23-year-old Chico de Reus aka Ravitez has been DJing since 2010. 2017 has been a busy year for the young producer between playing festivals and shows around the globe and producing new music including his latest, "Aliens", which is out now on Afrojack's Wall Recordings.
We pulled this one from our interview archives when we had the opportunity to meet with Ravitez just before his set at Ultra Music Festival 2017 in Miami.
Only The Beat: Take us back. Where was your first official gig?
Ravitez: My official gig was at my house if I can remember. I was really nervous and I just started djing for only like half of a month, but it was fun to see all the people jumping and at that moment I decided to continue djing.
OTB: Who has been most inspirational in your career in music?
R: It was definitely my dad. He gave me my first DJ set. He still inspires me when I make my own music. Besides my dad, Coldplay. Every time I listen to their music it inspires me.
OTB: If you had to pick another career what would it be?
R: I used to snowboard professionally. I went all around Europe with the Dutch National Team. I would definitely do that if I wasn't djing.
OTB: What is your favorite track that you produced and one that you did not produce?
R: My favorite track that I produced was my collaboration with Joey Dale "Everest". Afrojack played that at Ultra on the main stage last year. I am really proud of that one. My favorite track that I did not produce is Coldplay, "A Sky Full of Stars". It's really amazing.
OTB: Is it harder to get discovered in the industry or maintain the status of being a top producer?
R: I'd say both are hard. If you just started, it's very difficult to get attention from all the big DJs. But if you're already at the top you need to constantly make music and do big things to stay at the top. It's truly difficulty for both.
OTB: What advice do you have for an aspiring DJ trying to get a shot in the industry?
R: It may sound a bit cheesy, but just work hard and never give up. I worked really hard and I kept e-mailing Afrojack. It took almost two years for him to respond and say that he really likes my music and come along to the studio. Stay in the studio and work hard.
OTB: You played a couple of shows already during Miami Music Week this year. What is the atmosphere like?
R: It's really crazy because everyone here is coming for the same reason to party and have a good time. The atmosphere is great with everyone jumping and being so excited. Miami is the best for the music.
OTB: Where do you see the dance music industry going in the next few years, any new technology or changes?
R: I don't think the technology is changing we already have all kinds of tech stuff with CD players that look like space ships. I think the music will evolve. Every year or two years you can hear a new sound coming up. I hope there are new genres and new types of music.
OTB: You just had your first release on Revealed Recordings. Can you tell us a little bit about that project?
R: It started as this track called "Fun" because I wanted to create a bouncy track and I made this sound in about a minute and the track was already born. When I heard the track, I kept thinking of little bugs that were twerking on the window at my condo and that is where I came up with the name "Bug Twerk".
OTB: What is the top personal milestone for you so far?
R: I can't say right now because I am about to play Ultra. That will probably be my top milestone soon.
OTB: What can we expect from you in the future?
R: I have a lot of collaborations going with younger producers and with bigger names. I have some new things going with Afrojack and some new original tunes later this year.