Today, acclaimed techno producer Coyu, whose real name is Iván Ramos, released his debut album You Don’t Know.
The album took seven years to create and features tracks from numerous genres including techno, drum and bass, trip hop and underground house music. Ramos says he didn’t want the songs on You Don’t Know to all be one genre, which is why it took him so many years to release it—he wanted to be at a point in his career where he could showcase genres other than techno and house that also represent who he is as an artist.
“I guess now I’m sure about who I am, the kind of music I want to release [and] the kind of music I want to show because this album is very open-minded,” he adds. “It’s very eclectic. It’s not like a techno album or a house album. There are some house tracks for sure, but I guess I want to show a different side of myself—a side not many people know. That’s why it’s called You Don’t Know.”
The introduction to the album even features a man speaking about how people don’t know the experiences he has been through, emphasizing the name and purpose behind the album. The Barcelona-based producer says he considered releasing the debut album under a different alias because he thought fans would say it doesn’t sound like his normal tracks, but he eventually felt more confident and mature as an artist to release different genres of music. He notes that much of the album is electronica and is meant for listeners to enjoy at home because it’s different from the usual tracks one might hear in a club and dance to.
“This album is very 90s because back in the day albums were very creative and the artists wanted to show all of the sides of their musical skills,” Ramos says. “I guess it’s something like that. It’s an album that’s not sticking in one genre.”
You Don’t Know was released on Ramos’ imprint, Suara, which was founded in 2008. The label has released tracks from numerous world-renowned producers, such as Alan Fitzpatrick, Charlotte de Witte and CamelPhat. Suara’s tagline is “all about music and cats,” which also correlates with Ramos’ Suara Foundation that helps Barcelona’s street cats.
The foundation was started in 2011 by Ramos and his partner Aida Iniesta, who is a feline veterinarian, Through Suara Foundation, the two of them work together to create a better living space for street cats in Barcelona by providing veterinary care and letting the cats live at their foundation’s home until they are adopted. Though Ramos says he was a dog person prior to Iniesta introducing him to cats, he has made cats part of his life now through both the foundation and his label that boasts paintings of cat faces by GaAs on the cover of all of the releases.
Article originally posted by forbes.