for myself (I’m a little bit superstitious! haha), but one of my main goals is to keep releasing music more often and on some of my favorite labels.
What can expect to hear in your mix?
This mix was recorded from one of my gigs, live and straight from my Pioneer S9. It features some of my last releases, and some tracks that I’m playing on my DJ sets, hope you like it!
Rustie – “Coral Castlez” vs. “Smookie Illson” – “Club Action” (Dj Ride Remake)
“Royalty” x “Pretty Things” (Havok Roth VIP Edit)
UZ & ATLiens – “Cavern (UNKWN Remix)
Rockstar – Jerry Folk Carrot Flip
Bass Brothers – “Accents” [feat. Shield] knapsack – “BRAINFOREST”
Mr. Carmack vs. Mobb Deep – “Shook Ones” (DJ Ride Mashup)
Tchau – ID
A$AP Rocky – “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2” (Y2K Remix)
Stranger Things (Louis Futon Flip)
brothel – “FRACTURED” feat. DIVINE
Busta Rhymes – “Touch it” (Ivy Lab’s 20/20 Bootleg)
Rex – “Pretty-Boi”
Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow” (BENZI x CHUWE EDIT)
ID – ID
Thook – “Menace to Society”
Travis Scott – “Goosebumps” (NGHTMRE Remix)
austin marc – “omé co vye”
Pep. – “Fazer Falta”
TroyBoi – “B.I.A”
Ryuki Miyamoto – “Clap! Clap!”
DMVU – “Bloccd”
Future – “Mask Off” (t1r Edit)
“Mask Off” vs. “End Subs” (WRECKVGE Mashup)
Boombox Cartel – “Jefe” (Rickyxsan Remix)
Iccarus – “IDGAF”
DJ Ride x Far & Few – “HIGH”
Vestige – Yoppers (Original Mix)
EPROM – “Pineapple” (G Jones Remix)
Dj Ride & Abelation – “Mean”
Eliminate – “Snake Bite” (VIP)
KRANE & QUIX – “Next World”
Purge & DJ Ride – “Turn It Up”
DJ Ride & ESKEI83 – “Hold Up”
Dj Ride – “Next One”
Dj Ride – “Tilt”
SNAVS – “Head Pop”
Kendrick Lamar – “Backseat Freestyle” x RL Grime, What So Not, Skrillex – “Waiting”
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