Sunday Love: Rodriguez Jr.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

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A product of South Of France, between Nîmes and Montpellier far from any big city, Olivier Mateu grew up on the seaside during the 1990s where he oscillated between piano lessons and electronic music parties.

As one half of French electro act The Youngsters – best known for their two studio albums and singles for Laurent Garnier’s F-Communications , the Youngsters’ award- winning productions catapulted them into the international arena, taking them to some of the biggest clubs and festivals around the world.

Rodriguez Jr. reveals a different incarnation of Mateu’s musical psyche, one that strides ahead, guided only by his kaleidoscopic vision; moving through shimmering, contemplative electronica, to deep and urgent techno, left field melodic accents and quirky pop refrains. Drawing inspiration from artists as diverse as Stockhausen, LFO, Carl Craig, Eric Satie, Kraftwerk, and Michael Polnareff, Rodriguez Jr.’s spirit of adventure translates as soaring creativity, and music that cannot be pigeonholed.

For a solid 10 hours a day, Mateu manifests Rodriguez Jr. in his MLab Mk5 studio, which brims with vintage synthesizers, keyboards and dusty analog gear. Drawing both pleasure and inspiration from live performance, Rodriguez Jr. relishes the opportunity to realize his project on the stage, and has done extensively throughout Europe and America during some of his most acclaimed shows at Tomorrowland in Belgium, ADE in Amsterdam, Off Week in Barcelona, Showcase in Paris, Watergate in Berlin and Loveland in Holland. Of particular note is the 2015 WMC in Miami and Desert Hearts festival, where his performance was rated the highlight in the festival’s history! No surprise he was voted in at no.31 in RA’s Top Live Acts.

On the production front, Mateu’s milestone’s including his first ever solo album ‘Bittersweet’ on mobilee in 2011, followed by the 7th mobilee back to back compilation in 2013. In 2016 he debuted his new Visualize show concept, intending to shift the artist’s performance towards that of a life concert feel, while heightening the connection with the crowd, courtesy of a stripped back minimalist set up. The resulting shows have been inspired expressions of his creative and technical talents and have taken in such dates as WeAre Festival (Marseille), Marvellous Island (Paris) and Loveland Barcelona, with Balaton Sound and Oasis Festival, among other handpicked events.


As a curator of dark, infectious grooves and wistful atmospheres, Enamour has developed a sound that delicately walks the line between deep introspection and pure club play. His sets are an intricate blend of deep, progressive, tech house and techno that values musicality over anything else.

With just a few official releases under his belt on labels including Deadmau5’s ‘mau5trap’ imprint and Lane 8’s ‘This Never Happened’ imprint, Enamour has already caught the attention of promoters across North America, playing all along the east coast. With his home base in DC, he held a residency with Glow Washington D.C. at Soundcheck and Echostage (voted #1 Club in America by DJ Mag), and is frequently called upon for direct support at other renowned clubs such as U Street Music Hall and Flash. In his time at these clubs, he’s supported some of the top names in dance music, including Eric Prydz (twice), Hot Since 82, Cristoph, Giorgio Moroder, Yotto, and more. 

Enamour was also selected by Lane 8 to support him in five cities of his Little By Little tour in early 2018 and was asked to remix “Skin & Bones” off of Lane 8’s sophomore album. The remix, which stayed in the Top 100 Beatport Deep House chart for nearly two months peaking at #20, also garnered vast support from a wide ranging set of DJs, including Above & Beyond, Hardwell, Cosmic Gate, and Nora En Pure. He then had two tracks featured on Lane 8’s ‘Root to Branch Vol. 2’ compilation in May and another two of Enamour’s forthcoming tracks were featured in Lane 8’s Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1. He then released his debut EP on Sascha Braemer's label, whatiplay--which peaked at the #3 spot on Beatport's overall Top 100 Releases chart.

In addition to these successful releases, Enamour has dozens of unreleased songs which are the highlight of each of his sets. Recently featured as an artist to watch in DJ Mag US and with all of this new music on the horizon, it is clear that 2018 is looking to be a breakout year for the young DJ.


Having started listening to electronic music in early 2002, Farid was eventually drawn to the beauty and emotion of trance music. In August 2011, after being an avid trance listener for many years, he set out to produce his own original music, fueled by inspiration and passion for the genre. Since then, his career has seen him release on the genre's biggest record labels, from Enhanced Music to Future Sound Of Egypt.

Most recently, Farid has remixed for the legendary Aly & Fila, which saw his efforts top the coveted Beatport trance chart as well as being billed on sold out shows as a headline performing artist. This has led to Farid's music receiving heavy support by some of the scene's biggest names, including Armin van Buuren, Aly & Fila, Above & Beyond, Ferry Corsten, and Paul van Dyk along with many others. Today, Farid is an established artist under the Future Sound Of Egypt label group and continues to be synonymous with quality music.