Developing a taste in electronic music at a young age, Greg Downey has since marked himself among the best trance DJs with his uplifting productions. With support from some of the biggest names in the industry, Greg Downey is a well versed producer who can bring styles of music to the table. The Ireland native has had quite a few releases under his belt over the years and from the looks of it, he isn’t stopping any time soon! With that said, get to know a little bit more about Greg Downy as one of our colleagues was fortunate enough to get some questions answered by the trance sensation.
1) Introduce yourself to our readers
Yo! My name is Greg Downey, I’m an Electronic Dance Music DJ specializing in trance along with a side of tech trance , techno and progressive. I love eating, drinking and Thai Boxing.
2) In rising as one of the youngest DJs in the scene, what sparked you into DJing and producing Electronic Dance Music? Anyone still in the industry who has had a prolific effect or inspiration for your work?
From a very early age I was hooked on underground dance music. I was a massive Prodigy fan and their album “Music For The Gilted Generation” blew my mind! I don’t know how many hundreds of times I’ve listened to that album. Then I got into DJ mixes and started listening to Carl Cox live mixes. Back then, he played hardcore music and I was always fascinated as to how DJs could mix tracks together and wanted to do it myself! I have always had great respect for Paul van Dyk, even with his huge success, he was always focused on the dancefloor when it came to his DJ sets. Eric Prydz is probably my favourite producer at the moment. He has had massive commercial success but has maintained a credible image. I love everything he does.
3) Climbing each step of the way and creating career milestones, what would you say would be one of the most memorable moments in your career?
It’s hard to pick just one memorable moment since I have a few of them. Being voted #82 in the DJ Mag top 100 a couple of years ago was a great feeling. Also appearing on BBC Radio One a couple of times doing guest mixes because I spent years listening to the station so to be on there was an honor for me. Another memorable moment was having my first track “Cued Recall” signed and pressed to vinyl. There have been so many great gigs and countries that I’ve loved too.
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4) Congrats on your new single Afraid of The Dark under your R.I.C.O alias! Such a massive and progressive track which was even featured on the Global DJ Broadcast. Give us some details of how you developed the R.I.C.O project and what more can we expect within the upcoming rest of the year.
This project was simply for me to do whatever I wanted without any pressure; to really bring out my deeper, darker, and more underground sound. Nowadays, the trance scene is saturated with so much “cheese” that there is very little of the music that I love. I feel that few producers are wiling to take risks and I really just wanted something fresh. Luckily, I have a lot of support from my fans which is great because there isn’t much stuff out there like it, so I definitely want to develop the alias. BUT….. I will still be pushing my bigger sound under my own name, that isn’t going away, I just want to have both so I can try new things.
5) When you’re not touring or producing, what do you like to do for fun or for leisure?
I love keeping fit, I would go to the gym most mornings and I also train in Thai Boxing at night. Being Irish… I used to drink a lot more and that was my way of de-stressing. But now that I don’t do that as much, exercising has taken its place which can only be a good thing!
6) As the electronic scene is growing largely and at a enormous rate, what differences can you seen between the US and in Europe?
I think America is much more mainstream and there are only pockets where trance seems to be as popular. I do think if you are a broad range DJ you can fit on though. Europe is so much smaller now, the scene has shrunk a lot but you can maybe get away with more driving trance here. I think it’s great all round that America is blowing up and its a brilliant country, I love playing there.
7) Lastly, we always finish with this question. What does music mean to you?
Music is the thing that shapes my life, everything revolves around it and probably always will!