ROMBE4T ABOUT HOUSE MUSIC, TAKING A SABBATICAL AND THE FEEL ME EP.
Tell us more about your new release, the Feel Me EP
ROMBE4T: I’ve been working in the studio for a couple of years now and felt it was time to combine all elements and skills into a one 3-track e.p. which represents the best that came out of my head and studio so far. Trying to capture the “old school” edge of the many soul, funk, and R&B influences that fuel this release, while also retaining the clarity of a modern production style.
Lots of groove elements and an energetic groove is what distinguishes my style and have been working and studying very hard to get the this release ready for the dancefloors.
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You’ve been producing house music for a long time. How did you first get involved with it?
ROMBE4T: I was there when the Summer of Love struck over here (in The Netherlands). I had been DJ’íng a couple years before that and had produced (year)mixes for radio stations, but when the first House tunes flew over to Europe and hit my import record store I was immediately sold. This was what I had been waiting for and played at the early raves where I introduced people to their first house tunes.
From then on it was House Music all over and it still is to this day. Today I like to combine funky and disco influences with a modern style dance groove. Never dull, always happy.
You took a sabbatical from making music at one point. Why did you decide to do that and what did you do during that time?
ROMBE4T: As with many artists it is very hard to come by living on music alone. For me that was also the case as I got married and had to pay for a mortgage. I founded a couple of companies in marketing and these companies do well today. What this thought me is that you have to market your product and your brand otherwise no one will hear it or buy it. I am using these experiences in branding my releases and work according a strategy.
What is your vision for the future?
ROMBE4T: Currently I like producing my own music very much as I have more than enough ideas to keep me going for the next years. Most important is to release quality feel good house music. Many DJ’s are coming back from the Tech House trip and are looking for more melodic and uplifting house music. I am planning to supply them with just that. Next to producing I really would like to spin tunes again as I always did. Very happy to announce I got my first bookings in 2019. My future vision is spinning in the clubs in London, Amsterdam, Ibiza and Marbella.
Which house DJs do you respect most?
ROMBE4T: The DJ’s I respect most are the DJ’s that made house what it is today. These DJ’s have been in the game for a long time. But if I have to name a few they would be DJ Roog, Rocher Sanchez, Todd Terry, Marco Carola and Simon Dunmore.
What is your process when you are making a funky house record? Do you did for samples or do you record live musicians.?
ROMBE4T: Feel Me is a very special project to me where several musicians have been involved in. Had to travel across the country with my recording stuff to record live instruments such as the brass- and violin sections. The melody lines I played / programmed myself and the electric guitars are mostly sample based.
Vst’s like Neo Soul Keys, Lounge Lizard and Keyscape give me the sounds I am looking for right out of the box as I am not that much into sound designing. I like to use original sounds from yester years analog instruments. It also speeds up my production process so my head stays clear for creativity as much as possible.
Unfortunately the splendid voice of the female singers are not original. My dream is to record a vocalist in the studio, but the female singers I have in mind are way out of my current budget. And recording vocals is one of the toughest things to do.
What’s the most essential thing a good house record should have?
ROMBE4T: Just as long as it makes you want to move your feet. To me a song needs happy vibes and uplifting spirits.
Describe the wildest party from the last two months.
ROMBE4T: I would definitely have to say Tomorrowland. Wow, what a show and entertainment all around! And you get a taste of all sorts of dance music happening now and what’s to come. Really impressive and best party I have been this year.
Is there a final thing you would like to say to our readers?
ROMBE4T: If you have a passion for infectious soulful house vibes, just as I do, than follow me for upcoming releases and gigs. Always happy vibes!
Where can people find you online?
Thanks again for taking the time for this interview!