Catching Up With…DJ Ricky Stone
When you are one of the hottest DJs in a country with more than a billion people, life is good. For DJ Ricky Stone, (www.djrickystone.com
) making the move from the UK to China more than six years ago has worked out exceedingly well. With a hot new track “In Miami” and a #35 ranking in the prestigious DJ Magazine “Top 100” poll under his belt, Eventvibe took some time to catch up with Ricky during some rare downtime in Hong Kong in advance of his main stage appearance at ETD POP fest later this month (Click Here for more info on and to Win Tickets to etd.POP at Cow Palace in Daly City, CA 5/23/09!
) alongside Paul Van Dyk, Ferry Corsten, Derrick Carter and deadmau5.Eventvibe: What do you miss most following you move to Hong Kong from the UK?
Ricky Stone: Since I have been living in Hong Kong for six years now, I really consider China home now. Of course I miss family and friends and hanging out in bars during the afternoon, but Hong Kong is amazing. The energy here is amazing, the climate is great and the cost of living is actually pretty reasonable. Everything here is incredibly efficient, which is something I appreciate more and more—especially when I travel.EV: What’s the scene like in Hong Kong?
RS: Actually it’s very similar to London in many ways, with a central business district and a focus on a lot of smaller clubs with a lot of great DJs and styles of music. But it’s also like New York, in that there is always something going on 24 hours a day. The nightlife is amazing and I love the people here.EV: What are some of your influences?
RS: When I was growing up, I liked a lot of the early DJs who were always working hard and playing out, like Carl Cox and Frankie Knuckles. But Sasha is by far the best around—it’s been a bit since he has been in China, maybe three years ago or so, but he’s one of those people who is just amazing and I was honored to play with him during his tour of China in support of Involver.EV: Congratulations on rising through the ranks on the DJ Magazine list. What’s the secret to your success?
RS. I really have to hand it to my fans. I have a really big following in Hong Kong and when you have a city with that many people and you strike a musical chord with them, all of a sudden you have thousands of people passionate about what you do, which is a great feeling. I have a monthly newsletter with more than 400,000 subscribers, but it has been a following that has taken years to build and look after.EV: How do you stay in touch with your fans and keep them up to date on everything going on?
RS: All of the social networking sites have been a great way to stay in touch with people literally around the world. Facebook, MySpace—the only one I still don’t get is Twitter—it feels a bit stalker like to me.EV: What are you looking forward to most about the EDT POP fest?
RS: Aside from seeing a lot of really talented DJs and acts like Derrick Carter and Andy Caldwell, I have tons of friends coming from all over that I have not seen in a while—people coming all the way from Toronto, Hong Kong and even Australia!