Colombia’s Rafael Lasso began producing electronic music in 2014 when studying audio and sound production in Medellin. Although beginning his journey on a chill out and Ambient tip, in 2020 he moved to the sounds of melodic House, Techno and Progressive House. This transition inspired him to have various releases on different labels of the genre like Purified Records, Diesis Records, Ear Porn Music, The Soundgarden and Trip and Dream Records with support from the likes of Nora en Pure, Giolí & Assia, Nick Warren and Sultan & Shepard. DMCWORLD grabs a world exclusive with the DJ/producer as he brings us his remix of ‘Into the Wild’ by Berlin and Moscow based duo Jackarta…
Hey Deviu! Welcome to DMC World. Where are we speaking to you from?
Hey, thanks for the opportunity to participate in your magazine, I’m really excited to talk with you. I’m speaking from my hometown in Pasto – Colombia.
How did you get into electronic music?
I started out in electronic music several years ago and over time I experimented with different styles of the genre until I got to know and established myself into Melodic House & Techno and Progressive House genres. The sounds, the rhythm and genre seemed to work really well for me. I was fascinated by the idea to produce, compose and create music by myself so I started doing it when I was 14 and from then I’ve never stopped doing it.
Can you remember the first track you produced?
Yeah I remember it well. At that point I was very proud of it, but to be honest if you listen to my first tracks, they were very different and incomplete compared to what I’m doing now. I’ve been exploring different music and genres looking for my own style and sound for some years, it takes time and you never stop learning.
Who have your biggest inspirations been?
I’ve been listening to music since I was a kid so It’s difficult to say, music groups like Linkin Park or Of Monsters and Men have always been my favorites. Speaking about electronic music I would say: Stephan Bodzin, Yotto, Einmusik, Ben Böhmer, Kamilo Sanclemente, among many others.
You have a new remix coming out on Purified Records of Jackarta’s new track ‘Into The Wild’. How did that one come about?
I’ve had some releases with Purified this year and I’m really grateful for all the support they have given me, so I proposed to them that I’d like to keep working with the label. They asked me if I was interested in doing a remix for a new release. When I listened to the original track I was really excited to participate on it and to work on my own version, the vocals are amazing so I tried to create a new track using them, I also used some of the main leads to create the transitions elements of the track.
How did you first start working with Purified Records? What has it been like for you?
I started working with them last year when I sent them my single “Go On” which was released in February this year and it’s amazing. I’ve received massive support from Nora En Pure and her label team so I’d love to keep working with them on future releases, presentations and more. Purified is one of my favorite labels of the moment.
What is the electronic music scene like in Colombia?
The scene here is growing a lot, there is a lot of talent to show and great international artists are coming to play here, giving the opportunity to others to show their music to the world. I think Colombia has great potential and is making itself known. Also great artists like Kamilo Sanclemente and others are helping to improve the Colombian scene outside the country.
You have received support from some of the scene’s biggest names, including Nora En Pure, Gioli & Assia, Sultan & Shepard and many more. How does that feel?
It just feels amazing, I didn’t expect such great support from artists I really admire so it’s always very important to me to know that these artists and people like my music.
Who would your dream collaboration be with?
I would love to make music with various artists in the future like Innellea, Aalson, Nora En Pure, Enamour, Kamilo Sanclemente, Bebetta, and the list continues.
Best gig you have ever played?
I started this project last year in the middle of the pandemic so now with the parties and gigs back I’ve played in local ones showing my music. It’s been awesome to see people react in a positive way to the tracks I’ve been working on over the last years.
Do you have any other releases on the horizon we should be watching out for?
Yes, I have some tracks signed and ready to go but without a release date yet. I’m also working on various collabs that I hope I can share with you soon.
If you could produce the soundtrack for any show, or film, what would it be?
I really love the Christopher Nolan films so definitely would be one of his films or from Denis Villeneuve, the music and photography of his films are stunning.