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With his unique twist on that melodic house sound we just can’t get enough of, Los Angeles based producer Ravell is on the way to the top with all of his ongoing musical ventures. It’s been quite a jam-packed year for the thriving artist so far, and with only two months left to go, there’s still quite a few eventful projects on the horizon.

Ravell was introduced to electronic dance music at a young age, constantly surrounded by the beauty of it all. Growing up, his father mixed tunes at home, encouraging a young 12-year old Ravell to begin DJing at his side. He played a grand role in becoming so infatuated by such a distinct musical genre at the time. From that point on, what was once just an enjoyable hobby to spend time together turned out to be a full-time profession for him.

Once Ravell’s presence in the scene took off, he gained the respect of many prominent artists including that of the one and only Kaskade. He completely took Ravell under his wing and even asked him to join him on tour over the past couple of years as well as join the Arkade record label family. Since then, Ravell has gotten the opportunity to perform at grand venues and music festivals such as The Staples Center in LA, Coachella, EDC Las Vegas, and has spectacularly bloomed as an artist overall.

As Ravell’s music career continues to thrive, we can’t wait to see how much further he can progress in the electronic music world. We got to chatting with Ravell ourselves, gaining insight on how this all started for him, his journey on the Arkade team, and more. Take a peek at our exclusive Nocturnal Times interview with the ambitious house producer below to learn more!

The Nocturnal Times: Your father introduced you to music production and DJing at a young age – can you tell us more about your musical upbringing and how it led to music becoming a passion of yours?

Ravell: It all started as a hobby when I was 12 years old. It was more of a way for my father and I to bond together while doing something we both loved. We would go out and play local private parties, weddings, and even Quinceañeras. As soon as I turned fifteen, I realized I wanted to pursue music as a career.

The Nocturnal Times: At what point in your life did you realize that you wanted to actually pursue a career in electronic dance music? What steps did you take in order to come as far as you have?

Ravell: I remember one of the first house party gigs I ever played in Fontana. I was able to play nothing but electronic music for the first time ever. There was something special about that energy compared to anything else I had done up to that point, it changed my world. It was the moment I decided I wanted to take this all the way. I didn’t know how far it would take me, but I knew it felt right. I basically went out and played any gig I could get my hands on.  I never could have imagined the accomplishments I would have thus far in my career but I’m extremely grateful for all the opportunities that have come my way. It definitely took a ton of commitment and determination to get me to where I’m at today. I live by the motto, “if you’re going to do it, do it right!”

The Nocturnal Times: How would you describe your signature sound? Would you say that any specific artists inspired your unique melody?

Ravell: I would describe my sound as a distinct musical experience of uplifting melodic tones and high energy.  To be honest, I would say that the experiences I’ve had in life have inspired my sound and my melodies more than any specific artist has. I love to experiment, and I usually make a song based around a feeling or a mood I’m experiencing when I write.

The Nocturnal Times: What have been some of the most memorable shows that you’ve performed at so far and why have these in particular stuck with you over the years?

Ravell: I have to say that one of the most memorable moments at a show this year was playing the main stage at Hard Summer. It felt perfect. Also, knowing that I was able to perform in my hometown (Fontana, CA) was extremely rewarding. I hope I made my school teachers proud haha!

The Nocturnal Times: You just performed at Insomniac’s Boo! event in San Francisco this past weekend – did you debut any unreleased music throughout your set?

Ravell: Heck yeah! No doubt about that. I’ve actually been playing a few unreleased songs at some of my recent gigs. There were a few I was really thrilled to share with the crowd and it seemed like they enjoyed them all so I’m happy about that!

The Nocturnal Times: Can you tell us more about how your relationship with Kaskade developed and how you came to be such a prominent artist on his Arkade record label?

Ravell: Kaskade is such a down to earth guy! I wouldn’t know how to put it any other way. He definitely played a huge role in the early years of my career. We actually met back in 2011 on the Identity Tour. Ever since, we had the opportunity to work together and everything just clicked so effortlessly! I’m humbled to call him my friend.

The Nocturnal Times: How has your experience being part of the Arkade family been so far? Are there any upcoming projects or releases that we should expect on the label any time soon?

Ravell: It’s definitely been a great experience. There are so many talented producers on the label! I’m super fortunate enough to call them homies. As of now, nothing of that sense is scheduled yet but you never know what’s to come since its such a fast-paced industry.

The Nocturnal Times: Now that 2019 is coming to an end, what would you say are your biggest priorities and main goals for 2020 in terms of your music career?

Ravell: In 2020, I hope to continue to inspire and reach as many Ravellions as I possibly can. I also plan to continue developing my musical influences and incorporating more of my Latin roots into them. I’ve become very passionate about intertwining the two genres!

Check out Ravell’s latest track “Rockin” below:

Currently based in NYC, I hope to inspire others positively through my writing. Electronic music has become both a passion and a form of inspiration in my life, and I wouldn't change it for the world. I aspire to share this passion of mine with others and help them understand the uplifting potential it can have on our lives!

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