Ronnie Spiteri is a UK based artist who has showcased his sound on labels such as Tronic, Knee Deep In Sound, Mobilee Records and Truesoul.
One of the labels he has been most prominent on is Alan Fitzpatrick’s We Are The Brave, and he kickstarted his 2020 with a new release on Alan’s imprint.
We caught up with Ronnie Spiteri to chat about his new release, and find out what else he has planned for 2020…
> For the people reading this who haven’t heard your music before, how would you describe your style, and the key elements that define it?
That’s a good question. I guess I would describe it as chunky house music with a splash of techno. The key elements that define me as an artist / producer is most likely the chunky low ends, use of vocals and atmospheric hooks. Of course, everyone can use these, but it’s the way they are used together in my tracks, which make a ‘Ronnie track’ sound like one.
> Your next EP is your return to We Are The Brave – tell us more about it and the remix artist?
That’s right, it’s out on the 10th January so not only the first release for myself of 2020 but also for Alan’s label. I am so excited about this EP. ‘Déjà vu’ which is the lead and only track has a really nice stripped back old school vibe to it alongside some crunchy sounding hats. This is a one track EP, which comes with a remix from fellow We Are The Brave artist and a local friends of mine down South, A.S.H. Some of you may have heard his last release on the label, he’s a great producer and has really added his stamp to this package.
> Not only are you a regular on We Are The Brave, but your own label Kenja is starting to pump out some releases in 2020 – can you tell us more about its ethos?
Yes, Kenja is my baby. It’s amazing to have another platform to be able to release on, which gives you also more freedom musically when it’s your own. For 2020 I want to get things back up and running regularly with releases, so you can expect productions from artists including Oscar L, Markus Homm and Ucros. Also, I plan to do another album in the near future and that woo will be released on Kenja.
> Could you talk us through your creative process of putting a track together, and list any specific equipment used to bring your sound to life?
I always start to beef up my kick drums with the low end and like to get the bass notes all sounding nice and tight. After that I start to put together all my drums, put then into a 1 channel and add some distortion. Next up I like to start adding sounds to the track using my Moog Subsequent 37 Analog Synthesizer and start to form a nice hook (hopefully!). I like to play around with it and see where it then goes.
> What’s coming up next in your schedule, do you have any exciting gigs or big releases in the pipeline?
A big year ahead for me, as I have just been signed by Alan Fitzpatrick and his new management company, which we have a new strategy in place which I can’t wait to get started on. I will be playing a lot on his We Are The Brave showcases and will be back in Ibiza when the season kicks off again. I am also playing a show on New Years Eve in Scotland with Alan and Patrick Topping. Music wise, expect to hear it coming out on We Are The Brave, Kenja, Tronic, Stereo Productions, Do Not Sleep and Knee Deep In Sound. There is more which I cannot announce yet, so keep your ears out for that news after Q1.
> Could you give some advice or words of wisdom to any aspiring producers who might look to your music for inspiration?
Yes, be patient! With your music especially, as things take time and you have to know you are 100% happy with every single production before you sent it out to a label. Rushing this process, and then never getting a signing – what’s the point? Take time and get it right first time. Also, do not be afraid to maybe try something new or a little out of your comfort zone. It’s good to see what happens, as long as you are happy with the track. Yeah, maybe not everyone will like it, but its trial and error and at least you wondered out the box a little more than most.
> Thanks for taking the time to speak with us today, we like to finish our interviews with a couple of questions that are a little bit light hearted… without getting to personal, could you tell us something many don’t know about you?
Hahaha I am a qualified Scuba Diver and also a father of two. I am really into tennis, football and boxing. I also support Southampton FC.
> You don’t need to mention names, but what’s the most “outrageous” thing you have ever seen happen in a club… was it something outrageously brilliant, like a blindfolded DJ mixing seamlessly and scratching with their elbows, or something outrageously cringe-worthy, like some embarrassing drunk person urinating on the dancefloor?
Nothing as of yet, which now I wish it has! Maybe ask me this again after the next year and I’ll have something juicy for you! Ha ha
> Finally, what is your New Year’s Resolution if you have one?
To be able to learn how to meditate whilst eating grapes.
> You can pick up a copy of Ronnie Spiteri’s new release on We Are The Brave from …HERE…