Since his 2003 debut with the big riffs of his proggy ‘Do It Right’ EP, Spanish house DJ/producer Plastik Funk has built a solid back catalogue of radio-friendly electro-house bangers on labels like Spinnin’, HEXAGON and Tiger Records as well as remixing Deadmau5, David Guetta, Robyn and Shaggy on the way.
Besides his string of singles, he’s also commissioned plenty of compilations including Germany’s ‘Ministry Of Sound 2009 Sessions’. As a DJ, Plastik Funk, real name Rafael Ximenez-Carrillo, has played high-profile DJ sets worldwide at festivals including Mayday, Sensation White and Love Parade, as well as holding down a summer residency at the legendary Space Ibiza.
Collaborations with the likes of UK rapper Sneakbo and German artist Tujamo have bought him international crossover success and he’s also had big tunes this year in the shape of his synth-heavy ‘Push It’ and with his euphoric rework of the Pointer Sisters’ ’80s hit ‘Dare Me’ together with NERVO and Tim Morrison.
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
“Music, sports, family.”
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
“How important it is that the music scene sticks together and helps each other in bad times like this.”
What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
“I think it’s up to everyone, no matter the genre of music you play, or where you’re from, to come together to help offer a seat at the table and offer equal opportunities for all races.”
What industry changes are you personally pushing for to make the dance music scene more inclusive?
“For me, music and the music scene has the power to show the world that we are all the same, and with talent and work for our passion, we can make it anywhere. I constantly receive and search independently for new music and aim to support artists from all over the world, both on live bills and within my sets. That's what I love about music, it’s an international language and brings people from all over the world together regardless of race, gender or orientation.”
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?
“Barbara Tucker feat. Darryl D’Bonneau, ‘Stop Playing With My Mind’.”