From High School DJ’ing to the Top of the Charts 

Exclusive Interview with Plastik Funk:

By Michael Beas

Music duo Rafael Ximenez-Carrillo and Mikio Gruschinske are have a unique house vibe that has withstood the test of time. Plastik Funk was formed in 2002 while Ximenez-Carrillo and Gruschinke were at high school. Spanish born native Rafael Ximenez-Carrillo immigrated to Grevenbroich, Nordrhein-Westfalen while his counterpart Mikio Gruschinske spent most of his life in Tokyo. That was before they collided and met in high school High School. Quickly, it was clear that they needed more then a high school musical to keep their dream and passion alive. Their fan base grew like an outta control wildfire. Their debut EP “Do It Right” EP was released in 2003 and the rest as they say… History Raver Mag had an opportunity to catch up with Rafael during Miami Music Week, this is what he shared up with us on the future of music and the future, his roots and what the group has in store for the rest of 2017…
To really to produce music in my view is an art. Walk with me through your journey as a DJ and a Producer to get to the level that you are today. Raver Magazine wants the inside story, what our fans look for is that inside scoop that you personally on your journey can look back and laugh at. I started DJing with my friends when I was in high school. At the time I did a lot of hip-hop and also house music. For us it was about creating the party, but even the high school parties were limited to some extent. One day we decided to have a party at my parent’s house. Needless to say over 350 people showed up. The party got literally out of control. I lived in a small village so you can only imagine how that went down. My parents showed up, and well they totally freaked out on me. It was then that I realized that I needed to play in the clubs where I wouldn’t have to worry about getting my a** kicked. I pretty much got booked almost immediately because people saw that I had a good following and if they booked me that at least 300 – 400 people would show up to the event. After seeing that the clubs where booking me, I wanted to grow more and I thought that in order to do that I needed to produce more. That is also the case that happened to almost all of my DJ friends. There comes a point in no matter what you do that you have to decide if you want to be in it 100% or not. For myself personally I choose this life and this is where I am today. Europe, The USA, The World, Miami where is it that you like to play most and why? For me personally it is great to stay in one place for like 5 to 6 days at a time. It usually doesn’t happen that way. Last week, I was on tour in a different place almost every single day. Miami and Miami Music Week is always special because there is always something going on for more then one day. I went to the beach in the morning, and then did some interviews in the afternoon, and then I performed. I didn’t have to rush on the tour bus to make it in time to get to another city. So Miami for me in general this is a great time and place that I like to be. It is also good to meet up with a lot of my DJ friends that are really my best friends so its like I am home…. What’s next for you for this year and beyond? Give us the scoop! Last year we signed with Armada Music and that is great because now we can release our music. We just created 4 new tracks. We basically locked ourselves in the studio from like January to February. For the past 6 – 7 weeks we have been testing the new tracks and the response has been really positive. I also did a few collaborations that I am excited to get released here soon. Last question: House Music vs. EDM…what’s the future? Honestly I think that people are a bit lost with what direction music is taking. I think that everything gets back to the clubs. I am booked for like 45 festivals this summer but ultimately things will go back the clubs. I also think the confusion is not that good because the community as a whole does loose its following. People leave and go to hip-hop or other types of music. The EDM vibe is really not a thing any more. House music is going to stay and so is dance music as a whole but the shift is really going hurt things right now for all of us. In the end things will change. It will go to hip-hop and then back to dance music and then back. That’s just how things go. At the end of the day I think that clubs will really bring it all back.

The Future of Dance Music is Plastik Funk: From the Clubs to the Festivals to Creating Music of Historic Proportion There is No Stopping Them… Full Support from us at Raver Magazine

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