Note : One of our favourite rising names to come from the Aberdeen area is Ronnie Pacitti aka Rondevu - We came across his stuff a good few years back and got him up alongside James Campbell to play as part of a DJ marathon we held at Bogbain Farm - since then Ronnie has gone on to establish himself not only in the Scottish scene but globally with some big names backing him and a recent step into label management we can't wait to see where he'll end up next!
Where are you from and when did you start working in the creative industries?
I'm from Aberdeen and I started getting involved in the creative industry from about 12/13 years old. I got into writing hip hop instrumentals and selling them online. My dad used to be a well known dj and producer locally and he kept all of his music gear in my bedroom. My bedroom was pretty much a studio and I was naturally gravitated to play around with it all. At that time my dad was writing progressive house/techno records and I absolutely hated them which is funny as that's what I'm writing now haha. The turning point for me was around 17 when my mate Kris used to play loads of techno and trance music. I ended up getting into it and started to DJ.
What projects are you currently working on?
Right now I'm currently working on my own label which is called Rondevu_music. The label name itself isn't very cool or creative but the plan was to just use it as a platform for my own records mostly and it made sense to keep it all tied in with the "Rondevu_" name rather than having to try and build something new when I'm still in the process of building myself as an artist. The only time I'll have someone else release on the label is if I remix a track of theirs from an EP or through the Rondevu With project which I will go into detail later on.
What is the creative scene like where you are?
The creative scene in Aberdeen is definitely growing stronger every year within the music side of things. There are so much talented djs and producers in Aberdeen making great records and putting on some great nights. I'm resident for a club night called Rare which is a weekly Thursday event. Every Thursday I play it is absolutely rammed. A consistently packed Thursday night with a dance music policy was unheard of a few years ago. Rory Masson is the guy who started the event and he's worked mega hard to get it where its at today. I don't know much about any of the other creative stuff going on in Aberdeen as all I really get involved with is music. I've noticed though there have been a lot of art projects happening which is great for the city and I guess I need to start checking more of this stuff out for myself.
What would you say have been your career highlights so far?
There have been a few. Releasing records on labels and having your favourite Dj's/producers supporting them is a great achievement to me. To have the likes of Kölsch and Sasha supporting my music is amazing. Having tracks being played in both the mixmag lab and dj mag live is something I'm proud of as well as having my first EP on my own label featured in Mixmag.
We are all about collaboration - do you think this is an important part of creating and if so then how has it changed the way you work?
Yes. Collaboration is definitely something I strongly believe in. As I said above I have a project that's going to happen on my label called "Rondevu_with..." and the whole concept of it is that I will release a 3 or 4 track EP where me and several other producers have collaborated on a track together. I want to try and keep the producers I work with from Aberdeen as the whole point is to showcase the talent here, but if there is a producer I really believe in and wants to work together then I'll do it. Within the industry I'm involved in you notice a lot of cities have their own little family who are all working together to push their city forward and that's what I'm trying to build and achieve with this project. Collaboration is also important to build yourself and improve your skills. I collaborate a lot with my friend James Campbell and we always bounce really well off of each other & more importantly are constantly learning from one another and keeping each other right when we hit a wall when creating. I feel collaboration is the best way to learn anything new.
Who was/is your main influence?
Artistically my main influence is definitely Eric Prydz aka Pryda. His music is amazing and so unique. He manages to keep a balance between being respected and also crossing over to a wider audience which is something I think is important and very hard to achieve. His EPIC show is incredible as well. Mad visuals!
Prydz EPIC live show 5.0 - Click to watch
and finally, 3 creators we should be checking out?
James Campbell: A DJ & Producer from Aberdeen writing some really good stuff! And has done loads over in Ibiza.
Instagram : @jamescampbellDJ
Patrick Perez: This is a guy I know from Toronto. He is making some proper unique stuff. He just dropped an album on Spotify so check it out!
Instagram : @patrickperezz
Moona Paldanius: Moona is a graphic designer who does a lot of work for me and loads of Djs/promoters around Aberdeen. She does more than that though and her work is cool as fuckk! Instagram : @m.mirjami.p
Another name you should be looking out for very soon is Yungruzt. He's a guy from Aberdeen about to release his first EP on my label and has loads more productions in the works.
Instagram : @yungruzt_
Cheers Ronnie, to hear his current tracks and keep up to date on all future releases go and give him a follow on soundcloud : Rondevu | Free Listening on SoundCloud