Sep 10, 2020
1001Tracklists Spotlight: RØYAL
Today we’re shining the spotlight on Pedro Ferreira, known by his artist alias RØYAL. Freshly graduated from the Music Conservatory in Lisbon, Portugal, he’s had an explosive 2020 with his debut ‘Future’ EP on Epic247 Recordings. He quickly followed his EP with official remixes for Cat Dealers, Magnificence & Shapov, and his latest collab with fellow Portuguese producer Ben Ambergen, “Foolin’” was just released and making big noise! Read on to get an inside look at one of the bright up and coming star producers in dance music!
Pedro, thanks for joining us for your first ever interview! You recently graduated from the Music Conservatory in Lisbon, Portugal so that seems like a good place for us to start. What was your experience there like?
Thank you for having me! Yes that’s correct. I graduated a couple of years ago with a focused study in music composition and it was for sure an extremely beneficial experience for my future. I’m lucky to have a family that has always been connected to music and provided me with these experiences. In school we had to write music for other genres of music, so it’s given me the tools needed to be creative in any genre I might want to focus on.
While you just launched your RØYAL artist alias in 2020, it’s clear that you have a longer background in music production. Outside of school, can you tell us some more about your background in music and some of your biggest inspirations?
I started studying music when I was five years old, first with classical piano and music theory lessons in school and later on getting a degree in music in the Portuguese conservatoire. The first time I touched a DAW was at 12 years old thanks to my dad who used to make music as a hobby on Reason 5 at the time. I think I started taking things more seriously when I was 14 and published my first song on SoundCloud. I had several names over the years and made every single genre I found interesting at the time. This eventually led me to start working in music production studios where I made music for artists in different genres.
Accounting for every song I’ve ever made as a music producer, I’ve been part of close to 150 songs with over 250 million streams which is something that, looking back, makes me really proud of the work we’ve done and the friendships that came with it. There’s nothing better than making music with friends.
What do you want to stand for as an artist under RØYAL and what’s been your most proud achievement thus far?
With RØYAL my main goal is to create a unique sound signature that people can associate with the project and testing the boundaries of dance music and my own as a producer. I’ve always seen Magnificence as pioneers of the dance scene, and being able to have remixed one of their songs and having my name next to theirs was for sure one of my proudest moments.
Take us inside the two tracks from your debut Future EP and share a little bit about the inspiration, production, or meaning to you.
I wanted to create that sound signature that people could associate to RØYAL. It took months before I found my sound and what I wanted to transmit to people, and Future was the first two songs that I felt deeply connected to and that I thought brought something new. “Close To Me” has a lot of industrial dubstep influences with bass house and rave music. I’ve always been a fan of futuristic sounding tracks and “Close To Me” is still to this date one of my favorite songs I’ve made. “Genesis” is the darker brother of “Close To Me.” It’s more experimental and club focused. In February 2020, I contacted Herman at Epic247 about my project and the songs I was working on, starting with the Future EP, and that’s how the partnership with Epic247 Recordings started.
You’ve also impressed this year with big remixes for Cat Dealers [Check out his Seatbelt Remix], Magnificence & Shapov. What does it mean to you to be able to remix such established artists this early in your career?
It was a great privilege to be able to remix artists that I’ve always looked up to. Both Cat Dealers and Magnificence & Shapov revolutionized their genres, and being able to see my name next to them brings me a lot of joy. I’m very thankful for their belief in my music and for allowing me to share my vision of their songs with their fans.
You’ve kept the momentum going with your Ben Ambergen collab “Foolin’” on Epic247 Recordings! What was it like working with Ben and what’s your favorite element in the track?
Ben is a longtime friend. We met seven years ago when I was just starting to release music and It’s actually not the first time we’ve made music together. Ben has been a reference in the Portuguese scene for a while and It was great to be able to make music again with him. I think both of our genres complemented each other surprisingly well!
2020 has been a trying year for all. Outside of the standout productions that we’ve been discussing, what have been some of your highlights this year?
It has definitely been a challenging year for everyone in the industry. I want to take this opportunity to send out to all my colleagues and friends a word of encouragement and appreciation. We’ve all been doing our best to keep our passion alive and hopefully we’ll be able to party together very soon. Above all, I think this year finally gave me time to focus on my own music and to understand better what I wanted to do creatively. I’ve learned a lot with so many people and was able to e-meet so many amazing and talented producers that would’ve otherwise been busy touring, and It’s for sure been very beneficial for me to have learned with more experienced musicians. A highlight of this year was for sure signing with Epic247 as a label partner for this new venture. They share the same vision as I do when it comes to where the dance scene is moving and I’m really happy to be working with them.
Looking ahead, if you could collaborate with any two artists in the future, who would you pick, and why?
I would have to say Magnificence for all of the reasons I mentioned above, and Tiësto since as most of my generation, I’ve grown to love electronic music thanks to him. My first dance music CD was a Christmas gift from my dad and it was Tiësto’s Just Be with the iconic “Adagio For Strings.” That song started my love for dance music.
And as we wrap up, what is one goal that you’re hoping to achieve by the end of 2020, and one by the end of next year?
There’s some very exciting collabs coming very soon with big references of the dance music scene that I’m super excited about. My goal for this year is to share my music with as many people as possible and to continue to have these opportunities to work with super talented producers. For 2021, my only hope is that we’re able to reunite again at festivals worldwide and that I can finally share my music live with the crowd and feel their energy once again.
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