Ronnie Spiteri is an artist that has immersed himself in house music since the age of 11. His father is a veteran promoter from the South Coast of England who in the early 90’s used to put on illegal Rave’s up and down the country. Many a time with a young Ronnie in tow.
By the age on 11 Ronnie had spun his first record on his Dad’s Technics, had his first DJ set recorded at the age of 14 and by the age of 16 had secured his first DJ residency at the local club night.
From there it was only a matter of time before he started producing music, putting down his experiences, influences, and ideas in the studio. Always the perfectionist Ronnie has spent the last 3 years honing his craft into quite simply an awesome house sound akin to his peers.
Given a string of upcoming high profile London shows we thought it was time to introduce Ronnie Spiteri to our readers and find out more about the mind behind the music.
We have seen a lot of debate around the words ‘underground’ & ‘commercial’ recently. For me, the word ‘underground’ is an unreachable utopia that no longer exists for several reasons. What is your take on this whole debate?
This is a topic or question which always comes up. It all depends on the person, where they grew up, what music they have already been listening to and more. One person will say something is underground, and another then say’s its commercial. Personally, I think a lot of people call themselves ‘underground’ as it makes them appear more edgy and cool, but it really doesn’t. What does the term ‘underground’ even mean anymore?! It’s just an opinion I think. Just get on with making music that YOU love and enjoy life. Plenty more to be worried about in life than whether you are ‘underground’ enough! What will be, will be!
Dance music is extremely cyclical and we feel that what is hot and what’s not is constantly changing. We have noticed with some of your recent output and mixes that you are moving away from ‘tech house’ and towards a more heavier techno sound. Do you feel techno is due another resurgence, what is your reasoning for this?
To be honest, I wouldn’t say that I am going fully techno, but yes, my sound has toughened up a little from what it may have been a few years ago. I like to call it ‘chunky house music’ – it’s not techno, not tech house, it’s a bit of everything with a lot of groove and some nice vocals here and there. I am really not into some of the current tech house music that’s being made if I am honest, and I like to have music which is full of melodic sounds to capture the listener but still have that thumping beat. It’s a hard balance, but I am trying to achieve it!
We have heard through the rumor mill that you are a huge football fan. This is a two-part question. Firstly, what do you think football and dance music have in common? Secondly, who is the greatest player of all time and why?
Good question! Haha. Football and music both have big crowds of people that are there to support the one thing they love. Both are also very sociable things to do with your family and friends. I love the atmosphere at a club or festival, and it reminds me sometimes of the atmosphere at a stadium.
Ohhhh the best player has to be Matt Le Tissier! He was the first midfielder to score over 100 goals in the BPL and I think if he left Southampton to go to the bigger clubs I think he would have set and broke all the records in the league!
You have been running your record label Kenja Records since 2014. It has become synonymous with tectonic bass lines, solid club grooves always with a homage to the history of house. As a label or an artist how important is it to carve a signature sound? Is it easy to move away from this sound in terms of experimenting?
Yeah, Kenja Records has been an amazing outlet and a good platform for me to be able to be free in what I release on it from my own catalog. It has taken a few years to get my sound and the labels right, but I feel like it’s there now. Kenja will sometimes put out deeper stuff or maybe a tougher release from time to time, but it’s nice to have some variety. Basically, if I really like it, then its good to go on the label. I like to be able to play all the music that’s on Kenja, whether it’s a sunset set or a peak time track at a big club or festival.
What is in the pipeline for Kenja Records is there any upcoming talent we should be looking for?
Well since you asked, yes! I’ll be putting out another album on the label early next year. Also, we have Josh Butler and Reset Robot with remixes soon. But for now, that’s all I am giving away. So, you guys got the exclusive on that!
For you what elements make a perfect party? Is there a most important element and have you met any promoters that can deliver on all consistently?
Always the most important element for me is the people, those that pay to come and see you pay your music. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here. So, they are the party in a way.
I have to say that all the gigs I have done with Alan Fitzpatrick over in Ireland and Scotland have ticked every box! Mental crowds, amazing hospitality, professional staff, fantastic venues and perfect set ups.
Finally, if you could play any dancefloor in the world past or present where would it be and why?
I would have loved to have been one of the DJs in the 90’s, playing in those raves and the clubs that everyone reminisces about now. It looked pure class, nothing but good vibes and everyone really getting down with it. You always see some of those old videos popping up online where Carl Cox was smashing it out, everyone going nuts etc. It just looked great. Lets try and make it like that again!
Upcoming London Shows
29th June – Sankeys, Studio 338, London
5th July – Back Of Beyond Festival, Hertford
13th July – Fabric, London
13th July – High Tide Garden party, Southampton
5th October – Symposium, Blackpool.