Alex Ranerro is a Slovenian based DJ & producer who's also one of the founders and owners of SolvdMag platform. Alex released his first track in 2011 on Umek's imprint 1605 Music Therapy, which instantly hit the Beatport top 100 techno chart. Since that, he’s been releasing regularly on notable labels such as Bedrock, Glasgow Underground, MadTech, Simma Black, Flashmob, Criminal Hype, Undr The Radr and many others. His tracks were supported by the likes of Mark Knight, Darius Syrossian, Roger Sanchez, John Digweed, Umek, Sam Divine, Tim Cullen just to mention few.
Alex’s musical output is embossed by his versatility as a music producer and DJ and cannot be pinned down to a single genre. Some of his own productions go way deeper, others are more targeted at the peak time to reach a wild movement on the dance floors, but there is a constant to all of them; it has got to be groovy and it needs to hold a story that speaks to the audience. We've invited him to our bellowed 101 article to share his experiences with us.
What’s your favourite piece of gear – something you couldn’t live without?
I’d say my laptop. I don’t go anywhere without it and it’s my essential tool for creating music so I can’t imagine living without one. That’s actually quite sad, to be honest, but I guess that’s the world that we live in.
Which do you prefer – playing at enormous festivals or intimate clubs?
Both are nice in its own way but if I have to choose one, then I’d say playing in smaller clubs is what I enjoy most. I don't know but I feel more comfortable in smaller clubs where the crowd is nearer and the light is a bit more darker.
Which is the most mesmerising club that you’ve ever played at?
I’ve played some nice clubs and venues so it’s quite hard to pick one. Sankeys Ibiza is incredible but my favourite so far has to be Ambasada Gavioli in Slovenia. The place is just spectacular and Slovenian crowd is one of the best around so playing there is really something else. If you haven’t been there I suggest you to start planning a trip hehe.
What is your best and worst experience at a gig and why?
It’s hard to pick only one best experience since there are really quite of few ones. I guess playing an official Ultra Europe after-party in front of a large audience was pretty dope. I really enjoy playing Solvd resident nights at club K4 in Ljubljana as well. I didn’t have any particular bad experience besides empty clubs, which happened few times. That’s something we all need to go through, right? :)
Do you have any interests besides music?
I’m a big sports fan, especially basketball. I used to train it for fifteen years but I’m not the tallest around so I decided to quit. Luckily for me, my brother still plays it professionally and that way my love for this beautiful sport is still alive. I also love to cook. My grandparents had a restaurant when I was growing up and I spent a lot of times in the kitchen.
Do you enjoy sunset or sunrise sets?
This one is tough since both are amazing. I’d pick sunset though since it has something magical about it and I’m also not really an after-hours guy. Partying during daylight is totally different experience and if you play right music when the sun goes down, you can create an unforgettable moment.
What do you like and what do you hate about the music industry?
Music is truly a universal language and that’s the beauty of it. Through it, I’ve meet so many great people and visited beautiful places; I’m pretty sure that without music, this wouldn’t be the case. On the other side, I don’t like the business part of it. I still believe it should be only about music but unfortunately, it’s not.
If you could pick any artist to do a b2b set, who would it be?
There are a couple of them for sure but Darius Syrossian would be definitely one of the picks.
What’s your biggest fear?
I guess my biggest fear is that I won’t reach my goals and that I won’t be able to provide for my family. I still have plenty of time to work on both though. :)
What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you on a gig?
Well, there were so many funny moments that I could write a short book about them. A couple of days ago I’ve played at Rocks Club on Zrče beach for Vibra crew during Hideout Festival and there were thousands of UK people. During my gig, there was a guy that had a stuffed monkey on his shoulder. All of a sudden he decided to throw it up on palm tree which was in front of DJ booth.
Of course, the monkey didn’t fall down so the guy found a long stick to poke it off. After a couple of minutes, he succeeded and the mayhem started! It was really a funny moment.
Could you pick one timeless track?
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Thanks everyone for supporting my music and especially SolvdMag! We’re working hard to get better each day and I’m looking forward seeing what the future holds for us.