LABELS: AMA Recordings, Oslo Records, Cecille, Mobilee Records
Since emerging on the flourishing German house scene over 10 years ago, Ray Okpara has become one of its most interesting and vital figures.
Thanks to compelling releases on Mobilee , Oslo and Saved, Okpara has established a voice that speaks to his Nigerian heritage as well as his ability to carve out rock solid dancefloor groovers. Add to this the fact that Ray exudes love, creativity and a vigour for life and it’s easy to see why his reputation reaches far and wide.
Ray isn’t just releasing on some of the biggest labels in the business, either. He’s nurturing both new and established talent, pushing the music he feels very passionate about through his very own Ama Recordings (launched in 2010). Getting its name from Ray’s own middle name Amaefule, it literally translates as “your name will never get lost”. It’s safe to say there’s no danger of this producer’s name getting lost, thanks to captivating DJ sets and a keen ear for all things deep, trippy and hypnotic.
As if that wasn’t enough, Okpara has been spreading the good vibes through his party series which goes by the name of It’s Ours. As the name suggests, the events allow Ray to get behind the decks with his good friends. Recent events have seen Ray host the likes of Shane Watcha, Nekes, Okain and Marko Nastic in both London and Mannheim, where he currently resides.
Throughout his career, Ray Okpara has managed to make people smile through a collective love of house music, and there’ll be plenty more of that in 2018, that’s for sure.
Hello mate! How Are You? What do you have scheduled for today?
Hey Hey, guys, I am fine. Just finished to write this sheet for mff.
Please tell us a bit about your latest releases!
There are some new releases coming on Cachai, No Excuse, This and That. My schedule is full till the summer. So lets see how it goes. Actually we re in winter but I am already waiting for summer2018.
On my own label ama recordings are also loads of new artist which will release cool music which I play in my sets.
Which release was the one who gave you the most attention so far?
I think my early releases on oslo records & mobilee records were the ones.
Tell us a bit about your upcoming releases! Is there anything special planned?
More and more is coimg lets see how 2018 rolls :*
As you are touring a lot, please tell us something about your experience. What is your favourite city or country and why?
My fav I s mexico with my union crew. Great people great country. And loads of fiestas J))
everyone should go and checl it out .
What were your TOP 5 gigs so far?
My Rakete Nürnberg, Hive Zurich, CDV Berlin, Studio76 Madrid, sysiphos Berlin
What are your top 5 tracks that are really working the dance floor in your sets at the moment?
Leo Portela – Lima Hotel – AMA Recordings 035
Azimute – We are the sound (Alexkid RMX) – Serialism
Mihai Popoviciu, David Delgado – Monke (Original Mix)
ONNO & Per Hammar – Mad Palace (Chris Wood Remix) – Oblack
The Groove (Zlatnichi Mental Mix) – Little Festival
Thank you for your time and this interesting interview!
Interview by Lars
Live recorded @:
25.12.17 It´s Ours @ Climax, Stuttgart
Ray Okpara B2B Nekes Part.1
It was the late Charles Bukowski who once said, „Some people never go crazy“.
What truly horrible lives they must live.“ That said, DJ and producer Ray Okpara started to keep party-goers on their toes,
with new party series launched in early 2015. Named after and inspired by Bukowski’s poetic piece, “It’s Ours”.