Those in the know will be aware that Tom Ruijg is no newcomer to electronic music. However, his new alias Tracey is. Earlier this year marked the release of a new project, an EP surfaced on Tom Trago's Voyage Direct label which was packed with analogue laden house and techno. A distinct contrast to the floor filler esque house most commonly associated with the Amsterdam based producer he has reasserted himself with authority. We caught up with him as he delivers a mix for Ransom Note.
Listen and read the interview below:
Where was the mix recorded?
In my studio in the basement of Volkshotel in Amsterdam.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
It's more a club mix than a listen mix. I think it will work pretty good on vehicles, you might end up somewhere in space.
What should we be wearing?
As little as possible.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
Sun on my harses, proper soundsystem and some friends.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
I guess that's the last track of the mix by Jeremiah R called "Epic Of Creation". Trippy shit.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
I don't have one favourite. There is one mix, "Spencer Kincy / Gemini experiments in, 1996", that inspired me big time after I found it out. As well as an old Richie Hawtin recording at Awakenings Gashouder 1996. Maybe that was a good year.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
Two totally screwed technics (still own them) and the speakers from my first stereo set.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
I would say both even important aswell what's in between.
What were the first and last records you bought?
First record I bought was "Paul Johnson - Get Down" on a tape along the road to france when I was around 11 years old. Few years ago I bought it on vinyl to complete the circle. One of the last records I bought was from the early 80's band "Liquid Liquid" called "Liquid Liquid".
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
Rack of lamb served pink, grilled lambs liver, carrot and swede dauphinoise, fondant potato, red cabbage and gravy.
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
I think everything is mixable.
Upcoming in the world of…
I'm doing a track on a compilation on Nuno Dos Santos his imprint "SOHASO" June 30th. The second release on "Voyage Direct" is ready as well, coming out right after the summer. Also working on another EP I can't say much about yet, so a lot of exciting things coming up!
Anything else we need to discuss?
Thanks for putting out this mix, stay safe during this journey through space and time. Enjoy!