Spanish tech house DJ/producer Rafa Barrios had his first gig in the company of Chus & Ceballos. "I had never expected to quit my job to focus on the music business."
“My first gig was at La Riviera, one of the most important venues in Madrid. I had the opportunity to play for Stereo Showcase, together with Chus & Ceballos and some other guests. I was invited because I released my first track on their label. And I was happy: the vibe was really, really nice.”
Not the best slot
“At that moment, I was 25 years old. I was working at a regular company and had never expected to quit my job to focus on the music business. At this first gig, I didn’t have the best slot, but I felt blessed with this opportunity that was offered to me.”
“II remember that I was really nervous for that first gig. My own base was a small village in Seville. Because I was so excited, I couldn’t sleep the nights before. But in the end everything went really well.”
“La Riviera is a club with a capacity of two thousand people, right in the center of Madrid. The crowd that night was young, and mostly they were university students. They were dancing all night long. In the beginning it was a bit difficult, because the Spanish are used to hitting the clubs late, after 2 am. Before then they have the ‘botellion’, where they drink outside.”
“I had prepared my set on beforehand, but in the end I totally started improvising. As I said before, my gig went well. To me it felt a little like a crossfit class. I was sweating and kept on looking at the crowd to see their response. For me, that’s still the most important thing: I’m there to make you dance, have fun and forget the routine.”
“Luckily, I got plenty of support from one of my family members and two friends, but in the background I all my people supported me immensely. After that gig, I actually hit the dance floor myself and I was surprised to experience that some people wanted to take a picture with me.”
Winter Music Conference
“My mentors are definitely Chus and Ceballos. They gave me the chance to start in this business and I’ll never forget that. Until this day, they are always providing me with good advice and offering support in anything I need. They also invited me to Winter Music Conference this year and some other international gigs. Of course they were present at my first gig. For me it was really important that they showed up. Sometimes the big artists are not there for a debut. I’m so glad they spent the whole night with me and introduced me to their contacts. Almost as if they were my managers.”
This article is originally published on October 1st 2015 on DJMag.nl.