I.H.O.S Chats With… Romy Ancona
And the interviews continue as we chat with all four DJs on our line-up for this Wednesday’s party. Next up is Romy Ancona the quickly rising producer and performer that is guaranteed to have you all raging. Over his short three years of being a DJ, Romy has managed to land some top-notch live gigs in some of the most popular music festivals including Coachella, Lightning In A Bottle and Burning Man. We got a chance to ask him a few questions about living in L.A, his music and upcoming projects. So let this self-taught musician charm you with his words as you move to his music! Count on him bringing a blast of energy this Wednesday.
Read the full interview after the jump!
IHOS: First let’s start with what is it about L.A that makes you call it home?
RA: The things that makes me call LA home are the beaches and the surf. Moving from Cozumel, Mexico to the United States has been a blessing with everything this country has given my family and I.
IHOS: We read that you are self-taught. Where did the hunger to make music come from? And how did the learning process begin?
RA: Punk Rock and Metal music is where the hunger came from. I played bass guitar in multiple bands growing up and loved making music with other people. It began with close friends needing a bass player for shows. I went to guitar center, picked up a guitar and learned songs as fast as I could. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. Practicing air guitar in the shower has helped my stage presence tremendously today.
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IHOS: You’ve had some pretty big performances including Coachella, Burning Man, and Lightning In A Bottle. If you had to choose, which one was your favorite? And would you do it again?
RA: Coachella was my absolute favorite! It was like driving a huge truck. A really big truck with precious cargo. The cargo being everyone in front of me and the huge sound system being the truck. Nothing can go unnoticed while playing on such a big sound system for such a big crowd. I would definitely do it again. That show helped me grow so much.
IHOS: House is your main cup of tea, but what other genres or influences are present in your music?
RA: Totally. House is my absolute favorite genre. I’ve been playing a lot of Deep House lately at recent shows. I have a special place in my heart for R&B vocals. So anything with deep, soulful, sentimental influences I will incorporate into my sets. On Wednesday I will definitely be showing some of those influences. I’m excited 🙂
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IHOS: Where do you find yourself most nights and weekends in L.A?
RA: In N Out is my go to when I’m hungry at night. If I’m being a bad girl, I drive my fat ass through the Del Taco drive through. I know. It’s a problem. On the weekends I can be spotted at Sound Nightclub if I see an artist playing there that I like. Huxley is playing there soon. Wanna go? I don’t want to go alone… Lil Death is where I go to church on Sundays (hands praying emoji).
IHOS: Got any exciting projects in the works?
RA: Yes! I’m producing with Greg Gonzalez (Templeton) under the name Visibility. I don’t know if he’s getting mad about me talking about this right now (sorry Greg!) but our live set we have been working on is rockin. Also, he and I just launched a new residency at Vaucluse on Sunset blvd across the street from the Chateu Marmont. It’s a monthly that showcases our new music and different DJs each show. Indie, Deep, And G House. It’s been awesome turn outs so far. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date with the residency and any of the above mentioned. Or if you like tacos late at night. Hit me up. @RomyAncona