Spanish DJ John Talabot is coming to Singapore again after five years

Spanish DJ John Talabot is coming to Singapore again after five years


Text: Rachel Chan

Image: Instagram | @john_talabot

Emotive, melodic and sitting in between indie and dance — introducing Barcelona-based DJ John Talabot

When the thought of DJs come to mind, the general stereotypes that follow include men obnoxiously yelling into a microphone for the audience to "jump" or "put their f*cking hands up" and just going wild with bass drops, but not John Talabot. The 36-year-old Barcelona native, whose real name is Oriol Riverola, has been held in high regard from music critics and lovers due to his well-produced tracks. An introduction? 'Sunshine', his debut from 2010, the kind you dance to on a tropical beach with a sangria in hand.

After discovering house and techno music when he started going to the clubs at age 16 and 17, Riverola cultivated his love by bringing along a notebook and jotting down tracks he really liked. In 2008, started his own music label, Hivern Discs, releasing a few more singles for two years after the success of 'Sunshine'. His first album, ƒIN, released in 2012, skyrocketed him to popularity. He also continued to give himself more exposure by remixing songs from artists like Sfire and The xx, even opening for the latter during their North American tour in 2012.

Riverola is also known for his other projects such as grouping with fellow Spanish DJ Marc Piñol to form Quentin, and forming Talaboman with Swedish DJ Axel Boman, where they released their album, The Night Land, last year. With his increasing list of achievements, Riverola then found himself playing at clubs and festivals around the globe such as Sónar Barcelona and Coachella 2018, bringing his brand of music to even bigger stages. To hear more from the DJ and producer, you can also check out Riverola's new monthly show, Music for days like these, on NTS Radio.

Catch John Talabot's performance during Escape 65 on 9 May, 9pm to 2am at Golden X The Great Escape.
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