Ricardo Villalobos  

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Ricardo Villalobos is a Chilean musician, producer and DJ. He is well-known for his work in the minimal techno and microhouse genres, and is one of the most significant figures in today's minimal techno scene.

Villalobos was born in the capital of Chile, Santiago, in the year 1970. At the age of three he moved to Germany with his family after General Augusto Pinochet overthrew the socialist government of Salvador Allende in 1973.

When Ricardo was around 10 or 11 he started to play conga and bongos. He began making electronic music in the late 80s. From a very young age he has been a big fan of Depeche Mode, even following their tours around Europe to listen to them.

Villalobos takes much of his inspiration from Depeche Mode, as well as other artists such as Daniel Miller, Thomas Melchior, Baby Ford, Daniel Bell and Andrew Weatherall. He has also taken inspiration from rhythmic South American music.

Villalobos began to play his music at parties while he was studying at university, but this was only for his own enjoyment. He started a label, Placid Flavour, in 1993 but this was unsuccessful. His first record was released on the German Playhouse label in 1994 and he began DJing as a professional in 1998.





  • Sinus Poetry EP (1993)
  • The Contempt (1995)
  • N-DRA (1996)
  • Heike (1998)
  • Salvador (1998)
  • 808 the Bassqueen (1999)
  • Frank Mueller Melodram (1999)
  • Pino Jet Explosion (1999)
  • Ibiza99 (2000)
  • Luna (2000)
  • Que Belle Epoque (2000)
  • Tomorrov Cocktail / Ananas (2000)
  • Bredow / Damm 3 (2001)
  • Halma (2002)
  • 808 The Bass Queen / Filtadelic (2003)
  • The Contempt (2004)
  • Achso (2005)
  • Chromosul (2005)
  • For Disco Only 2 (2005)
  • Que Belle Epoque 2006 (2006)
  • Heike (2006)
  • Seive / Jimis (2006)
  • Unflug (2006)
  • What You Say Is More Than I Can Say (2006)
  • What's Wrong My Friends? (2006)
  • Enfants (2008)
  • Vasco EP Part 1 (2008)
  • Vasco EP Part 2 (2008)

Mix albums

  • Love Family Trax (2002)
  • In the Mix: Taka Taka (2003)
  • Green & Blue (2005)
  • Fabric 36 (2007)


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