Immerse yourself in Rinzen’s cinematic techno soundscapes at the Electric Zoo [Interview]
Los Angeles based electronic music producer Rinzen continues to impress listeners (including us) with its otherworldly techno-focused ensembles. With one-of-a-kind sound, the avant-garde musician revolutionized electronic music as we know it and opened up a whole new horizon of unthinkable soundscapes for music lovers around the world. Regardless, the past year presented nothing but a huge success for Rinzen, and we’re sure the stars will only continue to line up when it comes to his thriving music career going forward.
Over the past couple of months, New York’s underground music scene has seen more Rinzen than ever before, and we’re totally here for it. From her big Cityfox Regenerate debut at the Brooklyn Mirage in July to her very first performance at Electric zoo this past weekend, the thriving DJ / producer is happy to finally cross performing at these venues off his list of accomplishments. Whether the sun is shining on your skin during festival day or you start to lose track of time in a more intimate nightclub vibe, Rinzen never fails to throw absolute bangers and wow the crowd with her expertise. captivating and moving mix. .
Last Labor Day weekend, Electric Zoo was honored to welcome Rinzen to its mind-boggling roster of incredible performers, and it was a breath of fresh air to see more underground talent perform in one from the most renowned music festivals in the country. Rinzen’s first Electric Zoo slot at 4:30 p.m. on the newly remodeled Hilltop Arena stage that Saturday was just magical, as it perfectly interwoven melodic percussion with that cinematic, catchy techno sound we don’t seem to like. to have enough. Whether or not he was already a Rinzen fan, everyone in the crowd seemed to genuinely resonate with his visionary live soundscapes.
Lucky for us, we got to chat with the inspiring musician ourselves following his exemplary performance at the Electric Zoo, and it was admirable to have the opportunity to have more information about his history. artistic personality and career-oriented efforts. Read on to fully immerse yourself in Rinzen’s unique world full of purely ethereal musical creations and a forward-looking artistic vision like no other.
Night times: Thank you very much for having us! Your ensemble was amazing! How does it feel to play Electric Zoo this year?
Rinzen: It’s incredible ! I feel like Electric Zoo is one of those American festivals that you always hear about and it’s amazing to finally get here and be able to play there. I am honored to represent more underground music in a more commercial festival.
Night times: Your set here at Electric Zoo was a day set, but you are widely recognized for your underground and extended nightclub sets. How do you decide what specific sound style to incorporate into your live sets based on your performance time and setting?
Rinzen: Usually I think about the time I play and the location, the scenery etc but going into my performance today here at EZOO I honestly had no idea what to do with me. wait and I hadn’t really planned or prepared anything. . I just wanted to come in, dance and tour the festival myself to get a feel for the crowd before my set before deciding how to proceed for my performance.
Night times: Is this your first return festival since before the pandemic?
Rinzen: It’s a yes. It really feels good to see so many people again in an outdoor festival setting. Festivals are actually a bit more difficult in terms of performance for me sometimes because the sets are usually shorter. I feel like the crowd usually expects bangers and heavier tracks all the time and it’s hard to incorporate the magic of all of that into an hour-long set.
Night times: So, would you say you prefer a more intimate 5 hour club set rather than a festival show?
Rinzen: I think so, but festivals have their own unique kind of energy which I also really appreciate. When it comes to performing at festivals, I always think about what my friends and I would like to hear live in that type of environment, and that’s kind of how I choose which tracks to include as well. That’s why I mixed a Lana Del Rey track during this EZOO set!
Night times: Every artist has a dream music festival that they hope to debut one day. If you could perform at any music festival in the world, which one would you choose?
Rinzen: Whoa, good question! Hmmmm Damian Lazarus has this festival called Day Zero and playing that in Tulum would be an absolute dream. I feel like the audience at his events is just there for the music, and in a way, I feel like this sophisticated type of audience seems to understand my music more in depth.
Night times: What have been your most memorable performances of 2021 so far?
Rinzen: Playing Cityfox Regenerate at the Brooklyn Mirage for their opening weekend in July was certainly the most memorable. I think it was just that kind of perfect scenario to have the right time, the right scene selection, and the right audience. When all of these things line up, this explosive energy happens and it’s just magical. It’s hard to reproduce moments like this and I will never forget the energy in the air that night.
Night times: You just opened for Lane 8 on his Brightest Lights tour at the Brooklyn Mirage, can you tell us more about that experience and your relationship with him and his label This Never Happened?
Rinzen: I am a huge fan of him and have known his music since he started on Anjunadeep some time ago. When he started doing his mixtape series, I thought I would send him some of my music, and he’s been so supportive of my ideas and my sound ever since. Our relationship kind of grew over time, and when I wrote “Some Good Here” in my forties, I was trying to figure out who I wanted to release the song with. This Never Happened seemed like the perfect solution. The stars aligned and we released the song on TNH and then he asked me to open for him on his Brightest Lights tour which I loved being a part of because I got to show my deeper side and more melodic.
Night times: In addition to This Never Happened, you’ve also released tracks on top labels like mau5trap, Desert Hearts, and more. With what imprint would you say you have the closest relationship?
Rinzen: I will always be grateful to mau5trap as they really sparked my debut in the music industry and helped me build my career. Recently I’ve become extremely close to the guys at Desert Hearts and it’s just amazing to have a friendship with the people you work with. I am always looking to evolve and grow as an artist, and I am delighted to forge even more rewarding relationships in the future.
Night times: In my opinion, you have one of the most unique sounds in the electronic music industry today. If you could, how would you describe your sound signature in one or two words?
Rinzen: Cinematographic and cerebral.
Night times: What made you want to create this cinematic, techno sound to begin with?
Rinzen: I think it was a consequence of growing up in Los Angeles and falling in love with film and literature and being interested in all of these deeper stories and art forms. When I decided to approach music, it just seemed like I wanted to incorporate all of these artistic concepts into my creations.
Night times: When it comes to creating music, what do you think is your biggest inspiration?
Rinzen: Honestly, everyday life experiences. Traveling, meeting people, playing in different places and strolling through towns that I have never been to, these are the little things that have meaning that inspire me.
Night times: What are you looking forward to the most in the last few months leading up to 2021?
Rinzen: After leaving New York, I’m playing a 5 hour extended set in San Francisco and Chicago next weekend, which I’m very excited about. I’m also excited to perform at the Seismic Dance Event in Austin later this fall as it’s such a big techno festival!