At 18 years old, RICK TIBBE has already built an impressive base of European festival and US club bookings.
He is a driven, talented and diverse music producer: young, hungry and eager to broaden his audience.
We linked up with Rick Tibbe for a quick interview at the Careless Records Launch Party.
How do you like Chicago, Rick?
“I love it. It’s an awesome city. Absolutely.”
What do you think of the music scene?
“Music was born here – like house music! It still stuck around and people still love it People are all into the music, and it makes everyone keep loving it.”
How long have you been producing for?
“I honestly don’t know exactly how long I’ve been producing for, but I think I’ve been doing this for about 6 or 7 years now. I used to write my own music score while I was still playing the trumpet, but I wanted to do something different so I decided to learn how to use FL Studio.”
What genre would you describe yourself as?
“I’d definitely describe myself as progressive house. Although I get my inspiration from other genres too, I always fall back on the energetic and uplifting progressive house melodies.”
What artists influence you/do you look up to?
“I really look up to Martin Garrix. Maybe it sounds a little bit cliche as he’s been voted the best DJ / producer in the world, but that’s not why I look up to him. Most artists stick with a single style of music, but he manages to produce track with several different genres all the time, such as progressive house (obviously my favorite), future bass, future house etc.”
You started playing trumpet about 10 years ago at 8 years old… Tell us about your musical progression.
“I started playing the trumpet, as you just said. I actually quit playing the trumpet because it was taking a little too much time from school and from soccer and other hobbies. I downloaded FL studio and I started messing around with just loops and putting them together. I was working on it and I progressed over the years. There are people who learn to do it in like 2 years, I took a little longer.”
Did you start playing the trumpet through school or through family?
“We had a show at school, which was done by he guy who gave me lessons, and I was like ,I wanna do this!”
Awesome. What else are you excited about?
“I’m working on a lot of new music right now with some very good vocalists, and I’m really excited to share these tracks with the world. It has been a while since my last release.”
What is your proudest moment so far?
“My proudest moment so far is absolutely signing to CARELESS RECORDS.”
“Not only did this bring me the opportunity to release my own music and work with amazing vocalists, it also got me a bookings in Chicago and I got to meet a lot of great people from around here!”
What DAW (Digital Audio Workshop) do you use?
“I’m using FRUITYLOOPS Studio.”
“I used this (FL STUDIO) when I first started producing, and throughout the years I’ve tried out a bunch of other DAWs (Digital Audio Workshops). I made most of my tracks in FL Studio, so I couldn’t get to the same workflow in other DAWs.”
“Every time I tried out a new DAW, I decided to stick with FL because it’s so much easier for me.”
What are some of your favorite plug-ins?
“I use a lot of different plugins because every plugin offers something special, but if I have to choose one I’d definitely go for Sylenth1.”
“It’s a very user-friendly plugin with a lot of possibilities.”
What’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you while DJing?
“There was this one girl who was completely wasted and wanted to take another sip of her drink, but she spilled the complete drink on her shirt and then pretended it didn’t happen.”
If you were stranded on a desert island, what album would you have with you?
“This is a very difficult question haha. I love all different kinds of music, but I think I’d go for A Rush Of Blood To The Head by Coldplay. I know it’s far from my style but I’ve loved their music since I was a kid and I still do!”
Chipotle or Qdoba?
“I think I’d go for Chipotle. I don’t know why, but I like their food just a little more.”
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