Riccardo Ferri was born in Florence in 1975. Classically trained on Piano and with studies in electronic he has found his place in electronic music.
After some experiences with a rock band in 1994 Riccardo began working with his mentor Stefano (Sandy) Dian in a studio in Vicenza, starting a new techno/trance label called Magnetik.
Gianni Agrey Experimental EP was Riccardo’s first released techno production.
In June 1995 his music attracted the attention of Mauro Picotto, who loved his work and immediately asked him to join him in Media Records, concentrating on a harder concept.
His arrival in 1996 convinced Media to release more underground tracks.
The first record, Mauro Picotto The Test (UND 001), a techno bass-line track, was created for the new label Underground.
The team was made by Riccardo, Mauro, and another musician Andrea Remondini. Guest producers, including the best techno/trance Italian DJs such as Mario Più, Gabry Fasano, Joy Kitikonti, Ricky Le Roy, Bismark, Saccoman, Tony H and some foreign djs like DJ Gee, Simon Foy and Marco Zaffarano, came in weekly to work on their projects…
Riccardo’s productions gained worldwide consensus with the release of Lizard in 1998 and the follow up releases such as Pulsar, Iguana, and Komodo.
He was in most cases more inclined towards the b-side mixes to give a more underground feel to the productions.
Riccardo was co-author of lot of BXR,Underground and Sacrifice releases between 1996 and 2001…
In 2002, Riccardo and Mauro left Media Records to focus more on their productions. They went on to create Bakerloo, incorporating Meganite and the label Alchemy.
After having released the Alchemist EP on Primate Recordings, their new imprint Alchemy brought further major releases…
In the following years, Riccardo became more and more interested in creating a live performance. He starts remixing his own tracks live using Mixer, sampler and some synthesizers.
The LIVE show, already a success in Italy, was exclusively launched in the UK @ Gatecrasher on the 25th of May 2002 at the Republic. Further appearances at Gatecrasher London (UK), Gatecrasher Summer Sound System (UK), Creamfields (Ireland and Ibiza), Timewarp (DE), Mysteryland Festival (Holland), Godskitchen (USA), Godskitchen Global Gathering (UK), Coloursfest (Ireland and Scotland) and Mayday Poland, gave his name recognition amongst clubbers and djs alike.
Other performances saw Riccardo bring his live set to Zurich, Bern, Los Angeles, Bogotá, Barrenquilla, Cali, Medellin, and Quito amongst others.
In the summer of 2004, Meganite landed a weekly residency in Privilege, Ibiza. The closing party live set marked the end of the live concept used until then, due to major wear to the machines through frequent travelling.
This gave Riccardo the idea for a new concept of live performance and he began programming a custom live machine made with Native Instruments Reaktor, used for the first time at Timewarp 2005.
The latest update of his Livemachine includes also a custom made controller using the Ipad tablet…
Production wise, Riccardo continues to be responsible for a large number of production and remixes released on Alchemy and many other respected labels such as Drumcode, Material, Suara, 100%Pure, Tronic, Octopus, Alleanza, Polar Noise, Hysterical, etc.. with both solo works and collaborations with other Alchemy artists such as Mauro Picotto, Gabry Fasano and Daniele Papini.
Riccardo Ferri’s tracks