The Semi Delicious label head, DJ & producer Demi Riquísimo takes us on an extended journey, pushing the energy just shy of 3 hours.
Travelling through disco, tech club sounds, power house, acid and more it shows the skills and musical knowledge that has seen Demi play sets at some of London’s most esteemed club nights and beyond including all over the EU and Australia to name a few. We had a brief chat with Demi about the mix and what he has coming up on his labels Semi Delicious and A Lifetime On The Hips.
Heya Phonica! For this one I really wanted to do an extended mix, eclectic but still dance floor focused. I’m a huge fan of the Phonica mix series so felt I need to step up for this one 🙂
Can you tell us a bit about how you usually approach recording a mix or a set?
I almost always centre it around new music. Forthcoming releases from my Labels “Semi Delicious” & “A Lifetime On The Hips” always make a key feature as well as unreleased, unsigned & unheard ideas from myself. I have also accumulated a lot of music I don’t always get to play out in my sets so it’s a pleasure to include these tracks. Then I normally plug the gaps with tracks that have been a staple in my recent sets along with tracks I’ve admired over the years.
What are your preferred methods for finding new music—do you still enjoy digging around in dusty crates, or do you prefer to buy online?
You’ll be pleased to know I do the majority of my record shopping in London at Phonica, but mainly in store as I love being surprised by the knowledgable heads who work there. I do however spend a lot of time on Bandcamp when online and massively love indulging in a random record store when in another city or country.
What advice would you give to any DJ’s or Producers just starting out?
Totally focus on yourself and be aware of what’s going on around you but without letting it define you. Only produce what you’re genuinely into and don’t fall into fads for the sake of it. Work with likeminded producers and DJs and go out to the nights you love as much as you can. Practice making music as much as you can and try to build up a collection of music before starting to release it.
What do you have up your sleeve for 2023?
We have one more release on our sub-label “A Lifetime On The Hips” which we will be announcing soon and will be out early December. I’ll also be on tour in South America and USA finishing the year off in LA for NYE, b2b with DJ Tennis.