Ricardo Villalobos

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Ricardo Villalobos
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Background information
Birth nameRicardo Villalobos
Also known asBispeed Black, Richard Wolfsdorf, Termiten, Alliv Sobol
Born (1970-08-06) August 6, 1970 (age 50) Santiago de Chile, Chile
Origin Darmstadt, Germany
Genres Microhouse
Minimal Techno
Occupation(s) Disc jockey
Record producer
Years active1993–present
Labels Sei Es Drum
Frisbee Tracks
Sister Phunk
Lo-Fi Stereo
Cadenza Music
Associated actsBajo Tierra, Chirurgie Boutique, Gucci, Hombre Ojo, R & R, Ric Y Martin, Ricardo vs. Jay, Sense Club

Ricardo Villalobos (born 6 August 1970) is a Chilean-born German electronic music producer and DJ. [1] He is well known for his work in the minimal techno and microhouse genres, and is one of the most significant figures in today's minimal techno scene. [1]


Life and work

Villalobos was born in Chile on 6 August 1970. [1] [2] In 1973 [2] he moved to Germany with his family to escape the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, [1] [3] who had seized power that year.

When Villalobos was around 10 or 11 he started to play conga and bongos. He began making electronic music in the late 80s. From a very young age he has been a big fan of Depeche Mode, following their tours around Europe to listen to them.

Villalobos began to play his music at parties while he was studying at university, but this was only for his own enjoyment. He started a label, Placid Flavour, in 1993 but this was unsuccessful. His first record was released on the German Playhouse label in 1994 [1] and he began DJing as a professional in 1998.

In 2006 Villalobos, along with Richie Hawtin and Luciano, played to around 300,000 people at the Berlin Loveparade. [1]

At the end of 2008 and 2010, he came first in Resident Advisor's Top 100 DJs of the year. [4]

Villalobos has released several records on various notable labels, such as Perlon, Playhouse and [a:rpia:r].


Studio albums


Singles and EPs

  • Sinus Poetry EP (1993)
  • The Contempt (1995)
  • Heike (1995)
  • N-DRA (1996)
  • Salvador (1998)
  • 808 the Bassqueen (1999)
  • Frank Mueller Melodram (1999)
  • Pino Jet Explosion (1999)
  • Ibiza99 (2000)
  • Luna (2000)
  • Que Belle Epoque (2000)
  • Tomorrov Cocktail / Ananas (2000)
  • Bredow / Damm 3 (2001)
  • Halma (2002)
  • 808 The Bass Queen / Filtadelic (2003)
  • The Contempt (2004)
  • Achso (2005)
  • Chromosul (2005)
  • For Disco Only 2 (2005)
  • Que Belle Epoque 2006 (2006)
  • Heike (2006)
  • Seive / Jimis (2006)
  • Unflug (2006)
  • What You Say Is More Than I Can Say (2006)
  • What's Wrong My Friends? (2006)
  • Fizheuer Zieheuer (2006)
  • Enfants (2008)
  • Vasco EP part 1 (2008)
  • Vasco EP part 2 (2008)
  • Peculiar / 3 Züge (2010)
  • Any Ideas / Emilio (2012)
  • Baby EP (2012)
  • Voodog (2014)
  • Who Are We? EP (2015)


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