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Asian Dan Interview: David Rubato

David Rubato is one of the most exciting producers to come out in quite a while. He adds a level of class and musicality to the ever growing genre of electronic dance music. He channels such greats as Jean Michel Jarre and Giorgio Moroder, mad scientists that twisted and turned knobs to dial in the perfect blend of sine and square waves. Circuit is one of my favorite dance tracks of the past few years. Amazing bass part and squelching synth. I cannot wait to hear more from Mr. Rubato.

Siriusmo is leading the way in the kraut dance scene and his remix of Mr. Rubato’s Circuit is further proof of his production magic. The psuedo French suave monologue kind of gets annoying

David Rubato – Circuit (Siriusmo Remix)

Asian Dan Interview: David Rubato
Where does the name David Rubato comes from ?

My parents named me David after Oistrakh and i picked up Rubato while joking with friends on my piano style being all about voicings.

What are your biggest influences, musical or otherwise?

My inner drive to move forward.

Could you describe your production style ? What is your main way of composition? Is the groove, bassline/drums, the first and most crucial element you work on?

I compose and produce by going back and forth between associative thinking to accumulate ideas–of objects, goals, techniques, principles etc.–and applying them with methodical attention to every detail, as I consider that all aspects and elements are decisive. I find it somehow similar to solving a puzzle: clusters happen but there’s no strict processing order. My work is done when each second of the record induces in me the exact feelings i’m after. This MO developped itself over time, partially in reaction to the early remixes i did, for Spencer&Hill and NyLon, which I don’t like at all.

Circuit is one of my favorite dance tracks I have heard in quite a few years, I know it was all a live recording with real bass and you twisting knobs on a modular synth 🙂 what was your main inspiration behind that track?

Thanks. There were two main ideas, one of which you mentioned: experimenting with real time and looking for strong sensations.

Your music is crafted and composed like composers and producers from the 70s/early 80s, are you trying to bring back that level of musicality to dance music?

I get a kick out of challenging myself, working on my skills and creating what suits my tastes. It’s an inner adventure. Curiosity for music made thirty years ago is part of that process but I don’t think in terms of “what dance music needs” and I’m not trying to bring back anything.

What is it like to be part of the Institubes family?

It’s very interesting.

What do you think is the next “big thing” in music? I feel like dance music in particular is trying to clean itself up and polish its sound, shake off all the noise and distortion that Justice started, ha.

I don’t view dance music as a unique entity trying to do one thing more than another. Individuals act based on their unique interests and desires and all possible things are happening at the same time.

Future plans for David Rubato? Releases, tours?

More music, no touring for now.

David Rubato’s sheet music for Circuit 🙂

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Midnight Juggernauts x David Rubato

I’ve been waiting for this remix for quite a while. I love that David Rubato uses all real instruments like real bass and some really great sounding drum samples along with old school analog synths like on his track Circuit. David Rubato tastefully remixes Shadows by adding some vocoder and beefing up the bass part while still retaining the original vibe of the Juggernauts’ track.
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Midnight Juggernauts – Shadows (David Rubato Remix)

Midnight Juggernauts Shadows 10″ – Arcade Mode

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Led Zeppelin didn’t write tunes everybody liked. They left that to the Bee Gees.

Disco Nouveau.
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Sceanrio Rock – Both Gotta Move On (SebastiAn Remix)

SebastiAn and Para One are 2 of the new french touch artists that will be making some great tracks in the future and will definitely be making a name for themselves. Para One can be the next Aphex Twin but hipper. Para One has just finished scoring NAISSANCE DES PIEUVRES which showcases a more intellectual and introspective side to his music.


On the other side of the world, down under the Midnight Juggernauts are creating a new sound of shoegaze cinematic disco funk, just think if Alan Braxe & Kevin Shields decided to start an epic synth rock band in the 70s. Midnight Juggerenauts are a Justice fav and are opening up for them on their upcoming US tour. I’ll be at their show on Oct 20 in NYC.

Midnight Juggernauts’ Myspace

Midnight Juggernauts – Shadows

Giorgio Moroder would love David Rubato, a Frenchmen classical trained in jazz piano who decided to start making dance music. This track “Circuit” is a live recording which is very unorthodox for a dance track these days. Notice the great slap bass. Funky. David Rubato is treating and manipulating all the sounds in real time. David Rubato is releasing a 12″ Single of “Circuit” that includes sheet music so that you can all play along and cover this tune. Check out his myspace where he posted some new tracks.

David Rubato’s Myspace

David Rubato – Circuit

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