[Behind the Beat] Rickyxsan Gets Down To Business With His Passion For Music And Life
From humble beginnings experimenting with music in his home in the rough streets of East Los Angeles to packing clubs and music venues throughout the US and soon throughout the world, Rickyxsan‘s meteoric rise to the top of the EDM scene has been nothing short of a blast. Bringing his passion, creativity, and uncanny ability to make a crowd go absolutely berserk, Rickyxsan has attracted the attention of the genre’s most iconic artists including Diplo, Skrillex, Steve Aoki, Deorro, and countless others, some of which have used his tracks at some of the world’s biggest EDM festivals and in their own albums.
I had an incredible chance to talk to Rickyxsan after his weekend playing at Salt Lake City’s Get Freaky and here’s what he has to say about his musical passion!
When in your life did you decide you wanted to make music?
I’ve always played instruments as a kid such as Drums & Piano and I’ve always been a computer boy ever since computers began to be a thing when I was in middle school so eventually the 2 ended up clicking and then it happened. Rickyxsan was born at the age of 12.
How did you work your way up the musical ladder to where you are today?
Sometimes I ask myself that same question! I’ve always uploaded music since the day I first started producing and eventually I got better at it and people started following as I progressed. I even uploaded music on MySpace when it was poppin’!
Who were your musical influences growing up?
I’ve always been heavily influenced by hip-hop growing up such as 50 Cent, Kanye West, Mobb Deep etc.. but I remember specifically Daft Punk started to take over my life at a very young age and that’s when I knew I wanted to somehow get involved in electronic music.
I want to talk about your new track “FADED”! Want to give us a tour of the production behind it?
No VST’s were used! everything was made with Ableton Stock! just a lot of OTT and Overdrive and delays from time to time! Ohh, and -12 semitone vibes!
Why did you decide to name this specific song “FADED”?
Well, a lot of marijuana was consumed in the making of the song and ya boy was hellaaaaa faded, plus it was a perfect name since that’s the main lyric of the tune!
If you were to choose any artist to do a B2B set with, who would you choose and why?
Hydraulix & Oski cuz together we’d be Hydroskixsan & we’ll shut down any venue any time any day.
Out of all the places you have toured, where would be your favorite destination and why? Any favorite festivals, shows, etc.?
Australia holds my heart currently that was the first country I got to tour in and they all showed so much love and gave me the biggest & warmest welcoming <3
If you were to give any aspiring producer a piece of advice, what would you say to them?
Don’t depend on anyone for your success! put your all and be as creative as possible! stay in your own lane and kill it, I promise you’ll get the right recognition if you fully focus on the music 130% instead of how to get it out, the music will see the light if it’s good! Be patient and work!
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