"I feel very good about publishing with Bordello A Parigi"
Brian Ring creates music that works in all settings and transcends genres. His openness to a wide range of sound is what has both made him a widely loved favourite, but also someone who operates in his own parallel musical world. We had a chance to talk to him, so enjoy your reading and check out his latest releases.
Hey, where can we find you right now? How did you start your day?
Hey there! You can find me in my apartment in Berlin. I usually start with some light body stretches in the morning and then make a coffee. Can you tell us a little about your experience? Where are you from / how did you get into music? Was it all internet based? I'm originally from the south coast of Ireland from a city called Cork. I was surrounded by music from an early age. It was always something that was part of life in one shape of form. I'm old enough to remember record shops pre internet days when record shops were the main hub of record purchasing. It was very much about being there when new releases arrived. There was a limited amount of new arrival 12inch so things got a bit competitive. At a later stage there were record digging excursions to London and New York. Who have been your main inspirations (both musical and in 'life')? And how have they affected your sound? I think everything can be an inspiration. Always learning new things that resonate with you. Listening to my father's record collection at home growing up was a huge inspiration. It was a broad spectrum of styles but at the core it was all pop music. That sort of musical philosophy, the art of the tune, is something I try to carry over to my productions. How would you define your sound?
The soundtrack of my life.
How has your sound evolved so far? It's passed through various iterations over the years. In the 90s I was buying trance and deep house records, then just after the millennium, big into soul and funk sounds for years which turned into boogie and disco as the internet became more of a possibility for record shopping online. When it comes to buying music nowadays, it could be any genre on any given day. In any case it's music I really value and appreciate.
Are you the type of producer who can create music on the fly or do you need to be rooted in a studio? I've whipped tracks up quickly in the past but more often it comes from an idea before I sit down to sketch it out. Then it's a matter of developing the tune with the various parts. The time frame can vary but I usually wouldn't rush it. What can you tell us about your latest releases? What did you want to convey? How do you feel about publishing in Bordello A Parigi?
The upcoming release this spring is entitled "Visions EP" with four new tunes of my own. I wanted to create the feel-good factor with something celebratory and uplifting in contrast to the current times. I feel very good about publishing with Bordello A Parigi. How are you living the current situation because of COVID? Do you think there is hope?
Things have become more simpler these days because of Covid. There's probably more appreciation of going outside with a friend in the sunshine nowadays. There always has to be some hope that things will get better and improve. I feel like the underground scene will continue to persist. Do you think we can go back to "normal" events and festivals? It's really hard to say right now. There was so much expectation and hope for 2021 but the situation is ever evolving. We're in the process of recovery so it's a matter of being patient and seeing the overall picture down the line. What projects are you working on at the moment?} I just finished a remix for a new label out of Stuttgart plus I started catching up with some deejay mix requests. It's always a nice contrast jumping into mixes from production.