Ricardo Rodrigues is the kind of artist that’s best described as ‘self-made’. His road to success took him from his birth town Lisbon, all the way to Holland, and then to Barcelona. Recently he felt it was time to return to his roots, and set up Industrialyzer’s headquarters in Amsterdam, the capital of the country where he truly discovered Techno, raves, and everything that makes people fall in love with this scene.
Getting his name on the bill of the events he plays today has not been an easy job. Because Ricardo plays and produces the kind of uncompromising electronic music he does, it’s been a struggle to compete with rapidly changing trends, and the fickle mistress that is the electronic music industry. Let’s be fair, if in the last decade you weren’t willing to diverge to House, Minimal, or some other fashionable sub genre to please the whims of the crowd, you probably didn’t have an easy time making your way.
Luckily, the thing with talent is that it only takes one person to be recognised and nourished. For Rodrigues this person was fellow Portuguese Cisco Ferreira, aka The Advent. Call it kindred spirits, call it whatever you want; the two immediately hit it off and started exchanging musical ideas from the get go.
Ferreira on Industrialyzer: “He’s creative, technically inventive, has a big sound, and he’s no quitter! We both took the underground route, building slowly and keeping full control over our music and careers, without the support of mass media or powerful friends. In my eyes he’s the next generation.”
Quickly after their encounter, Ricardo started releasing on imprints as Drumcode, MB Electronics, Bush, Patterns, Mote Evolver and of course The Advent’s Kombination Research. By now there are a huge number of Industrialyzer originals to underline Rodrigues’ gift for speaking to the masses through stripped down, high energy Techno. Also he’s delivered many remixes and reworks with the Advent for the likes of Umek, Green Velvet, Pig&Dan, Alex Bau, and Tom Hades to name a few.
Today, Industrialyzer’s plays the best underground festivals and clubs around the globe, both solo and with Cisco. Nature One, Awakenings, Day and Night Festival, Berghain, Tresor, well… you know the brand names. He also runs Codeworks, reserved mainly for a selection of the duo’s joint output. Just as most good Portuguese wines traditionally have a Reserva label.