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Inspired by sets as an impressionable teenager from visiting electronic luminaries to his native Barcelona, DJ and producer Rainer is now busy emulating the rise of his former heroes. Moving to London as soon as he hit his twenties, Rainer quickly got involved with Half baked, one of the capital’s best loved afterhours Sunday parties, where he can be seen regularly spinning sets of deep, moody house. Strong working relationships with Cesare & Disorder and Viudez have seen the young producer release on Vinyl Club, Serialism and most recently, Desolat, marking him out as one of the freshest, most exciting talents on the scene. 

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The moment I realised I was going to pursue electronic music was…

I have been into electronic music since I was very young, listening to lots of different stuff, but I think what really got me into it was two clubs i used to go to in Barcelona when i was younger: Spoony Bar & Apolo. I was going there to listen to all my favoruite DJs like Jeff Mills, Sven [Vath], Ricardo [Villalobos], Richie [Hawtin] and it really got me pumped up to do my own thing. Then I moved to London and met other artists that motivated me to do what I do now.

Catalonian independence is…

Catalunya is a very unique and beautiful place. We’ve got pretty much everything here, so we have been fighting for independence for many years. It’s a bit of serious subject for a Not So Serious interview…

Producing alongside others really helps me…

I love to collaborate with other artists. Sometimes it’s difficult to make decisions by yourself and it’s good to have a  mate next to you to help develop ideas and arrangements. Working over the years with Viudez, Rudolf and Disorder really stimulated my interest for sound design and I’ve made some interesting stuff with them. At the moment I’m working with Patrice Meiner and Robin Ordel. Some nice tunes are coming so keep your eyes AND ears peeled for some new records from this bunch…

Sonar Festival…

is probably the biggest thing we have here in Barcelona. It comes with the sun in mid June and is lovely to have all my friends here for mostly non-serious level showcase events all over the city. This year was easily the best year yet, having presented Halfbaked at Vetro which was for me the best party of the summer. That said, we also experienced really unacceptable behaviour from the Catalan government who shut down lots of parties. Hopefully next year things are a bit more relaxed and they let us have some fun and enjoy the music.

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My biggest inspiration …

My friends and people around me. Musically, listening to Ricardo [Villalobos] play at fabric is always an emotional moment of inspiration.

A record that makes me tingle…

Prashlesh – Libermol.

I finally think I’m ready to start…

cooking myself some proper thai food.

The electronic music scene in Spain…

is strong. Im very happy to hear some quality sounds coming from Spain lately. Lots of good new labels and artists are based in Spain. This is great for the industry and for the people that want to start making music and feel like they don’t know where to start from. It also pleases me that promoters and parties are starting to bring more interesting acts to Barcelona, making it a more fun and inspiring place to go out!

I get really angry..

when people take things too seriously.

The funniest person in my life..

I’m surrounded by funny characters in general.

The most important thing to remember when you’re remixing is…

to ask for good quality sampled parts to start remixing with! Listen to the original and recompose it your way, it’s more personal that way.

My aims in the dance music industry are to…

travel to places I haven’t been to yet and meet amazing people to share music with.  I’m already looking forward to 2013. Half baked is looking great and lots of things are happening at Sonar ‘13. Also a new label from my good friends, BIRDSMAKINGMACHINE coming soon with quality sounds! And last but definitely not least, I want to enjoy every last minute of it!

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Desolat