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Raider


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Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?


Hey! So my name is Ricard, a 16 y/o artist based in Barcelona and I produce under the stage name "Raider". I'm mainly into melodic dance music, trying to find an original, captivating sound.


How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?


I definitely changed my style and taste. When I was younger I used to listen to mainly bigroom, dubstep and mainstream EDM and I actually produced that kind of stuff. But I started discovering other genres, not just inside the EDM world, which made my taste and style evolve. That was actually really important for me, since it did let me find my own style, not being limited by genres.


What´s new right now?


Hey yes! I recently released my first EP, that goes by the name of "The Others". The support that it has been receiving has been insane, people seems to love it! So yeah, that really makes me happy. For the future, I'm already working on a lot of new music (featuring huge collaborations) which I feel that sounds nothing like any other artists. It will probably be out soon so, stay tuned to my socials for news.

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Are you a superfan of anyone? How did you become a superfan? Do you remember how you become a fan and what turned you into super fan? Have you ever thought about why you´re such a fan?


That's a really good question… I'm a fan of a lot of artists from different genres, but I need to confess I'm such a Porter Robinson fanboy. I guess because of the introspective view their tracks give me, as well as the emotions involved on his music. The frontier between average and outstanding music are goosebumps, and I get them everytime with his stuff.


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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?


I'd say focusing on trying to make what was mainstream at that time and not making music that I really enjoyed myself. This is the best advice I can give, be true to yourself and write honest music.


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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?



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Do you have good promotion tips for other musicians?



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Do you have insights on how to grow your audience on soundcloud that you want to share with our audience?



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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?


I'd say finding the balance between my artist career and studying (since I'm still in school). It is really hard sometimes, since both take me a lot of time. But I now focus almost all my free time on music, since its my main passion. For now I'm doing not bad at all, but this is my last school year so I'll have more time to focus on my career after this.


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How do you personally discover new music?


Since I run a label (Inextremis) I'm listening to music 24/7 in order to find new talent. I mainly do that on soundcloud, I only follow accounts who upload and repost only great stuff, so my feed is always full of new gems. I'm starting to be more into spotify aswell now, I follow a few playlists that really fit my taste and some of my favourite tracks were discovered there.


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Once you discovered new music, do you tell others about the new music/artist you discovered? If yes, how exactly?



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What is your number one tip to improve your music production or songwriting skills?



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What is your best tip for those who struggle with finishing their tracks?



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We meet again in one year. What has changed?



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