Let's Talk: RISC

EI8HT Records is a brand new label from Eats Everything and Andres Campo, with the first two releases coming from Avision and Drumcomplex. The third outing for the label arrives next week as Los Angeles based talent RISC releases his Sessions EP.

We had a chance to ask RISC some questions in the lead up to the release where we discussed his excitement to finally have the EP out there, his approach to working with record labels and his thoughts on how American differs from Europe for techno music.

Thanks for sitting down with us, how are things in the life of RISC?

Things are going great! Staying busy in the studio working on new material.

You’re preparing for the release of the Sessions EP on EI8HT Records, are you excited to put it out there?

Yes, I am very excited about this release. It has a bit of everything on there, some house vibes and some straight warehouse techno. I’m very grateful to be working with EI8HT Records on this release.

How would you describe the release in one sentence?

It’s funky, jacking house and techno!

Your music has now appeared on labels like Relief and GND Records, how does it typically work when organising a release with a label?

Well, I kind of approach it the same for everyone. If there is a label I like and think what I am making may be a good fit. Then I send them some music. When they listen to it and if they like it, then we talk about the next step. Which may be a single or an EP. It really depends on a few different factors.

And how involved do you like to be when it comes to artwork, social media and promo stuff etc?

I like to be involved in all aspects of the record. If I have a chance to give my suggestions for artwork and promo I do. I enjoy doing interviews, DJ mixes or podcasts to help promote the music and connect with the listeners. I think it’s an important part of the process.

You are based in Los Angeles, how do you think the states compare to Europe for techno and the club scene in general?

I think the scene in the states supports music like techno and the more underground a lot more than it did in the past. Especially in the bigger cities like Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. But I still think the more popular music in the dance community with always take the centre stage at big festivals here. I think Europe will always embrace techno especially with cities like Berlin being in the centre of the scene. They have built the city and commerce around the nightlife and it lets people have the ability to rave all night long.

Before we go, what is something someone said that has stuck with you throughout your career?

A lot of friends and colleagues alike have told me many different things over the years. But the one thing that is a common factor is to always be humble. This doesn’t last forever, and things can change in an instant. So, take on whatever life brings you and always be thankful!

RISC’s Sessions EP will arrive on EI8HT Records on June 28th.