Many moons have passed since our silver soldier first exploded onto the scene. Traversing the globe with his trusty laptop in tow, the roving Ramirez has dispensed his razor sharp productions to unassuming dancefloors with the precision of first class marksman. Whether he’s hidden behind devilish disguises such as The Lisa Marie Experience, Cordial, Finger Fest and Rambo, or performed as the man you know best as D Ramirez, Dean Marriot has achieved more than an entire legion of lesser DJs.
He’s achieved five top 20 hits, played on every continent and single handedly coined THAT electrohouse sound. He was awarded Best Remix and Best Producer in DJ Magazine’s 2007 awards and 2006 saw him knighted as a Player Of The Year in iDJ. His remix of Bodyrox ‘Yeah Yeah’ scored him an Ivor Novello nomination while past exploits such as ‘Columbian Soul’, ‘Time Fades Away’, ‘Pleasure Me’ and ‘La Discotek’ have all achieved coveted Coolcuts and Buzz chart hotspots, championed by some of the biggest DJs in game. Hell, our hero’s even performed on Top Of Pops.
Back to the future, and we reach a new chapter in his success story. Tired of the over-peddled electrohouse sound, Dean’s moved on to pastures new. “I don’t feel comfortable with commerciality,” he states. “When people start expecting certain things of me I tend to back away.” A true underground soldier, he backed away from the hype and heat.
After much soul searching, and a move to a new studio, he began to brew a new sound. Inspired by the noises of his tough-talking DJ sets, our soldier’s super power has been rejuvenated by the exciting sounds of deep house and techno. Sounds where melody and soul are found deep within the heart of the machines. If you consider his meticulous DJ mixes where loops, tricks and FX are intricately laced with exceptional accuracy, or his studio methods where he’s known to tinker with noises for days on end, it’s just a case of simple, logical progression.
As well as being a world class remixer, producer and DJ, D. Ramirez also owns his own record label, Slave Recordings, on which he has most recently released a number of singles and ep’s. He is also known for his technical musical knowledge and hosts a thriving musical forum on his website, http://www.dramirez.co.uk The latter part of 2010 saw the anthemic party tune ‘Keep Us Together’ with Mara and Steve Edwards on released on Toolroom Records. 2011 sees D. Ramirez working on an exciting new album project with details to be released soon.